Someone has an idea about how to do something but you don’t agree with the approach. If you say that you don’t agree you often get this comment back: “well – do you have a better idea?” And many times, you don’t. In this very common scenario, a group usually run with the first idea because it was the only one around when you had the discussion.
Coming from a profession where having the right ideas are a major part of what we do, we would like to offer an alternative sentence to those who don’t agree with the current ideas on the table: “I don’t have a better idea…..YET”
Having the right ideas take time. Professionally, great new ideas rarely come a as flash from the sky, just before you’re about to sleep or while you’re having coffee. Having great ideas comes from a structured creative process that has a start, a middle and an end. The best ideas are rarely around when when someone needs it. But they will be there in a while if you simply allow people to go through the right process of having them. Don’t go with the only ideas on the table. You deserve better.