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Great post Bob, especially the "quality" theme. I referenced your post in my blog:

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Bob - think you have to put things in context. IMHO innovation requires a team, a great team leader + good ideas and air cover; i.e. sponsorship, funding and political protection. In my time at Fedex we went from $300M to $6B. During my stint at IBM I was involved in the e-Bizz task forces in '94 as area expert and lead strategist yet IBM never managed to make it work.In that same period they copperized chips, converted the mainframe family to a new architecture that saved then revived it and since have migrated all large-scale servers to new chip architectures.
This is a great interview and making movies has a lot in common with making new products. If you want to understand good ideas and team-building & leadership the added features on Ratatouille and LofR are post-grad seminars. If you want to understand the gamble that the guys who backed Bird had to take the "making the movie" on Patton with Zanuck, Jr. is another. Without that air cover no good idea sees the light of day. Without good ideas and teams no pool of money results in effective innovation.

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