11 Feb
After decades of designing management and leadership solutions for consultants and organizations a pal of mine (Perry Carrison) asked me “Why aren’t you writing about this stuff for yourself? What is YOUR point of view, Deb? Great idea Perry, thanks so much for motivating me to write a self-paced workbook called “Great Idea! But…”  I plan to self-publish, a learning process that is turning out to be one of the best experiences of my life. I’m still working on a draft, but it might help if I start blogging about it so I can maintain some discipline and get feedback. Below is an excerpt from the Introduction. Please let me know what you think… good or bad I’m open to YOUR ideas about ideas! How to best share them. What works. How to motivate and inspire. How to overcome resistance.


Does this seem familiar?

You get a great idea. It makes sense. It is doable. It will improve things. It would make you and others look good. It might even be fun. The idea is so good you are totally inspired to get it out there.

You also know the idea won’t come to life in a vacuum. You need support, assistance, or resources. So, you run your idea by a boss, colleague, or friend. However, instead of wild enthusiasm your stakeholder saves you off or serves up some “talk to the hand” in the form of a big fat “NO” or a “BUT” or maybe by asking tons of questions that give the impression the idea is not “landing”. Your marvelous idea is shot down right away, or allowed to die through neglect. Maybe you try again and still get enough push back to get discouraged – maybe even a bit demoralized. So….

You give up on the idea.

Too bad, as you may have ditched a brilliant idea. What might have happened is that you made some incorrect assumptions about how, when, and to whom you pitched it. For lots of good reasons, your stakeholder was not as inspired as you. He or she was not ready to act. Maybe the timing or circumstances were off. Perhaps you picked the wrong person to ask. Chances are some element of your idea, or the way you pitched it, pushed your stakeholder’s buttons hard enough to push back on you.

“Talk to the hand” can feel like a slap.

Inspiring others to act requires them to move out of their comfort zones. It takes a lot of energy to overcome inertia. It takes courage to keep trying if you feel slapped down, discouraged, or have lost equilibrium or momentum. Inspiring others to wake up and engage with your idea calls for wits, confidence, and planning. It requires you to appreciate people who might not necessarily appreciate you back.

By completing this workbook, you can get better at inspiring one of your stakeholders to act on one of your great ideas. For the purposes of this workbook, a stakeholder is defined as someone who has power or influence you need to leverage. He or she could be a boss, colleague, team mate, partner, or friend.

Ideas embody a lot of meanings or intentions

The word “idea” is used here to mean a lot of things. An idea can be a solution, a plan, a way to measure, a form of validation, a way to improve relationships, a best practice, an innovation, and much more. A new idea usually requires one or more people to act. Most ideas tend to alter the status quo, which is tricky given that most individuals and organizations tend to resist change. Given that this workbook is all about YOU, feel free to interpret the word “idea” in ways that align with your interpretations. (to be continued)…

So my question dear readers… does this introduction inspire you to read more of the workbook? Let me know! Thank you! Deb




4 Responses to “GREAT IDEA! BUT…”

  1. deborahwildideas February 11, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    testing testing testing

  2. annarichardson82 February 14, 2018 at 1:22 am #

    Love, love, LOVE the substantive content of all of this! “Talk to the hand” feels gimmicky and dated to me though and I do not feel like it is fresh or adds value here. If you want to be self deprecating you can say something like “How Not to Get Derailed by a Debbie Downer.” If that doesn’t feel authentic then just be straightforward, but what I think you are trying to convey is that being dismissed feels like a slap in the face which is much more acutely felt if the person was enthused about their idea to begin with. Try to really get to the heart of it which is the world deserves the reader’s brilliant idea and your workbook = the world is no longer being deprived of a brilliant idea.

    • deborahwildideas February 14, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

      Thank you so much for the feedback. I will ponder your comment regarding the “hand” being gimmicky or dated. My first reaction is the metaphor isn’t that bad… it isn’t but maybe that’s me just being resistant? 🙂 I will sit with your feedback and ask a marketing consultant who I’m hoping to hire soon for his take in it. THANKS Anna! Keep those comments coming!

      • deborahwildideas February 27, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

        So Anna you were not the only one to update me that the “hand” was dated. So it’s gone. Stay tuned for a revised Intro. thank you for your help!

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