"There is no such thing as a good off-strategy idea."
Randy Pilon, founder and CEO, Virox Technologies Inc.
- as quoted by David Woolford, Virox chair, in a presentation Feb. 7 to the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery 2006 conference.
Success is all about focus, right?
I agree with Randy. But how then do we categorize serendipitous discoveries, such as new markets or Post-It Notes?
In real life, I think the truth is, "There is hardly ever a good off-strategy idea."
But Randy's remark is catchier. And it makes the point: Success is much more likely to come from disciplined focus than from chasing every opportunity that comes along.