Category: Execution

“You miss 100% of the shots you never take” – Wayne Gretzky

Mr. Gretzky’s other great quote speaks to ideas, “..skate to where the puck is going,” and this one speaks to taking action.  Wonder if the guy ever started a company.

No idea, no technology, no dream will ever change the world unless someone takes a shot on getting it out there.  The public ultimately decides but not until they get the chance.

“Execution eats strategy for breakfast” – Sidney Eve

We have an imagination laboratory with white boards all around and projectors and sound systems and TVs and cool furniture.  As we were building it, a colleague commented, “I’ll never get you out of here.”  Imagination and vision are warm and safe sanctuaries.  It is the realm of possibilities and unlimited potential.

I go there as often as I can.

Alas, sooner or later, somebody has to “do” something.  Potential is wasted if not channeled into something tangible.  True, the value of the plan is in the planning but it is wasted unless the plan hits the road.

Execution is the hardest part but it’s the only thing that translates into value.

“We choose not to be remarkable because we’re worried about criticism.” – Seth Godin

Change is hard.  People that lead change are often not popular with those who have a lot to lose.  Even those who have nothing to lose join in because failure is better news than success.

How many world-changing ideas die in the minds of the ones who choose to keep it to themselves?

I don’t know but it matters.  A lot!

But choosing to be remarkable demands that you see it through.  No one else can do it for you.  Nor should they.  It’s your idea.  The hard part is making it happen.  That’s where the value is.

Read “Tribes” by Seth Godin

“After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done.” – Unknown

Investors are not investing in your technology, although it’s the framework.  They don’t invest in your great presentation or your clever business model, although they open the door.  They don’t invest in your resume although it’s a solid validation.  And that glossy four color business plan?  It ends up in a file folder.

Investors invest in your ability to get things done.  To execute.  To accomplish milestones.  To get customers.  To generate cash.  The rest is just blah, blah, blah…