Einstein, Cotton Fields and Sweatshops

Not long ago, I was reading an article in Fortune Magazine, entitled, “The Desperate Search for the Next Great American Idea”, when I stumbled on a quote that resonated deeply with me and is as follows:


I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain, than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweat shops.”

– Stephen Jay Gould, Evolutionary Biologist

 I got to thinking about this statement and the power of it in terms of operational excellence. If it is true, by Stephen Jay Gould’s estimation, that people of equal talent to that of Einstein have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops, what latent talent of that caliber exists on the shop floors and front lines of our manufacturing and service industries? How do we tap into that talent in the individual plants, call centers and kitchens? What value can tapping into that talent bring to the businesses where it exists?

At Leg Up Solutions, we are passionate about this very subject.

We believe the BRILLIANCE of today’s WORK FORCE is the key to unlocking UNREALIZED BUSINESS VALUE.

If you’d like to explore how this may work for your firm, feel free to contact us.