I read recently that 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years alone.
Notice it doesn’t say “knowledge.” Just data.
I can’t help but think when that much… let’s call it “stuff” to not offend delicate ears… is generated that quickly, we are guaranteed to miss a few important ideas. And I think that’s okay.
We can’t understand everything we see crossing our field of vision and act on it. We just don’t have the capacity. But we seem to always feel like we need to have that new shiny object. We want to be that company on the cover of “Great HR Monthly”.
But here’s some knowledge. No matter what the consultant class says – the world runs on implementation time. Not idea time.
What I mean by that is when you are responsible for results, you are paid for the implementation of an idea – not the idea itself. And, if you implement an idea, you have to ignore almost every other idea being generated after you start in order to get your job done. You can’t build a car with any degree of quality if you are constantly adapting your plan to take advantage of the newest engine technology, the newest tires, the newest fuel option. At some point you must make the go/no-go decision with what you have.
You take the knowledge and data you have right now, put a stake in the ground, commit and move.
Great Work Is Always Behind the Curve
Think about it… those that seem to be constantly on the leading edge of “implementation” are actually on the leading edge of never starting (or at least never finishing.)
Everyone who is finalizing their plan TODAY is behind everyone starting their plan tomorrow.
You can never implement the latest thinking. You can only implement the latest thinking you’ve had time to research and vet.
Consultants and futurists make it hard to get something done. Their job is to make you feel inadequate. Don’t let them.
Old Can Still Be Good
Here’s a thought.
Spend time on last year’s best ideas. See how they were implemented. Read about those that committed and actually got work done and are getting results.
The true value of any idea is the result of the implementation – not the coolness of the thought.
Trust me. You aren’t missing anything. You are making sure your next plan works.
HR can’t focus on the 90% of ideas generated in the last two years. Focus on the things that have worked in the last 5 years. Humans haven’t changed that much in the last 100 years that older ideas don’t have value. Only the ones selling new ideas think that.
No one gets paid for great ideas. People get paid for great implementation of the right idea.
Paul Hebert is Senior Account Executive at WorkStride, Inc, and a writer, speaker and consultant. Paul focuses on helping connect best-in-class incentive technology platform to behaviors you need drive business results through employees, channel partners and consumers.
Using proven motivational theory, behavioral economics and social psychology he has driven extraordinary company performance for his clients. Paul is widely considered an expert on motivation, incentives, and engagement.
Other notable activities:
- Interviewed by the BBC on executive motivation and pay
- Quoted three times in USATODAY as an expert in incentives and channel travel programs
- Published in Loyalty360 magazine
- Writer and founding member of the editorial advisory board at the HRExaminer website
- Contributing author of “Enterprise Engagement: The Textbook: A Roadmap to Achieving Organizational Results Through People”
- Contributing author of 3 books on social media “The Age of Conversation #1, #2, and #3”