Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Killing Creativity

Employees are always creative, so the organization takes all the efforts to kill creativity. Often times when an idea is generated, it will still be in infancy and may sound impractical - or even absurd. Thus making it the perfect time to kill the idea.

The common phrases used to kill ideas are:

  1. A good idea, but …
  2. Let's sit on it for a while.
  3. Let's form a committee.
  4. It is against company policy
  5. Who else has tried it?
  6. Costs too much
  7. All right in theory
  8. Be practical
  9. Too hard to administer
  10. The old timers won't use it.
  11. We've never done it that way.
  12. It's not budgeted.
  13. It's not good enough.
  14. It needs more study.
  15. Don't start anything yet.
  16. We've been doing it this way for a longtime and it works.
  17. Why hasn't someone suggested it before if it's such a good idea?
  18. This is way ahead of the times
  19. Let's take a survey first.
  20. It's not part of your job.
  21. Let's discuss it.
  22. Let's get back to that.

If you are a manager or a leader in your organization and is reading this blog, then please remember not to use the above phrases and kill a creative idea in its bud.

1 comment:

benny said...

if those are words that are not supposedly said to rise the creativity, then what are the words to rise people's creativity? thank you