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Rule 10. Risk Being Creative > Developing Better Ideas for Your Projects

Developing Better Ideas for Your Projects

To elicit the best ideas from your team, you have to believe and act as if everyone has the potential to be creative! Keep this in mind when projects bog down and get out of sync or when a timely, innovative solution is required to a difficult problem. At such times, you can act to either inhibit or facilitate creative expressions.

To avoid inhibiting creativity, be on guard for the myriad “killer phrases” that crop up and tend to dampen creative energies. Phrases like these will kill creativity: “We tried that before.” “That’ll never work.” “It will cost too much.” And “Let’s not move too fast on that decision.” When pushed to their logical extremes these phrases are illogical. Like any new seedling, an idea needs space, nourishment, and care until it can stand on its own. Killer phrases stomp on these ideas prematurely. So to the killer phrase statement, “But it’s not in the budget!” you might respond “Of course not; we didn’t have this idea when the budget was initially proposed,” or “Do you mean to say that this organization won’t support new ideas?” To the naysayers who exclaim, “We tried that before!” explain to them that “Now is different, in the following ways….”


  

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