Sticky ideas

The ultimate test to your ideas is to see if they stick once you are gone.

Crystallise them, test them, make them spread. And then, remove yourself from the situation and see what others do with them. If they are good, people will continue using them, they’ll make them yours and eventually even improve them. If they are not and people spend most of their time working around them, finding shortcuts and alternatives, you can make one of two choices.

You can discipline and seek compliance, further explain why your idea is good and everybody should adopt it, implement processes and checkpoints to make sure they do. And at some point realise you have landed very far from where you intended to.

Or you can sit down with the people involved, share your observations, start a discussion and together come up with a shared idea that works even when nobody is watching. It seems to me this is the only path to progress.

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