Ideas have been getting a bad rap lately.
Some say the lack of innovation within organizations isn’t because of a lack of ideas, rather a lack of action. There are too many ideas and not enough implementors.
But, ideas need champions to implement them. Just the same way seeds need farmers.
A popular recommendation is: Stop generating ideas and start taking action. Stop the brainstorming and get to work. To return to my farm comparison, that would be like declaring:
Since crop production (innovation) is down
we need more farmers (execution)
and fewer seeds (ideas).
But that doesn’t work. We’d end up with a bunch of hungry farmers standing in cropless fields.
Fact is, we need both…