Have you heard the phrase “Don’t share your idea or someone will steal it?”  Although there is some truth to that (good artists borrow, great artists steal), to run a successful company, ideas must be shared.  

When it comes to an idea, the truth is, 99% of ideas you think of aren’t worth stealing.  Seriously, how many times have you heard your friends “great idea” and thought to yourself “That will never work”.  For business its  a bit different.  Ideas are needed to grow a company and take it to the next level.  As a business owner, it is up to you to gain the trust of your employees by sharing your own ideas and concepts first.  Creating a culture of openly sharing and respecting people’s ideas is the first step to success.

Here is a list of reasons to create a culture of idea sharing in your workplace according to smallbiztrends:

  1. You’ll get better and more ideas
  2. You build trust and loyalty with your team
  3. Other people step up to help execute those ideas and even take ownership of them
  4. Some ideas get discarded quickly (so you don’t waste time on them)
  5. You get a better sense of who your best people are

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