Idea plus execution equals outcome.
Without both parts the outcome cannot be achieved.
An idea can be great but with poor execution it will stall, a poor idea with great execution is simply a waste of time and money.
Even the biggest companies can get it wrong – Google’s troubles with wifi were a poor idea badly executed while Buzz was an ok idea woefully executed.
If the idea is good enough people will tolerate grit in the delivery – Twitter and the fail whale being a classic example.
If the execution is slick enough then people may be dazzled long enough for you to sell them version 1, but they soon arrive at your doorstep with pitchforks and burning torches.
Innovation is often approached by businesses (and yes Virginia, the public sector is a business in this sense) as something both mysterious and highly dangerous.
This conflicted attitude can be seen throughout organizations, from the CEO down.
And I suspect that a lot of it comes down to regarding idea and execution as separate concepts, not as part of a seamless delivery.
Now you may, and rightly, say that this is all obvious. And you would be right.
But if it is obvious why do we all, including some of the biggest and the best, keep getting it wrong?