We are wired to run from the unknown, to flee anything that leaves us in that raw, exposed place of uncertainty.
When our ideas take us to this place, we feel it and many of us shut down. It stops our true genius from emerging and turning into breakthrough discoveries, products, experiences, brands, businesses and art.
But there’s another phenomenon that is even more alarming. And it happens when you take this idea and soul-crushing dynamic into larger organizations. Bosses, it turns out, have a hard time acknowledging other peoples’ amazing, innovative ideas, too. The reason why and the implications are a bit scary, according to a recent study.
If you keep offering great ideas to supervisors and getting knocked down, or if you’re a boss who keeps asking for ideas and feeling like nobody’s offering up good ones, you need to listen to this week’s episode.