Saying things like “We’re not ready for that,” or “It’s already been done,” are fast ways to kill what might have actually been great ideas. An article at the For Dummies website teaches you the right way to inspire creativity in your team.
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Use an “LCS” system to cultivate people’s new ideas: explain what you like, what your concerns are, and your suggestions for improvement. Then shift into a brainstorming session. Start with a small group of trustworthy people, and then add in a couple outsiders who might challenge the conventional wisdom. Act as a conductor, establish what you would like to achieve regarding the idea, and record and review the results. Especially always have yourself and have others asking, “Isn’t there a better way we could do this?” You can read the whole article here: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/inspiring-team-creativity-for-business.html