Some people say ideas are a dime a dozen. Yet, when you ask your team to come up with ideas, all you get is deafening silence.
Did you just happen to hire the most unoriginal, uncreative people in all the land? Or is it that you’re not giving them enough info to generate the ideas you need?
What is it?!?
As always, when you ask the right questions, you get the right answers. Here’s what you can do to get more ideas from your team:
- Don’t call them “ideas”. It sounds too magical and some people get confused. Call them “ways”. Ask for ways to solve a problem or improve a process.
2. Ask for specific number of ways. Like 5 ways. Or 10 ways. Even if you don’t get as much as you asked for, you’ll surely get some.
3. Appreciate what your team suggests and thank for the effort. Don’t snap over an idea you think is stupid - or you’ll discourage your team from ever offering ideas again. It’s best to explain why it can’t be implemented right now and how it might be an option for the future.
There, now you should have all the ideas you need!
And if not, it’s best to consider your leadership approach or the type of expertise you need for this specific situation. Whatever it is, we’re sure you can figure it out!