Sometimes I try to kill my own ideas.
Especially with an idea that has major consequences for change and potential, I see what I can do about getting rid of it before we implement it.
It’s important to know:
- I brought the idea to the table.
- I believe in it.
- I likely want it to happen.
- I heave usually already gotten people excited about it.
- I energized the team around a potential.
Then I’m attempting to kill it.
- I’m trying to find holes in the idea.
- I am questioning the validity of the idea.
- I’m asking can we afford it, will it work, and is it even a good idea.
- I may even be causing some to ask if I still support the idea.
Keep in mind – it was my idea.
What’s my point?
I want the idea to stand the test of time and scrutiny.
- If it survives it has a better chance of succeeding.
- If it doesn’t then let’s move on to a new idea.
As a leader, I’ve learned I can often get excited about my own ideas. I can get other people excited about my ideas. I can pitch an impressive vision. I can talk a good game. I can motivate people to say yes to my suggestions.
Whether because of position or power of persuasion, I have the ability to excite people around a cause. I can even find ways to justify my idea, even, if necessary, make it appear it was a “God-given” idea. (And who can trump that?)
But the bottom line is I’m capable of being wrong. I’m capable of some really bad ideas. I’m even capable of justifying my personal idea as a “God-idea” when in reality it was as random as the weather in Dallas can be at times. Just being honest.
When an idea hasn’t been tested thoroughly before it meets the vote of the public, and it fails, it puts a strain against my credibility as a leader. If it has been tested, questioned and kicked around thoroughly, especially among the team I lead, then it has the full support of everyone from the beginning. The idea can actually even start to feel like it was their idea – and, therefore, has a better chance of succeeding.
When a team owns the “why” of an idea they are more likely to fight hard to see it succeed.
Have a great idea?
Be the first to try to kill it and see if it’s worth pushing forward.
If it passes the test you’ve got the potential of a great idea.