Like last week, I’m doing this because it relates directly to a current thread in the show. Next week’s episode will be new, called “Non-Disclosure Agreements – Mistrust Is Not a Good Starting Point.” It’s a topic I’ve been wanting to write about for a while, and it fits nicely into my upcoming series called The New Customer Relationship.
Episode 14 was called, “Ideas vs. Execution,” and it’s one of my top 10 most-downloaded episodes. It also serves to put next week’s topic into context. In short, it’s about how to pick the right idea to bank on, how to develop it, and how to assess whether or not the idea is succeeding. An idea, by itself, is not worth much. It’s what you do with the idea that counts. It all comes down to execution.
One of my favorite quotes that highlights the importance of execution is from Tim Wu in his book, “The Attention Merchants.”
In business, invention is often said to be overrated as compared with execution. Perhaps the best proof of this idea yet to be offered by the twenty-first century is the success of Facebook, a business with an exceedingly low ratio of invention to success.
Ideas are a dime a dozen, even the great ones. If it’s all about the execution, the “protection instinct” isn’t going to help you. It’s actually going to slow you down.
Listen to the episode here or in iTunes, and then come back next week for my rant on NDAs. It should be fun – please subscribe if you want me to remind you!
My thinking is heavily informed by The Lean Startup by Eric Ries – especially his well-known MVP concept, but also his idea of avoiding “success theater.” It’s a seminal book, a quick read, and something I recommend to my clients, my students, and the first-time founders that I mentor.
Please note that both of the books mentioned here are Amazon affiliate links. I’d recommend them even if I didn’t get a couple pennies from Amazon, but I believe in full disclosure just the same.