Innovation is wonderful, but on its own it's not the holy grail. Other things matter just as much in creating a great company or product, most notably execution and focus. Apple excels at these things. That's why I use an iPhone and iPad. Innovation without execution produces footnotes to history, such as the Xerox Alto and Star.
I think it's time to snap out of this crusty old thinking, and it might be a healthy idea for us to evaluate whether or not we are becoming blind sheep. Life-giving blood is constantly on the move in our veins, but do we act like it? Should we not be more alive, passionate and become a positive source of energy?
Yesterday's job creation panel discussion put the spotlight on what Tom Brokaw called "the most critical grassroots issue in America today." In an effort to shift the narrative away from a fatalistic acceptance of the jobs crisis, the panelists focused on what is working when it comes to job creation. As the Rockefeller Foundation's Judith Rodin put it, "The innovative spirit of American communities is alive and well."