Technology changes at an ever-increasing rate. The old standby phrase "the only constant is change" holds true today. You can't stand pat on what technology you have today, successful IT organizations always need to look to the technology of the future. And one great challenge in that charge is recognizing a new idea.
I'd like to relate a brief story about a great idea that I once proposed, which turned out to be a big miss.
In 1995, I was working in my first job, as a systems administrator for a small geographics company. Our main business was in generating custom maps for large businesses that needed to visualize the geophysical data for a certain area.
One day, my supervisor and I were talking about this new thing called "The Web" and all the cool things you could find out there. We had the great idea to use "The Web" to advertise our business. So we made this proposal to our vice president: Let's set up a server that lets people type in their address in a "Web Browser", then we can pass that to our mapping system and create a simple "line drawing" map of their immediate neighborhood. The "Web Page" can also tell the visitor about some of the other things we do, not just making maps. Basically, we'll give away a few maps in exchange for getting more customers for our big stuff.
The vice president considered, then rejected the idea, saying that free maps wasn't our business.
Only a year later, companies like MapQuest arrived on the scene, offering free maps supported by advertising. It was the start of a new business model. I don't want to say that our little company could have become MapQuest ... but yeah, we really could have. I'll note that the first versions of these mapping "Web Sites" provided little more than a line-drawing of a location, and a route to get from point A to point B.
It's all about recognizing a new idea as a good idea, and acting on it.
New ideas are out there in your teams, and it is your job as a leader to listen to them. When someone brings a new idea to you, be careful that you do not dismiss a good idea because it happens to be different from what you do now. Often, great ideas are disruptive, causing us to think about things in a new way. Give new ideas a fair shot. Some may fall short, but others will help you to leap forward.