Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

When Is It Time To Start?

Posted by Jesse Bechtold on Jun 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM


I Remember taking my son to a baseball game on a really hot summer afternoon.  He was very young and anxious to see his favorite players.  We had gotten to the stadium early as I have an aversion to parking in a different time zone than where the game is played.

The home team made a great effort at entertaining the crowd up to game innovationandbaseball.jpgtime.  But no matter what singer, no matter what silly contest, no matter how much of a light show was put up, my son kept asking “When will they start??  All that mattered was starting the game.

Then how many times do you see the batter walk up to the plate,

…he spits
…he adjusts his shirt on the left shoulder
…then he adjusts the right shoulder
…spits
…sets his helmet
…grinds his left foot into the dirt
…loosens and tightens his grip
…spits
…grinds his right foot down
…adjusts his crotch
…spits
…whips the bat around a time or two
…checks third base coach for signal
…spits
…slow rotation of the bat
…adjusts left foot
…spits

Then the pitcher starts

…ball in glove
…spits
…glove to mouth
…stare at catcher
…spit

for Ernie Bank’s Sake!  Will somebody play baseball!!

…spit

So, we all know our systems are inadequate to support the pace of innovation required to be competitive today.

We all know everyone’s plate is full, nobody has spare time.

You don’t know exactly what to do…but then, nobody does.

Looking for the industry guru?  Stop, there aren’t any gurus.

Trying to be a fast follower?  The view is the same in second place as it is in last.

Nothing happens until a pitcher winds up and throws the ball.
Nothing happens until a kicker kicks off
Nothing happens until the tip off
Nothing happens until the face-off, and
Nothing happens until you decide to start.

Ernie Banks , Mr. Cub, was one of baseballs most talented stars.  He played his entire major league career for the Chicago Cubs, never appeared in a World Series game but never lost his love for baseball.  He is GettyImages-533395793.jpgfamous for looking out at the sky on a sunny day and saying, “What a great day for baseball! Let’s play two!”

Rain or shine, win or lose, it is a great time to start something new, let’s go for two, we are here to help.

Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, leadership



Jesse Bechtold

Written by Jesse Bechtold

Jesse has held the title of CEO, CFO, CAO and more during his many years (he won't tell how many) in the workforce. Today he leads Eureka! Ranch's Innovation Engineering Network, LLC a world wide network of professionals committed to changing the world through innovation.

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