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Good Ideas Rarely Rise to the Top (In Your Company)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Many corporate Boards of Directors operate under the belief that “good ideas rise to the top.” This is important because these Boards are directly responsible for the long-term health and growth of the company, to which good ideas contribute greatly.

This is a false belief. You will remember times throughout your career when people you know had very good ideas to which they could not get anyone to listen.

A good example occurred at Xerox, who invented the computer mouse and GUI in their PARC labs. Though they could not get senior management to listen, others did. Steve Jobs took a tour of the labs and went on to found Apple based on this technology. Bill Gates took the same tour and launched Windows soon afterward. Xerox received no benefits from these innovations; these good ideas did not rise to the top.

How to guard against this in your organization? Let’s talk.