Ideas, as we all know, can be incredibly powerful forces. And we are deeply fortunate to be part of a community where colleagues at all levels have the talent and creativity to come up with so many good ones.
But it strikes me that having great ideas is not enough. There’s also the matter of follow-through.
I’m sure you can think of many situations where even the most incisive insights don’t really achieve anything. There’s “Monday-morning quarterbacking,” for instance—the brilliant clarity about what the right strategy should have been…once the game is over. Or “nay-saying”—the talent for identifying everything that’s wrong with someone else’s plan. Or coming up with a fan