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Remember: Good Ideas Are Never Enough

Vision without execution is hallucination
Vision without execution is hallucination

John Doerr is a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and has successfully backed companies like Google, Twitter, and Amazon. He has seen, firsthand, what type of leadership spurs innovation and turns start-ups into household names.

While his whole talk is fascinating, Doerr speaks specifically on the importance of good ideas and why they are never enough.   He says, “I love innovation…but I’ve seen so many disruptive ideas where there hasn’t been execution, where a team doesn’t get it done.”

Like Thomas Edison said, “Vision without execution is hallucination.”

Doerr continues, “It causes me to admire the innovators who can also lead and assemble, recruit, hire, and motivate a great team.”

Innovation and leadership isn’t about an idea, it’s about moving agendas and getting things done.

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3 Leadership Lessons From Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla isn’t a trendy green car company in California–he’s one of the 20th century’s greatest inventors and scientists. Thanks to him we have, among many other things, AC electricity, wireless communication, radio, x-ray tubes, robotics, and the basics of laser technology.

Tesla’s innovations are, in most part, due to his genius and his sharp mathematical mind. Yet, beneath that we can see Tesla had a vigorous work ethic combined with a simple modesty and the ability to persuade investors to back his revolutionary projects. Surely Tesla can teach us a few things about pushing through an innovative agenda:

1. Work While Your Competition Fights: Tesla and Thomas Edison were both working on rival electric power distribution systems. Edison, promoting DC power distribution, set off on a campaign to scare Americans….(and video!)