Leaders tell me they wish their people had more ideas – creative and innovative suggestions that will improve the organization. Maybe we don’t know how to ask. A request like: “If you have any ideas as to how we can move this forward, please let me know,” gets poor or no responses. A highly specific request always generates more usable results: “Would everyone forward me five suggestions – no matter how off the wall – so we can solve this particular issue.”


This week, what wishy-washy request will you make to your people to draw on their creative energy?

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