What’s your idea quotient?

Are you confidently contributing your ideas?

How often do you contribute an idea for something that could make work life better? Strong leaders make it their business to communicate ideas.

Occasionally a leader will tell me that they when they share ideas, their bosses don’t listen so eventually they quit making suggestions.

This is disheartening. Organizations must move forward with new ideas and new thinking. However, it always takes longer than we want for our ideas to be accepted.

Let’s consider the concept of an idea quotient. Your idea quotient is your score on how many ideas you contribute. A desirable idea quotient is different depending on what field you are in. I worked in a branding and marketing firm for years and we were awarded work based on our ideas, so ideas are rewarded and encouraged.

Some types of work, for example, selling financial services or providing health care, are bound by rules and by the nature of the organizations, it takes longer for ideas to become accepted and work their way through the system. If you doubt that, think about the health care debate that’s gone on for years. People put out new ideas and they get knocked down.

I haven’t created any mathematical models for this (maybe if I had a team of math students…) so this is my theory based on observation and personal experience.

You want your idea quotient high enough so people notice you as a creative and innovative person, but not so high that there are too many ideas to consider and those ideas become a distraction.

One of my strengths is generating ideas. Lots of ideas. It can be a distraction if left unchecked. I have to know when enough ideas are enough and we have what we need to go forward.

When your idea quotient is high, you want to be aware of how you share your ideas and when. In my next post, I will share with you ideas about how to communicate ideas effectively.

Kathy Garland specializes in translating business challenges into opportunities that result in business and personal growth. She speaks frequently on business growth and leadership topics. Join her conversations on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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