Innovation. Execution. Diametrically opposed. But both necessary. If we don't execute on the plan, the company fails. But as we spend more and more time on our execution our senses become dulled as to what else is appearing on the horizon. And what's on the horizon are tomorrow's threats and opportunities.
There are pratical things you can do to keep your innovation abilities sharp. No matter how hectic your schedule becomes, you need to spend some time everyday in casual reading in technology and what is going on in your markets and the world in general. Add to this monthly forays into social and professional gatherings. Listen, observe. This kind of balance will help you acheive the dual goals of innovation and execution.