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“What’s the excuse this time?” So often our team embarks on a new intiative and partway in, we can already hear people beginning to frame excuses as to why it won’t (and eventually doesn’t) work. It’s very easy to come up with excuses – bad ones, mediocre ones and sometimes even moderately credible ones. What if we got them all into the open beforehand?

Question:

What if you held a team meeting and together posted on the board all of the possible excuses as to why this particular project will flop (or even just “fall short of expectations”)? What changes about how you all execute when you all agree that no excuse already articulated is acceptable down the road? You might just create more creative excuses but more likely you’ll create success.

  1. Corey, this is a great question. Change is sometimes difficult. But it is even more difficult when we don’t change. There is the old adage, if you are not moving ahead, you are moving back.

    We often hear excuses not to make move-forward changes in community organizations like churches or service clubs. We also tend to hear them in companies that have been around for awhile.

    I do creative problem solving sessions with clients and start out with a sheet listing Idea Killers on one side, and Idea Incubators on the other side.

    When I tweet from either list, they are always retweeted. Whenever I tweet Idea killers my tweets always bring catty comments with personal experience.
    Here are some.

    We’ve never done it that way before.
    We don’t have the money.
    We don’t have the people.
    We’re not ready.
    What will head office say
    We should wait until things are better.

    Of course the greatest Idea Killer is, “Let’s form a committee to study this.”

    Thanks for doing this Corey. I remember encouraging you to put a collective of your LifeQues in book form after your first couple of years. Alway thought provoking.
    Robyn Braley
    Unimark Creative