October 20, 2017

The ability to convey ideas…

Mid sized audience…may be scarcer than the ability to generate the ideas themselves.

It’s conventional to think that the ability to generate novel, practical ideas is rare. That may well be true.

In fact though…

The ability to get novel, practical ideas taken up and used may be even rarer.

There’s a great deal of skill in presenting a new approach in such a way that it gets adopted – much more than we typically allow for. We need a whole range of ways of overcoming natural reluctance and scepticism and instead persuading people appropriately of the merits and possibilities of a new way of looking at things, and moreover, nurturing the relationships that smooth the path for that.

How much are you recognising the ability and investment involved in influencing people to adopt something new and unfamiliar and beneficial? Do you give the art the time it deserves?