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        The Theory of     »»»»Idea««« Evolution

This neighboring chart shows Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection. Mutations create variation. Unfavorable mutations die. Favorable mutations are more likely to survive and reproduce.


Just like the evolution of a species, a variation of ideas will have a greater chance of survival. As unfavorable ideas die and favorable ideas survive, there will be a greater chance of success.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.


Charles Darwin








        Evolving Ideas

     into Evolutionary Change


Change always starts with an idea. Developing that idea into a great idea can be challenging. When brainstorming, many people strive for a holy grail idea; a single and concrete solution poised for certain success. With a hand full of historical exceptions, holy grail ideas are probably unrealistic.


The flow chart to the right shows the evolution of an idea. Notice that the idea does not take a specific route that leads to a predictable destination. For ideas to grow, they need to start in a cloud-like atmosphere where they have the flexibility to wander, change and evolve into reality.

A change agent is someone

who can never be 100%

happy unless they are

developing an idea

Symptoms of Buffalo's "Rustbelt Mentality"

The city of Buffalo is on an economic upswing. Unfortunately, some companies are stuck in slow motion. Why? They are in survival mode, left over from the days when survival was everything. How does a company push itself into overdrive? The same way the company pushed itself into existance. An initial idea was created … ideas evolved into ideas that worked … ideas that worked pushed the company into success.

The Differences in Change Adaptability

Once upon a time, I was surviving and sometimes thriving in an environment of change, however, others where not. After seeing dozens of extremely intelligent and hard working employees fail, I finally figured it out. In this environment, the employees who approached their work as problem solvers were successful and those who were locked into process failed. When process cannot keep up with change, process will fail and it will take anything tied to it down with it.

In a candidate's market, candidates are gold.

Yes, they require that you treat them as such.












   Assessing Opportunity


Looking at a new opportunity of any type means:

• Assessing time risk as well as monetary risk.

• Determining worst case scenario. This includes potential legal ramifications, mental health sacrifices and a potential breach in reputation.

• Determining best case scenario. Remember, net gains might also include increased knowledge and expansion of ideas.

While branding your company ... brand it as a great place to work.












The Right People ... The Right Ideas ... The Right Evolution

Three elements to a successful team:

1) The level of individual talent (The Right People).

2) The game plan (The Right Ideas).

3) The way players work together to adjust their talent and game plan to rival the talent and game plan of the competition (The Right Evolution).


Communication Takes Time

My meeting with the CEO of a multi-million dollar organization took three hours. It took three hours for him to explain to me one complex concept that had many facettes. In the end, I got it. This experience opened my eyes to a possible flaw in many of the leaders who had led me throughout the years. They didn't take the time to completely communicate their vision. Leadership means 100% communication.

If it's your people that make the difference ... find the right people.














..."There are things we do not know we don't know."

"There are no knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns.

There are things we do not know we don't know."


The above quote from Donald Rumsfeld may have pertained to the avoidance of disaster, however, the necessity for change always comes with the burden of "unknown unknowns" that will eventually surface.


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