Everybody is talking about innovation and coming up with brilliant new ideas, yet they’ll reject a marvelous proposal when it’s staring them straight in the face. Recently I’ve been reading Scott Berkun’s “The Myths of Innovation” and would like to share with you why brilliant ideas won’t see the light of day, along with my two cents on the topic.
Your ideas make co-workers jealous. Which will make them ask themselves why they didn’t think of it. There’s a little resentment in the air as others more senior than you feel threatened by your creativity.
Your creativity can make certain people in your organization look bad. There might be an intern that you hired fresh out of university who’s filled with ideas. But because of their youth, it’s assumed that they lack an understanding of how things function and are accused of being too ambitious.
There’s probably nothing wrong with your idea. But it’s just that the person you’re trying to convince isn’t too fond of you personally.
Change is a tough pill to swallow. And the same goes for investors, managers and executives. People have developed a routine and diverging from it can lead to a refusal to accept change.
“There aren’t enough resources”, that’s an excuse you’ll hear where ever you go. There might be a dozen proposals laid out on the table and only room for one to be implemented.
They’re afraid what you’re proposing will result in more work for them. Or perhaps they’ll need to learn a new way of doing things different. Either way it’s a reluctance to accept new things and change.
Some ideas get rejected because people feel that they’ll be made redundant. Or that they lose some of their power or position because of an upcoming change in the company.
People don’t want to be seen contradicting themselves. That’s why they’ll stick to their beliefs and values regardless of what anybody says or demonstrates.
So remember these reasons whenever your idea gets rejected. Innovations that are in common use today (such as the telephone) were once rejected by people who couldn’t envision the impact they would have in our lives. Innovation, by definition improves our way of living or creates a new and efficient way of doing things.