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Ideas = Innovation

by Stan Agee

“Ideas are responsible for the progression and prosperity of humans – without them we would still be living in prehistoric times.” – Sir Richard Branson

Ideas = InnovationEverything begins with an idea. Some ideas are outlandish, others brilliant even transformational. But most ideas never see the light of day because people lack the courage, time or resources to put them into action.

The capacity to create and understand the meaning of ideas is considered to be an essential and defining feature of human beings. Although ideas often arise spontaneously without thinking or serious reflection they generally are the product of a personal experience in which the mind captured something advantageous.

Good ideas can emerge from anywhere but it is usually a tenacious ambition that lies behind them – How can I do my job better? How can I make this product better? How can I make my life better? How can I make my community better? Ideas are usually generated with intent – “I have an idea that will solve that problem.” But, converting an idea into reality is not an easy task.

Big ideas are not in short supply. What separates daydreamers from doers is execution, putting those ideas into action. Converting an idea into a reality (regardless of the required investment of time and/or money) is never an easy task. In fact, it is extremely difficult. Giving an idea life first and foremost requires you to believe in yourself. You must commit yourself to capitalizing on the idea. Accept accountability when you assume the responsibility of allowing your idea the opportunity to become a reality.

Keep things simple and focused. Apply SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis to your idea. Consider its potential – Does it solve a problem? Does it achieve a predetermined goal? Will it fill a need that is currently going unmet? If the answers to these questions and analysis are positive, then move ahead. Set milestones. Don’t sit on your idea paralyzed by self-doubt. Slow execution usually means failure.

Bring your idea out into the light of day where you can seek critical input, advice and guidance from those you respect. Profit from the wisdom of their failures and successes. Brainstorming allows ideas to flow without validation or constraint. Carefully listen, digest and consider their input, understand the thinking behind their comments, and then make your own decision. In the end embrace your gut instinct. If it tells you to press on, press on.

Finally, accept the risk that is inherent in bringing any new idea to realization. Risk is a function of creativity. When things don’t go as planned stay focused and keep your mission on track. Recommit to continue on the journey. Be passionate with your pursuit. Always remember, ideas equal innovation. The greatest challenge to innovation is not creativity but implementation.

These concepts were instrumental in the formation of Pieresearch over thirty years ago and continue today. Our pursuit of the latest technology in the design of innovative rebar and rebar cage alignment products set us apart. We were born from a strong idea for better rebar alignment and placement in foundations. And, continue to advance that same cutting-edge technology today and into the future. If you are a structural engineer or a member of the geo-design or construction industries let us show you how our proven products can improve your final product. One proven way is to: “Perfect your spec to protect what you cannot inspect!”

After all, it is your ideas that have created the quality your reputation is built on.

For information about how to put new ideas in deep foundation and earth retention applications to work for you, information about our products or to receive a spec kit visit or contact

Stan Agee, PieresearchStan Agee | PIERESEARCH
501 E. Main St. | Arlington, TX 76010
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This article was produced under the auspices of Pieresearch®, manufacturer of quality concrete accessories, exclusively for the benefit of the structural and geotechnical engineering, architectural and construction communities and is copyrighted by Pieresearch® 2020.

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