The fervid search for the big idea distracts too many people from recognizing that organizations are transformed more deeply and continuously by the relentless pursuit of small ideas.

Author Don Winkler provides the full article. He suggests four reasons why employees may hold back:

This list also brings to mind SpasmodicHercules ...

(from "The Little Ideas That Could" by Donald Winkler, New York Times (14 Jun 1998); cf. CommonUnderstanding (8 Oct 1999), BuckMantras (13 Apr 2001), MissionStatement (2 Nov 2001), ProjectManagementProverbs (2 Jun 2002), FearlessLeaders (27 Aug 2003), ProjectManagement101 (16 Jan 2005), HareBrainTortoiseMind (3 Jun 2005), ...) - 2005-12-12

(correlates: ThisSide, OverQualified, PrimeDirective, ...)