Great leaders know, the next big idea could come from anywhere in an organization. You can support an innovative, idea-friendly working culture, but how can you be sure you’re not missing the next great idea when you can’t be everywhere in your organization? Here are three ways:
- Never criticize an idea in a public setting. EVER. The number of ideas your organization gets from employees depends on the way management responds to mediocre ideas.
- Make it easy and informal to share. Many retail stores and restaurants use a daily huddle to collect ideas, share solutions and boost morale. How would a “team huddle” or “Lunch with the Boss” event look in your organization?
- Don’t take credit for someone else’s breakthrough. Recognize the ideas …and where they came from.