Note to Leaders: Keep the Ideas Coming

Great leaders know, the next big idea could come from anywhere in an organization. You can support an innovative, idea-friendly working culture, but how can you be sure you’re not missing the next great idea when you can’t be everywhere in your organization? Here are three ways:

  1. Never criticize an idea in a public setting. EVER. The number of ideas your organization gets from employees depends on the way management responds to mediocre ideas.
  2. Make it easy and informal to share. Many retail stores and restaurants use a daily huddle to collect ideas, share solutions and boost morale. How would a “team huddle” or “Lunch with the Boss” event look in your organization?
  3. Don’t take credit for someone else’s breakthrough. Recognize the ideas …and where they came from.
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