Knowing the difference between good ideas and bad ideas is priceless. How can you tell? What are the traits of good ideas?
Problem solving often includes brainstorming. A group assembles, contributes, and leverages the flow of new ideas.
During the best problem-solving efforts, no idea is a bad idea. However, blocking or not offering ideas might be.
Ideas that seek inclusiveness and not alienation are usually helpful.
Conspiracy theories or using a political agenda may be the root of something bad.
Harmful or hurtful is a bad idea. Which includes ideas that are purposely destructive in nature.
Risk has a place in ideas. Too much risk may be a bad, yet some level of risk is often required. Launching a branding or marketing campaign may include risk, but are likely not organization ending in one fell swoop.
Too much anger, hurt, or certain types of fear can result in bad ideas. They may also stem from carelessness or be the result of something too hurried.
Many ideas are believable. Belief is created and as such, it can exist for both good and bad.
Does belief come from evidence or theory? Does it originate from fact or opinion?
Good ideas will replace bad ideas.
The goal should be stated and carefully analyzed. Good ideas are transparent with their intent. They don’t stem from illusion, a masquerade, or bait and switch.
Even a little risk can be good. The rule of, “No risk, no reward.” applies.
Decision makers need more good ideas. They’re easier to follow and the mission has good intentions. They are easily shared and become appropriately popular.
Replace bad ideas with good ones.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.