How and Why to Serve Your New Ideas Raw

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here.

If you struggle to find new ideas in your organization, don’t assume there aren’t any. Instead, look at the ideas’ processes before they’re presented. Are they batted around, revised, screened, and debated before anyone with authority sees them?

1. Instead of thoroughly vetting ideas before they reach senior management, find ways to expose executives to ideas when they’re raw.

2. Skip the PowerPoint presentation—it only creates high expectations for a slick, refined idea. Remove the well-intentioned gatekeepers from the process.

3. Hold an idea science fair where people present ideas in their earliest stages on poster board to a room of mingling executives who can stop to discuss ideas that catch their attention.

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “How Iteration-itis Kills Good Ideas” by Scott Anthony.

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