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Here are the steps

Find your square peg. He or she will be the one with the ideas and impatience for change. They may embarrass their managers by asking Why? too many times

Knock the corners off. ‘Encourage’ them to conform. Don’t look at what they achieve, but find fault when they fail to use the right procedures and paperwork. Make them understand that big picture thinking is for people more senior than them.

Hammer them into place. Have disciplinary meetings with them. There’s always something petty that can be built up into a case against them. The tend to be quirkily individuals who may not fit in with their co workers. So one option may be to attack them for a ‘lack of team spirit’. When their morale is broken, they can be squashed into the round hole.

It’s a simple as that.

But these ‘square pegs’ are where new ideas and innovations come from. These are the ‘crazy ones’ that challenge and change because they see no reason why not. They value who they are as creative individuals who see things differently.

They don’t want to be clones, as alike as peas in a tin. They want to be valued, challenged and supported. Edison, Einstein, Steve Jobs, Sir Issac Newton are just some of these different thinkers. There are others here

These are the people who, like the Bletchly Park code breakers, solve problems through single minded, focused and unusual intelligence

As Einstein said ‘Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.

These are the people who change the world. Must they be forced into round holes?
 

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Just curious what your question is? Are you the "square peg"? Or are you the "square peg who's had its corners rounded off" in the manner you described?
 

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Just curious what your question is?
It's actually a statement phrased as a rhetorical question. The statement is essentially...

RESIST bureaucratic collectivism with a CLENCHED FIST!
 

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What I'm saying, and I include myself as a square peg, is that many organisations value conformance over creativity and innovation. The people that don't fit smoothy into a round hole, like all the other round holes, are the ones that see things differently, have new ideas and challenge how things are. These people may have ideas that their employers don't value or recognise and so they leave and become entrepreneurs or get the sack and have difficulty finding another job. Different thinkers include people with Aspergers. I can't post the link but do a google search for 'Peter Thiel: Asperger’s can be a big advantage in Silicon Valley' for some comments. I'm self employed in a role that makes my square peg outlook an advantage.
 

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A square peg has to lose some of his value to fit into a round hole. I'm happy being an innovative square peg and earning money as a consultant.
 

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Make the square smaller.
The key to fitting into society is being short.
Or skinny, I suppose, but that has real-world implications I'm uncomfortable with.
That makes more sense, actually, since it wouldn't matter too much how long the peg is.
Unless it was longer than the box...
The key to fitting into society is being slim.
 

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The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

Square Pegs make it happen!
 
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