Last Updated Jun 17, 2011 3:16 PM EDT
Quantity and quality serve different purposes, Verganti writes. Quantity gives a better chance to receive great ideas. But high-quality collaboration is useful when trying to assess all these opportunities. "Highly skillful collaborators can help you to better interpret this wealth of insights, to recognize the value of ideas that is not often visible at first, especially when it comes to radical change, and to identify a novel strategic direction."
In short, "If quantity is good for creating ideas, quality is good for setting a vision."
That's a useful standard to explore the next time you are tasked to develop a great new product. Cast a wide net for ideas from customers, your marketing team, your R&D team, and even competitors. With that list in hand, convene a trusted team of collaborators who can envision the best strategic direction these ideas present for growth.
Where do you turn to when digging up great ideas?
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