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13 Ways to Destroy Creativity and Innovation

1. Creativity Killer ➤ Keeping people in the dark

  • “It’s just not right. I can’t tell you why, but I just don’t like it.”
  • “I know exactly what I want, but can’t explain it. When I see it, though, I’ll tell you.”

2. Creativity Killer ➤ Dictatorships

  • “Here’s my idea and how to execute it!”
  • “Here’s my idea, what’s yours?”

3. Creativity Killer ➤ Unrealistic time frames

  • “It’s only one page. It shouldn’t take more than an hour to complete.”
  • “I know there’s no reason to have it tomorrow, but I want it then anyway.”

4. Creativity Killer ➤ Procrastination

  • “We really do want suggestions. It’s not our fault if we’re too busy to act on them.”
  • “I think we’ve got it now. I only have minor corrections to the thirteenth draft.”

5. Creativity Killer ➤ Formalities and protocol

  • “Put it in writing.”
  • “Make sure your ideas conform to our format.”
  • “Don’t ask questions, just follow the rules.”

6. Creativity Killer ➤ Bureaucracy

  • “It’s a great idea. Now just get the 10 required signoffs and we’re ready to roll.”

7. Creativity Killer ➤ Discouraging new ideas

  • “I won’t have time to meet with you, so why don’t you drop it in the mail?”
  • “I personally wouldn’t do it, but why don’t you try anyway?”
  • “Don’t come up with ideas, just do your job.”

8. Creativity Killer ➤The evaluation process

  • “Rather than take the time to give you my comments, it’ll be easier if I take care of it myself.”

9. Creativity Killer ➤ Incentives

  • “Why say thank you? It’s his job, isn’t it?”

10. Creativity Killer ➤ Fear of failure

  • “Even though you let me down last time, I’m going to give you another chance.”
  • “Will you bet your job on it?”

11. Creativity Killer ➤ Politics

  • “What will the boss think?”
  • “I wonder if my idea will offend anyone.”

12. Creativity Killer ➤ Resistance to change

  • “If it’s such a great idea, how come no one ever came up with it before?”
  • “We’ve never done it this way before.”

13. Creativity Killer ➤ The caste system

  • “Why should I listen to you? It’s not your area of expertise.”

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Frank Sonnenberg

Frank Sonnenberg has written four books and published over 300 articles. • Trust Across America named Sonnenberg one of America's Top 100 Thought Leaders of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 • Sonnenberg was nominated as one of America's Most Influential Small Business Experts of 2012 • In 2011, Social Media Marketing Magazine (SMM) selected Sonnenberg as one of the top marketing authors in the world on Twitter. • Managing with a Conscience (2nd edition) was selected as one of the top 10 Small Business Books of 2012. • FrankSonnenbergOnline is listed among the "Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs." | Character • Personal Values • Personal Responsibility © 2014 Frank Sonnenberg. All rights reserved.

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