Healthy teams allow every idea a chance to live. At initial thought, there are no bad ideas.
The healthiest teams don’t contain a built in idea killer. And if there is one they aren’t allowed to remain so for long.
Ideas need a chance to breathe. They need to be stretched and prodded and examined. The best ideas sometimes come from what started as a seemingly really bad idea. Genius ideas are often killed before they have a chance to develop into their greatness.
That’s why healthy teams have freedom and regularly:
- Test drive
- Push back
Every. Single. Idea.
Healthy teams remain open-minded about an idea until it’s proven to be a bad idea.
It doesn’t have to be a long process. It could be a short process.
But, healthy teams give every idea a chance to live.
That is because healthy teams know there is value in the collection of ideas on a team.
Leader, next time your team gets together open the floor of discussion to ideas. Let everyone put ALL their ideas on the table, with no fear of embarrassment or retribution. Watch for collective brilliance to develop .
Have you ever worked with an idea killer? How did it impact the team?