I had a meeting today with my colleague Huggy Rao where we were batting around various ideas about systems that are effective versus ineffective at scaling good ideas. Huggy brought up this cool quite from Indira Gandhi:
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
He then went on to argue that systems that bring-in, develop, and reward people in the first group -- and that expel, reform, and punish people in the second group -- are likely to be more effective at spreading and implementing constructive action. Sounds right to me.