Like moths, we are attracted to light. In a company, that light is innovation. Everyone wants to be a part of the latest greatest thing. But that should not come at the expense of delivering on a product that has already been developed.
In a lesson on Big Think Edge, the only forum on YouTube designed to help you get the skills you need to be successful in a rapidly changing world, leadership consultant Stephen Miles argues that a balance must be maintained between optimization on one front and growing things on the other front. "I think a lot of times we optimize on one or the other which sub-optimizes the company," Miles says.
In the video below, which you can watch in full by signing up for a free trial at Big Think Edge, Miles presents three key ways to maintain this balance.
To be successful, innovation requires both the planting of seeds and the pruning of buds.
Experimentation is a strategy that supports innovation without sacrificing optimization.
Leadership teams should contain a complementary mix of planters and pruners, or innovators and optimizers.
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