Can Do/No Can Do

Which describes your company?

Big companies have plenty of great ideas, but they do not innovate because they need a whole hierarchy of people to agree that a new idea is good in order to pursue it.”

“If one smart person figures out something wrong with an idea — often to show off or to consolidate power — that’s usually enough to kill it.”

“This leads to a Can’t-Do Culture.”

“The trouble with innovation is that truly innovative ideas often look like bad ideas at the time. That why they are innovative: Until now, nobody ever figured out that they were good ideas.”

“Creative big companies, like Amazon and Google, tend to be run by their innovators. Larry Page will unilaterally fund a good idea that looks like a bad idea and dismiss the reasons why it can’t be done.”

“In this way, he creates a Can-Do Culture.”
~ From The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz