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1: Ways to kill and ways to help an ideaIt is far easier to kill an idea than to encourage it and turn it into a useful solution. Be careful not to destroy people's ideas or they will stop telling you about them and go and tell someone else.
It is extremely hard to sound constructive when someone tells you about an idea they have had, especially if the idea seems foolish and unworkable. But remember, people do not willingly put forward bad ideas in normal situations and you should first try to understand why they are telling you about the idea. There is likely to be something in the idea which is very useful to you. Alternatively you will have the opportunity to help them understand why the idea will not work. You must first understand why they think it will work if you are to explain it in a way that they appreciate.
To kill an idea, say ...
To help an idea, say ...
Hopefully you will see that there are many ways in which you can be constructive. There are even ways to encourage an idea without saying you agree or that you will do it. Be on a constant watchout for putting down an idea too early without understanding the positive reasons for it being suggested.
Please email and tell us your own experiences and ways to kill and help an idea and we will add them to our list. The more the better.
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