Innovators and the Department of No

\n

\nLiz Ryan of Business Week explains that it is important to keep your team innovative, even when you're ixnay-ing their creative ideas on a regular basis. For managers, it means encouraging the free flow of ideas, while simultaneously finding ways to squelch the least practical ones in as constructive a manner as possible:


"...When employees truly care\nabout what they're doing, beyond the simple need to pay the rent or the\nmortgage, everybody wins. The work is more fulfilling for employees,\nand the company gets the best part of its workers' brains and creative\njuices deployed on its projects.\n\n

\n\n

The only downside to having engaged employees is that once you've\nasked for the full use of your team members' intellects, you have to\nalso let them go to town. It's no good to say, "We want all of your\nbrain cells put to work on this project and all of your creative\nideas," and then squash those ideas like bedbugs.\n

\n\n

So engagement is a two-way street for managers. If you ask for your\nemployees' passion and brains, you have to actually make use of them.\nThat's one of the reasons why managing knowledge workers is a\ncomplicated task. Obviously, not every idea from every employee will\nwin the day, but it's important to keep asking for input and to keep\nincorporating it whenever doing so makes sense. And when employees'\nwell-intentioned contributions aren't exactly what's called for, it's\nimportant to say so—and say why."

\n\n\n

As Liz points out, it's much easier to say "Great idea! Let's roll with it!" when a truly innovative solution has been put forward by someone on the team, than it\nis to take the time to explain why an employee's favorite idea is being relegated to the back burner. The more time and energy\na person has put into the creative idea, the harder it is to reject the idea. Moreover, the harder it is for that person to come up with innovative ideas in the future. With that in mind, Liz provides a few tips and tricks for managers as they deal with this problem. (Hint: never come out and say "NO" at the outset)
\n

[image: James Bond in "Dr. No"]\n

\n

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

10 books to check out from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

The Canadian professor has an extensive collection posted on his site.

Jordan Peterson with Carl Jung and the cover art of Jaak Panksepp's 'Affective Neuroscience' (Image: Chris Williamson/Getty Images/Big Think)
Personal Growth
  • Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky.
  • Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis.
  • Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).
Keep reading Show less

Kosovo land swap could end conflict – or restart war

Best case: Redrawing borders leads to peace, prosperity and EU membership. But there's also a worst case.

Image: SRF
Strange Maps
  • The Yugoslav Wars started in 1991, but never really ended.
  • Kosovo and Serbia are still enemies, and they're getting worse.
  • A proposed land swap could create peace – or reignite the conflict.
Keep reading Show less

Should you invest in China's stock market? Know this one thing first.

Despite incredible economic growth, it is not necessarily an investor's paradise.

Videos
  • China's stock market is just 27 years old. It's economy has grown 30x over that time.
  • Imagine if you had invested early and gotten in on the ground floor.
  • Actually, you would have lost money. Here's how that's possible.