So have courage and just go ahead and DO develop new idea’s.
Do not let yourself be stopped for a second by the following 50 or so “idea stoppers” (and even sometimes combinations of these to say NO), that my friends and I have ran into when proposing our idea to our bosses or higher management:
———-Idea killer list———-
You will run into the following demonstrations of management incompetence:
1. That is impossible.
2. There is no demand for that.
3. That is something totally new.
4. We tried that before already without success.
5. We did not try that before.
6. That is not our responsibility.
7. That is a much too drastic change.
8. That is not scientific.
9. That is not in the agreed plan.
10. Let others try that first.
11. That makes other products of us obsolete.
12. That is not our problem.
13. Why change, things work well the way they are.
14. You are way too far in front of the troops.
15. Lets work with what we have.
16. If that is really a good idea, somebody else would have thought of that.
17. You will not make it to get that done.
18. We will make fools of ourselves.
19. Ok but can you first go over the calculations again.
20. Good idea but we are not going to do that.
21. We are happy to keep this complex beast flying as it is, so do not touch anything.
22. Can you guarantee that it will be a success?
23. Since when are you a specialist in that field?
24. We can’t explain this to our shareholders.
25. That is ridiculous.
26. The system can not support this.
27. That is going to be too costly.
28. Spare parts for this are not available.
29. The client will never accept this.
30. We do not have time for that.
31. There is no budget for that.
32. Too complex.
33. We are too small for that.
34. Brussels will not allow that.
35. Let’s be realistic.
36. Far too risky.
37. We are not ready for that yet.
38. This will have totally unforeseen effects.
39. Management won’t buy this.
40 Let’s keep this in the back of our minds.
41. That will never work here.
42. What we have been doing for years is like this, and we will not change that an inch.
43. We do not dare to do this.
44. That is not allowed.
45. That is not in line with our policy / strategy.
46. That is a good idea for in the future.
47. (in the UK) That is a very interesting idea. (meaning: it’s rubbish, put it where the sun does not shine).
48. I will come back on this soon. Put it on the agenda after the holidays when things are more quiet.
49. It is not new, what value does it add??
50. Why do you tell us now at this rather late stage?
—————– end of list ——————————–
A PowerPoint sheet with most of them are here 47ideakillers.
So let the Dilbert Bosses try one or more of the above on you. Think for yourself and be brave. Just start and DO IT anyway, without their approval, without subsidies or big resources. The best inventions I made where done low key with the help of trainees or students, far away from the approved R&D projects. And without exception, the projects which my boss told me ‘to stop immediately’ became huge successes :-).
I can assure you, the real hallmark of great idea’s is when you test them on your peers and friends a they are amazed and want it for themselves. And then you can measure how viral it is and how soon it will develop into a disruptive innovation that grows exponentially (an explosion, which has a short and constant doubling time in the number of users).
jaap van till, connectivist