Monday, April 22, 2013

What is a good idea?

There are a lot of good ideas. There are even more "right" answers.  Sometimes the right answer can become the wrong one as circumstances change or time passes. Relationships, strategies, self-awareness... all the endless combinations are constantly shifting. This is why change is constant and Big Change will always come around.

So how does one know if one has a good idea? Assume most ideas are good and have value. It is often their timing that might not be ideal.

The questions to ask are really:
  • Is this the right idea for the identified circumstances and people who will be implementing it? (e.g. if you have only have $5, and it's a $20 idea... or throwing a surprise party for someone who hates surprises)
  • Can this idea be used effectively in the manner for which it is intended? Will it translate to actions well? (e.g. teaching a group of 5 year olds to bake & ice a layer cake...)
 Throw your ideas out there. Be prepared to pull them back if they don't fit but don't throw them away. Instead, throw out lots of ideas; collect the biggest basket of ideas you can. Just ask the right questions to select the best idea.

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