All ideas start somewhere and usually you won’t find a historical marker commemorating the event.  What you might find are many people that will tell you how a concept was developed, what the intent of the concept was and even perhaps that they were there.

In many cases they may even have convinced themselves that the stories they have created are true. Not to be malicious but rather because we all want to be part of something bigger and more important than ourselves.  Claiming involvement and ownership can also be a mirror image of the “not invented here” syndrome.

All ideas were invented somewhere, probably not here but I think we can be a bit fuzzy on the where question if it helps an organization to consider a new idea.  Even Mary Poppins used a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.

2-28 2013 Pine Cone

Seeds are the vehicle for the tree to procreate; a vehicle to share it’s DNA which contains the vision for what it can be in the future. The only way a small thing can become a big thing if there is a vision that drives growth. The environment is a factor in what the end product will be but without the vision of the future programmed into the seed nothing would happen. There is a saying that, “big things come from small beginnings” but sometimes in the real world, small things come from small things and we need to ask, was that the vision or was that the lack of a vision? Seth Godin, the marketing guru, admonishes us to ship (a metaphor for getting your idea to market) but I would suggest that you must have a vision of the future before you ship. Your idea is your pine cone, think big and then deal with the environment.