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Catalysts for Collaborative Innovation


Future Pull

Leadership often involves making decisions in the face of insufficient information. Doing nothing until the situation clarifies itself is in itself a decision. But by the time the situation is clear, the real opportunity has passed. As Will Rodgers once said “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” 

Today’s leaders cannot afford to wait and get run over. They must be prepared to take reasonable risk, and to make difficult decisions before all the supporting data exists. Leadership requires a gut-level view of how the future will unfold and what you must do to be relevant and to win in that future.  For innovation, having this Envisioned Future enables decision-makers to avoid the "imaginary number" criteria of ROI and NPV (which if an innovation is truly new, are by definition guesses), and instead, invest in the opportunities and capabilities they will need to win in their future.