“The smaller your goals, the more marginal your success!” – Jim Carroll
No one ever achieved great things by pursuing small minded goals.! (Except for a few accidental innovations along the way, like Post-It Notes and SuperGlue.)
Real achievers establish far reaching goals based on big stretches of the imagination as to what they can accomplish – the word ‘impossible’ is a key part of their daily vocabulary.The idea of achieving ‘exceptional’ things is always in their mind. Constantly challenging themselves as to thinking how to be audacious is the oxygen that they breathe.
That’s where my stage topic of “What Do World Class Innovators Do That Others Don’t Do” comes from – literally, it is an examination of the big-minded thinking that organizations – large and small – pursue to achieve success.
The thing about these organizations – or the people who lead them – is that these innovators aren’t afraid to back away from big ideas: they know that right now it’s a great time to made bold decisions, and take decisive actions to forge aggressive new paths against the change that surrounds them.
They are decisive in their efforts, so that while they know that everyone else is wallowing in aggressive indecision and organizational sclerosis, they are fully aware that it is a great time to do great things.
I’ve been studying and thinking about these ‘world class innovators’ do for over 20 years. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking as to what it is that makes some organizations excel at the concept of innovation while others do not.
They have unique approaches to the future, and different attitudes, leadership styles and strategies that seems to provide them a secret-sauce of innovative thinking – that’s found in my list of ’10 Traits of World Class Innovators.’ But the key thing that they have in common is that they don’t think small!