If you come up with an idea and someone asks you, “have you totally lost your mind?, ” you know you’re on to something good.
Years ago, I came up with a collapsible hair brush that could fit in your pocket. My professors and friends thought I was nuts.
Now, you can find them everywhere, including almost every Hyatt hotel.
Lately, I’ve been preaching against performance appraisals. I tell anyone who listens that companies would be better off without them. All those forms, all that anxiety, all those numbering systems, all those interviews that no one wants to have. It could be replaced by something more positive, like creating a culture where everyone collaborates.
Needless to say, the HR Police Force in most companies is not wild about this idea, but it does strike a chord with many people on both side of the executive desks.
If people tell you they like your idea or it’s interesting, just forget it. Your idea is not worth much.
It’s when “they protest too much”, that you just may be on to something that will make a difference, that they wish they had thought of themselves, that they wish they had the guts to say themselves.