That’s the word from Tom Kelley, author of ‘The Ten Faces of Innovation.’
Are you someone who loves generating ideas, kicking them about a bit and seeing what happens? Perhaps you like to bounce concepts off people because instinctively you know that someone might see a possibility that you’re missing. Or that they night relate to the potential you’re allowing yourself to explore.
You call a friend and say,”hey man, I had this idea…”
When you’re done, or perhaps before you’re even done “Hmmm, interesting. But…”
And there the opportunity for imagination is crushed like a speeding mini bus taxi on a Johannesburg highway.
If you’re lucky enough to have friends who like to play with their imagination, tackle problems and consider other possibilities – bounce the ideas around with them. Who knows! You might inspire an action that leads to something magnificent.
Business should do the same.
Decision makers who are quick to point out the inadequacies of an idea murder innovation.
That doesn’t mean that an idea cannot be criticized or assessed – it simply means that you need to engage with the idea and not simply end it.
- Tom Kelley: Daydreaming And Mind Mapping – Levenger (levenger.com)
- The problem with devil’s advocates (sanderssays.typepad.com)