The Power Of Saying “Yes” To New Ideas

In this episode, Shannon Waller talks about the dangers of the “Excellent Trap.” Are there activities you have superior skills but no passion for? Are you bored with them but resisting having someone else take them on? Let Shannon convince you why you should let go of these “Excellent,” but not “Unique Ability,” activities. Shannon has useful advice on how to identify the activities, when it’s time to let them go, and who to hand them off to.

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Show Notes:

Finding aspects of an idea to say yes to can significantly increase collaboration and creativity within your team.
Team productivity depends heavily on whether entrepreneurs can create a positive space for sharing ideas.
To foster this kind of idea-sharing culture, it’s important to acknowledge and respect the mindset of individuals who are brave enough to come to you or their team leaders—people who stand higher above them in the company’s hierarchy whether it’s explicit or not—with their ideas.
There are practical techniques you can use for engaging with and validating new ideas, all of which promote constructive dialogue and problem solving.
Team collaboration only gets better when you seek out and engage with new ideas from individuals whose thinking profiles and striving instincts differ from your own.
Graciously finding parts of an idea to support, rather than outright rejecting ideas that aren’t perfect in their entirety, can also lead to deeper conversations and more effective teamwork.
You can create a more collaborative environment for discussion when you try to find common ground with whatever idea is being pitched to you.


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