Could it be that managers focus on linear relationships, while leaders focus on exponential ones?
Managers look for year-over-year, organic progress; boards, analysts, investors, and banks love predictable progress.
But, if you want exponential gains, you need to unleash the forces that will move you up an exponential curve.
Einstein figured out the relationship between energy and matter
In a flash, all the linear progression of the bomb-maker’s art were left in a cloud of radioactive dust near White Sands, NM. The heaviest conventional bombs used in WW2 were 1 ton bunker-busters, the first nuclear test was of a 20 kiloton weapon, or 20,000 times stronger than the prior state of the art.
What can you do to convert your mass (inventory or service capacity assets) into energy (cash) using the speed of light squared as your multiplier?
Leaders focusing on transforming the moment of detonation/conversion, the moments/touchpoints of customer/company interaction, might be a place to start.