"The light.... it burns!" - Nosferatu
Entertaining new ideas and crazy questions may be challenging for a leader who's trying to keep the cart on the rails. Don't squash creativity. Employees offering of new ideas, even if the ideas are wacky, are a sign that staff is highly engaged. Entertaining these ideas gets them and keeps them engaged.
Even 5-10 minutes spent playing in this space with your staff will be a good investment. You'll be surprised how talking about possibilities for tomorrow adds energy and fuels the achievement of what's right in front of us today.
If you feel a tendency to draw the shades on your team's bright ideas - slap on some SPF 3000 sunscreen and step into the light with them.
“There are darknesses in life, and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” - Bram Stoker, Dracula
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For over 15 years I've helped leaders get more from their careers, and give more to their people. My research and techniques have been required reading in Canadian business schools. I write, speak, and coach full-time. I am the luckiest husband alive, and a father with a daughter and two sons. I live near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Canada.
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