Several years ago, I had the opportunity to spend a substantial amount of time in a research/innovation facility for a large consumer products company. I was particularly interested in what was taking place given my background in engineering and product development. Early in my career and through college, I spent a lot of time in research facilities, running pilot equipment and running trials on commercial equipment. This particular facility was the size of a mid-size warehouse and was full of test equipment for the purpose of conducting all sorts of trial experiments. Its organization (or lack thereof) resembled my sons’ Lego table. I concluded rather quickly this sandbox was a researcher’s dream. However, after I spent several days there, I noticed it was about 9:00 or 9:30 before a quorum of people actually arrived to get their days’ started. It began with something like, “So what do you want to do today?” (perhaps an overstatement but not far off). Lunch was a couple of hours long, and they checked it in around 3:30 in the afternoon because “We really don’t have enough time to get another run completed.” My next question was “How much money is being wasted here?” I’m not sure that was completely fair, but I can say for certain there were no readily apparent expectations, controls, or measures put in place in this workplace. But, hey, they were innovating!