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The traditional view of leadership is that all ideas have to generate at the ‘top’ of the organisation. Sadly, I’ve met a number of people over my career who believed that they had all the answers.

In the production economy where people were expected to get to work and follow a set process this may have been true. Any kind of continuous improvement was thought of as a deviation from the process and frowned upon.

We don’t live in the production economy anymore. We live in the connection economy where ideas have value. Why would we want to limit where those ideas comes from?

The fastest way to reduce trust with colleagues is to not appreciate their ideas and opinions. Believe in who they are and what they have to say.

It may not be your idea, but isn’t that what makes it special.

This post is part of my 60 day blog challenge.