Keep Ideas Flowing in Your Workplace

Why Ideas not become Actions!

But then, What’s Ideas – Ideas are nothing more or less than a new combination of old elements. James Webb Young

Not only smart people can give ideas; ordinary people create ideas everyday simply combining things they already know.

As an Ideaist, you help people think better of themselves; help create an environment that’s fun!

Strategically speaking,

  • Do not ask for one solution; ask for many …. In business, there is no one right solution. Searching for one right solution, you may reject few good solutions.
  • Do not reject ideas; ask for more …. There is always a better way. There is nothing like the best. Better always come up.
  • Share what everybody does – everybody knows that her/his views are respected, thereby improve self-esteem
  • Share experiences – make working together easier
  • Forget about efficiency; care about ideas – you cannot judge the worth of an idea immediately; you cannot as well judge the efficiency of producing from that idea.

You Organization should support:

  • Cut down on approvals – do not build layers, keep it lean. You can rule by budget as well.
  • Build a sense of ownership in your staff – make them feel they own the company
  • Pay for their education – grow them.
  • Tell them all about the company – everybody should know the score!

What you can do:

  • Your people work with you; not for you – use personal power which is more effective than position power
  • Trust them – it will make them realize their capabilities
  • Remove fear of rejection from their minds – results seldom happen without efforts. Praise their efforts even if they failed.
  • Ask them to help you – it is a sure way of making friends. Working with friends is fun and your employees will work smart.


Suresh Shah, M.D., Pathfinders Enterprise

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