innovation mixologist or bartender

A wise man taught me recently the difference between a Bartender and a Mixologist.   

A Mixologist is a guru who creates cocktails. The mixologist is a celebrated celebrity.

A Bartender is a friend who creates connections. The bartender is a teacher, listener and friend. 

Mixologists perform the creation of amazing drinks.

Bartender’s make connections through cocktails and conversation.

Mixologists create brilliant cocktails with impeccable skill. Bartenders create cocktails that match the unique tastes and desires of their customers.

A friend told a story of walking into a grand bar in New York City. He sat down and suddenly a drink appeared – his drink, his way – as he ordered it two years before.  That’s a bartender.

In the world of innovation there is a similar segmentation among designers, inventors and consultants. 

The mixologists of INNOVATION are the “gurus” who tell you what you should do. They preach and pontificate. Their idea is THE IDEA – all others are not worthy of consideration. 

The bartenders of INNOVATION are the “mentors” (sometimes called teachers or coaches) who enable you do to great things. They help you discover within your heart, brain and soul THE RIGHT IDEA for you to pursue at THIS MOMENT in your life.    

Mixologists focus 99% of their energy on the elegance of the idea. 

Bartenders understand that when it comes to making big ideas happen you need the passion of the people, team and organization just as much as the idea itself.

In simple terms Mixologists are about EGO – Bartenders are about HEART, HEAD & SOUL.

THINK about this in your life. Are you fixated on your idea, your ego and thinking.  OR, are you a bartender – embracing the conversation – letting your heart, mind and soul guide you to the right idea for your current situation, team and organization.