An excellent post from Scott Berkun. If you are at all involved with a group of people as decision makers a must read.
some take aways:
They mistakenly believe the problem is the quality of ideas, when in fact the problem is the conservative psychology inherent in democracy.
Pure democracy is not the political system that will create the most change – it’s a system geared for stability, not for innovation.
if you ask for more innovation without changing the authority structure, I’ll call you crazy.