1. Say "Why Not?" Not "Why?" If you don't, you'll never know what you and your teams are capable of.
If you ever wondered if you're paid to talk about doing things rather than actually do them, you're not alone. Many businesses suffer from the same ailment – stifling innovation by running good ideas through the ringer. Hours of meetings about the same topics and endless email chains can kill good ideas before they ever get off the ground. In the book "Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future" (Harvard Business Review Press/available now) authors Leonard Schlesinger, Charles Kiefer and Paul Brown provide compelling arguments for keeping the small talk to a minimum and being doers rather than talkers. With the accelerating pace of business, there's an increased acceptance of both risk and failure. And while the authors don't advocate reckless abandon, they do promote taking action over sloth and inertia. Schlesinger is president of Babson College. Kiefer is president of Innovation Associates. Brown is a contributing editor to both the MIT Sloan Management Review and The Conference Board Review. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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