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October 13, 2019

Carry Ideas Through to Completion

We’ve all had employees with high levels of creativity who are great at coming up with ideas, but who are not as good with implementation! To succeed as a manager and leader, you need to be able to bring great ideas to successful implementation.


Try partnering a creative employee with someone who is good with planning and implementation. This partnership lets you leverage the strengths of each employee and mitigate the weaknesses. Make both accountable for creativity and implementation and then give them the training and resources they need to become good at both skills. Set specific deadlines for delivery and coach them, as needed.

Another approach is to give creative employees free reign and let the planners take over for implementation. Unlike the first approach, this option focuses solely on responsibilities that fit each person’s strengths. However, you lose some ability to develop more well-rounded employees with this option.

No matter which approach you choose, remember the words of the American inventor Thomas Edison, “Vision without execution is hallucination.”


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