Execution Excellence—Predictably Turning Ideas into Profit

Silicon Valley Innovation Institute

Turning Vision into Value

Invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2008-09 Series

Next “First Wednesday” Innovation Society Meeting:

December 3, 2008
6:00 – 9:30 pm

Execution Excellence—Predictably Turning Ideas into Profit

Kimberly Wiefling, Wiefling Consulting
with James Connor, Sand Hill Angels

Creativity, superior technology and brilliant people are insufficient for success. A great idea doesn’t guarantee a great product or service, and those in turn don’t guarantee a profit. It takes execution with excellence to ensure that an innovative idea becomes a successful and profitable product or service.

What is execution with excellence? It’s a sensible framework and the discipline to follow it, and depart from it thoughtfully when and where appropriate. It’s common sense, but not common practice. This interactive program will grapple with the biggest barriers to execution and how you can overcome them—starting right now.

Kimberly Wiefling is the author of Scrappy Project Management, founder of Wiefling Consulting and a member of the SVII Innovation Leadership Development team. Kimberly will lead the discussion and activity, and will be joined by Jim Connor, a Board Director of the Sand Hill Angels. Kimberly, together with Jim, will shine a light on the predictable pitfalls of innovation execution, and drive the discussion on what causes them and how to overcome them. Participatory activities will help us experience the gap between “knowing what to do” and “doing it.”

New Program Schedule

6:00   Networking
6:45   Community Buffet Dinner
7:10   Appetizer Story—Increo Solutions

7:15   Introductions
7:30   Feature Presentation
8:30   Showing Up in support of Innovation
9:30   Closing

Event fee – $30. Pay at the meeting or use PayPal.


Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom

1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Drive down Embarcadero East, past Ming’s, turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

Restaurant direct line: 650-856-0999

Please be sure to RSVP at friends@svii.org.

Need to reach us at the last minute? Call 415-307-0645.

SVII “First Wednesday” — Upcoming Programs:

January 7, 2009:

“Perspectives from a Silicon Valley Innovation Watcher” — Tom Foremski, Founder, Publisher and Editor, SiliconValleyWatcher.com

Archives and Outlook

To find past program archives, and the current outlook for future programs, see the SVII “First Wednesday” group of SVII Society Online. While you’re there, sign up as a member of our online community of Innovation Advocates.

Stay in Touch

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