We have long advocated the importance of action over analysis in both our knowledge strategy and community of practice work and I blogged about the ‘ready, aim, aim, aim‘ phenomenon in 2005. Maybe it is because I am conscious of this issue, but in the past few months I have noticed many voices emphasizing the ‘do something’ theme, starting at the AIM Annual Convention in Sydney in September.
Here are some of the comments/quotes I have heard recently on this theme. I have heard all of them before, they just seem to be more prevalent recently.
- “Ready…Fire…Aim” – attributed to Ross Perot
- “You only find oil if you drill wells” – unknown
- “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzsky
- “Plan a little, implement a lot” – Etienne Wenger
- “Do-think, not think-do” – unknown
- “You cannot think your way to success, you have to ‘do’ your way to success” – related by Tom Peters at the AIM Convention
Does anyone know of other similar quotes. More interestingly, have others noticed a trend toward action/experimentation over lengthy analysis in recent times?
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