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Bad Idea People and Committing to a New Direction

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You probably know some bad ideal people. I’m not referencing people who have failure ideas. I’m referencing people who think every new idea, is a bad idea.

Do you know someone like this?

Brainstorming is a worthy adventure. Properly executed a good facilitator can really help intact teams break some new ground.

Good facilitation comes from expertise as a facilitator, not as a subject matter expert. His or her job is to ask questions, get thoughts flowing, ask more questions, better questions, and bring forward things that may have otherwise never surfaced.

Questions Matter

Everyone should ask more questions.

Challenging the process has good value. However, being the flow zapper, energy robber, or the negative Nellie should be left out.

Every new idea should be challenged.

Every old idea, if it is still worthy of discussion, it should be challenged too.

Most good plans aren’t chiseled in stone. The best plans allow for fluidity, adjustment, and redirection. They have metrics and measurements, timelines and milestones.

Put the wrong ideas into motion and you’re wasting precious time and other valuable resources.

Bad Idea People

There are many forces connected with change. The best way to navigate it is to start with a good plan. Good plans develop from good questions.

The worst way to navigate is blocking new direction by suggesting everything is a bad idea.

Use questions for pursuit of the purpose, not for the pursuit of stopping or blocking.

Bad idea people are a distraction from your purpose.

Stay focused.


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.

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