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Saturday, August 31, 2013

An Idea For Sharing Ideas

As someone that comes up with ideas a mile a minute (of which a small percentage are worth pursuing), I've noticed a dynamic that I don't like: when I discuss the idea, I put myself in the position of defending it, even if the questions posed are valid!  Stepping back for a moment, it's obvious to me how pernicious this is: shouldn't the goal be to objectively evaluate the idea rather than take sides for the sake of it?  To take the actions that most effectively move us toward our mission?  And I'm the worst offender!

So here's an idea for sharing ideas.  Start by presenting the concept, and then take a moment to present the barriers to implementation, the reasons why it might make sense to wait, and so on. Next, listen to the other people in the room talk about what's good about the idea, as well as what concerns they have.  And once all of this is on the table, the best course of action can be taken.

Now I just have to put my money where my mouth is!


  1. Makes sense to me! It's okay to be defending the idea, as long as the discussion doesn't get too emotional. Creative tension helps us all think critically.

  2. Agreed! And I think we've gotten really good at differenciating creative tension from feelings. The idea is to do what's best! :)