- Tune Out of the News – and Boost Your Productivity
- Saying “No” Can Be Positive
- Questions to Encourage Feedback from Employees
- English as She Should be Writ
- Bad to Good Ideas
- How Can You Make Your Virtual Team More Efficient?
- From Colleague to Boss – Coping with the Transition
- Are Your Employees Accountable?
- Insisting on High Standards
- When Things Go Wrong
- Can HR Help to Manage the Impact of Cyber Attacks?
- How Do You Respond to Stress?
- Take a Break
- Plant Manslaughter
- Integrity in Business
- Dynamic Decisions Win the Day (And the Year)
- Attract The Best, Deflect The Rest
- Is Menopause a Disability?
- Why You Don’t Want Rock Star Recruits in Your Business
- Small is Beautiful
- Developing Your Employer Brand
- Mr President… I’d like a Word With You
- What Do Your Employees Really Think About You?
- Damned Lies and Excuses
- 15 Advantages to Working in a Small Business
- The Curious Case of The Bacon Baguette…
- New Year, New Me….
- Want to Recruit Rock Star Employees?
- Reflective Practice: The Key to Doing Things Better
- Do You Have a Dream Team in Your Workplace?
Bad to Good Ideas
Most successful entrepreneurial business owners are rarely short of ideas (just the time to explore them fully). Not all ideas are good – the square stone wheel was never going to catch on, but the round wooden one was a big hit. Bingo!
Creative problem solving is a massive business asset and HR should be supporting business with such processes.
In large companies “bad” ideas, including ideas that don’t work out quickly are generally forcefully discouraged, but entrepreneurs often park their original ideas in the hope that there’s a gem yet to be discovered by reframing the problem and solution, or exploring connected ideas. Remember it took Thomas Edison a number of years and many failures before he created a light bulb that worked (he’s said to have failed 10,000 time before it worked but we don’t know for sure).
How can you make ideas that appear in the first instance not to “have legs” to work well for you?
- Watch and listen. Good solutions often start by observing what’s happening. But once your solution is being keep watching and listening to all stakeholders regularly.
- Allow intuition to play a role. Recognise that you will likely need to update your thinking regularly, and sometimes radically, to eventually find your way to success.
- Build to learn. Ideas are abstract. Real versions of the solution have a way of revealing the truth about these things quickly. Experiment and try to create solutions which you can test.
- Don’t flatten an idea at the start. Instead of killing ideas and initiatives outright when they seem problematic, challenge yourself or your team to push further, reframe the problem and solution, or explore adjacencies. It is these very challenges to apparently bad ideas that can end up leading to breakthroughs.
Great ideas are rarely self-evident, you’ll have to work and rework problematic ones. If you do so, eventually a great one may reveal itself.
We deal with the good, the bad and the ugly of HR. If you need help sorting out HR problems, building your dream team or any other HR issues, give us a call on 01908 262628.
Sign up for our free resources and free weekly tip - subscribe here.
For help resolving all your HR queries and problems get in touch!
Subscribe to our free monthly HR newsletter. Russell HR Consulting employment law newsletters are emailed automatically to our ever-growing number of subscribers every month.