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Good ideas

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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show your work

Show Your Work and Workplace Truth

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There are lots of alternatives. We can masquerade around the workplace or illustrate real effort. Do you show your work?

Mistrust in workplace teams, society, or media outlets seems commonplace. Sometimes it is easily recognized, other times it is in disguise.

Trust issues can stem from many things. Including unconscious or misinterpreted acts.

Closed doors.

Narrowing the number of invitations for the meeting.

A conversation that stops when you enter the room.

What is in your non-verbal communication? What is the workplace truth?

Transparency Means Progress

Transparency is a popular word. People seek transparency in government, in workplaces, and even among friends and family.

Transparency means the curtain has been lifted, the veil pulled back, and what remains is the truth.

Organizations probably have more to gain from transparency than they realize.

There is the wasted time of gossip. The consequences of miscommunication and how it effects morale and productivity. Workplace effectiveness decreases when the effort is cloaked in black or shades of gray.

Closed doors, side conversations, and the meeting after the meeting. What is the message?

Are you saying something when you say nothing? What do your actions illustrate?

Is there trust?

Progress happens with less effort when trust is present.

You should show your work.

Show Your Work

Are you role modeling the principles that you suggest you stand behind?

Everyone brings forward an honest truth when they show their work.

Role models are everywhere. Even when no one believes that anyone is watching.

There is a simple truth to transparency.

Show your work.

Be what you say.

-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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