Originally appeared November 17, 2008
When confronted with a problem or an issue, most leadership teams spend their energies looking for the “right” answer. Almost as soon as ideas come forward they are critiqued and, just as quickly as they appeared, they are tossed. This approach is a sure-fire recipe for mediocrity not innovation.
What changes if you agree to come up with five (pick a number, even try ten) approaches to the issue BEFORE you assess even one of them? How innovative will the ideas become? How creative will your thinking be? What possibilities might you uncover that you’ve never seen before? Will you commit tothis approach for a few weeks?