Thursday, September 14, 2006

Where ideas go to die

Here is a quick list of the places, among others, that great ideas have met an untimely demise:

The boardroom
The conference room
Big status meetings
Small status meetings
In your mind

The thing is that all these places have just as good a chance at helping to accelerate great ideas until we hear the excuses pop-up. Sometimes it is just the expectation of hearing these excuse and our minds begin to shut down on ourselves. We compromise our great ideas and they get watered down or left on the table.

Seth Godin nailed some of these excuses in his recent post "Top ways to defend the status quo"

The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelly of IDEO and this article by Tom Peters titled "The Wow Project" that appeared in Fast Company a while ago are great examples of how to generate ideas and make them happen. Let the Toms inspire you as they inspired me.

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At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Jason Verwey said...

Here's another... Execution.

Unfortunate but usually true.

At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Terry Fallis said...

Don't forget the Corporate Counsel's office...

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Michael Seaton said...

Jason, Terry - Thanks for your comments - your both right and there are likely dozens of other examples .. I seemed to be down on meetings for some reason yesterday!


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