In a Slashdot post on the Australian government getting two Mainframes stolen, the first posts deal with (what else) tipping your waiter and waitresses. Gotta love it!
Fast Company: Today, in contrast, many leaders are almost cynical about new ideas. If one were to construct an ambition index, you'd find evidence of a growling bear in the idea marketplace. Virtually every barometer is down: published business books, leadership lectures, consulting revenues, corporate investment in developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of employees, venture capital money and deals, and issued patents. The numbers reflect a severe idea recession.
I originally thought this lack of ambition and new ideas mainly plagued IT. There is certainly a fear to move beyond the comfortable these days. I'm sure there are a lot of reasons for this, many of them psychological. The question is how you get out of this rut.