50 ways to castrate a good idea

Good ideas are hard enough to come by in business without the stumbling blocks of the corporate nay-sayer who wouldn’t know a good idea if it bit them on the ankle.

50 ways to castrate a good idea

50 ways to castrate a good idea…

Some years ago the inimitable Andrew Risner – a prominent figure in UK business – shared this list of b*ll-busting phrases often to be found in emails and comments from people wishing to nullify what could otherwise be creative and inspiring thought.

What’s particularly worrying is that despite this list probably having been compiled 10 years ago, all 50 ways are still in common use today.

So file them away carefully and next time you’re given the blank wall when you come up with a great notion, check the phrase off on this list…

Top 50 Reasons to nix good ideas and block creative thought

1.We’ve never done it before.

2.Nobody else has ever done it.

3.It has never been tried before.

4.We tried it before.

5.Another company/person tried it before.

6.We’ve been doing it this way for 25 years.

7.It won’t work in a small company.

8.It won’t work in a large company.

9.It won’t work in our company.

10.Why change — it’s working OK.

11.The boss will never buy it.

12.It needs further investigation.

13.Our competitors are not doing it.

14.It’s too much trouble to change.

15.Our company is different.

16.The ad department says it can’t be done.

17.Sales department says it can’t be done.

18.The service department won’t like it.

19.The chairman’s wife says it can’t be done.

20.It can’t be done.

21.We don’t have the money.

22.We don’t have the personnel.

23.We don’t have the equipment.

24.The union will scream.

25.It’s too visionary.

26.You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

27.It’s too radical a change.

28.It’s beyond my responsibility.

29.It’s not my job.

30.We don’t have the time.

31.It will obsolete other procedures.

32.Customers won’t buy it.

33.It’s contrary to policy.

34.It will increase overhead.

35.The employees will never buy it.

36.It’s not our problem.

37.I don’t like it.

38.You’re right, but ….

39.We’re not ready for it.

40.It needs more thought.

41.Management won’t accept it.

42.We can’t take the chance.

43.We’d lose money on it.

44.It takes too long to pay out.

45.We’re doing all right as it is.

46.It needs committee study.

47.Competition won’t like it.

48.It needs sleeping on.

49.It won’t work in this department.

50.It’s impossible.

How many more good idea-busting phrases can you add?

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