The Best Idea I’ve Ever Had

My team has been working incredibly hard to turn something that was once just an idea into a sustainable and growth-oriented model. In fact, they’ve been doing more than that the the stories that I hear from our graduates of The Iron Yard have validated that the hill that we’ve decided to climb was the right one to tackle.

And we want to do much, much more (as most companies do). We’ve got tons of neat ideas for expansion, for culture development, for creating even more value for our customers and for our staff. There’s always room for new and fresh ideas and I conjure up a ton of them every single week.

But the truth is that these great ideas require a lot of sharing so that they might become really good ideas. In fact, without collaboration the so-called “great” ideas that I’ve had are not actually that great. My best ideas are the ones that mature through this collaborative process.

You see, without a trusted team and staff to actually speak into an idea, bat it around, and refine it then the idea can only remain a mere shell, a starting point. Most of my ideas for ventures, projects, applications, products have always been crystalized and formed through sharing and community scrutiny.

Sometimes it’s just me and my partners. Other times it’s my wife and I. Sometimes it’s with a complete stranger. Without this interaction, without other people speaking into it and giving puting “meat on the bones” so to speak and really giving it life then my ideas are just shadows of what could be.

Overtime I’ve discovered that without a team I’d never have a clear picture of what I really need to execute and build. And without my teams my small seed of an idea wouldn’t be worth pursuing. Without my team I’d never be able to see it work and come to life.

The best ideas that you and I have are pretty poor until we share them with others – the act of refinement is so critical to innovation:

 All great inventions emerge from a long sequence of small sparks; the first idea often isn’t all that good, but thanks to collaboration it later sparks another idea, or it’s reinterpreted in an unexpected way.

Collaboration brings small sparks together to generate breakthrough innovation.

Thanks Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi for that truth. It was once theory but I’ve seen in work empirically. I’ve seen it work in my own life time and time again. It something that can’t possibly ignore.

No one is brilliant enough to build and work in complete isolation. That’s why startups are built by teams, great products and companies are formed around teams. That’s how the world is changed and how true innovation occurs; through and by teams.

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