Anyway, Zielina worked for about ten years in the media business. She tells what she loved about the jobs. And what she didn’t like:
The lack of creative space and lack of appreciation for innovation. The millions of meetings. Petty political fights on the management level. But, more than anything, the share of bad leaders I encountered, followed by disbelief when they still got rewarded with additional responsibilities by boards or CEOs.
Ultimately, she asks the crucial question:
What if it is not the new product, […] that will ‘save’ the media industry/the news organization in question, but if it’s rather our culture that is holding us back, and that will, ultimately, kill us if we don’t radically transform?
I would argue, she’s right.
Now, Zielina mentions the lack of appreciation for innovation. Here’s where I don’t entirely agree with her. At least in Switzerland, many media executives talk about change, are looking for new products and services. And, so I think, are also showing appreciation, if there’s any innovation happening within the company.
The problem, and now I’m probably back on her argumentation, is that innovation is damn hard inside those companies. Why? Because the leaders are indeed not embracing new models that encourage collaboration.