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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.

-DEG

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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Good Ideas and Bad Ideas Both Have Impact

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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.

Honesty matters.

Bad Things

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

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.

-DEG

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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