You should be mindful of where you invest your talents and ideas. And, you should distinguish between good soil and shallow ground.

There are times you work with people or on projects and you do so to develop yourself, learn or gain experience. But the nature of training is that at some point, you should graduate. It’s not perpetual.

If you find yourself in a place where leadership does not accord the same importance to their own projects as you do; if leadership can’t see what you see and is limited in vision; if you are surrounded by people who are not as high achieving as you are; if your brilliant ideas never get implemented; if your effort is rarely commensurate to results, you need to move on. You are in shallow soil. The ground isn’t deep enough to nourish your gifts and yield fruit. You cannot prosper there. And God will hold you responsible for how you use your gifts and talents.

Futile projects kill dreams. Because your ideas never see the light of day, after a while you give up and stop dreaming. They also waste life’s most precious resource – time. The opportunity cost is incalculable.

On another note, the more centralised a system is, the less innovative it will become. Ideas from units will be stifled and implementation slowed down because the centre takes all the decisions. If you want to scale up, grow and nurture innovation in your organisation, ensure that each unit has built-in quality control capacity. That way, everything does not need to be reviewed at the centre. In addition, ideally, productive units should have discretionary budgets to test their new ideas.

The backbone of any system that’s poised for growth is middle management – the quality of the next generation of leaders and how much they are able to achieve without supervision.