Man, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard the "ideas don’t matter, execution matters" riff, I could buy a lot of beer for my friends.
Even if I think there are a lot of good reasons for thinking this (which I do), well, Congratulations! You’ve just dispensed with the need for Beethoven, Picasso, George Eliot and Einstein. Hell, you can say goodbye to Apple, Ferrari and The Boston Red Sox, while you’re at it.
The truth is that the silver bullet is talent AND execution – focus, determination and people who can help make all that talent shine to the outside world. Without execution the world doesn’t ever get to see the talent, and without the talent, there is just a check list.
Image and text by @gapingvoid
The gem in this text by Hugh MacLeod (aka gapingvoid) is IMHO "without the talent, there is just a check list".
Currently, probably because they fear innovators and the mess they induce in long organized systems, governments react by building checklists. Open your eyes and you will notice that, for example, most public health records, that were announced a decade ago, still remain checklists (often multi-billion bucks checklists, and counting).
Actually the opposition between "talent" and "checklists" work in both directions: if, as pointed to by Hugh MacLeod, checklists are what remains when there is no talent around, a checklist a day is also the best way to keep talent away.