|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12
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"NEW IDEAS SHOULD COME FROM EVERYBODY" (LIZ WISEMAN AND JOHN WOODEN)
Liz Wiseman is a bestselling author, researcher, and elite leadership coach. In her New York Times bestseller, Multipliers: she researched over 150 leaders worldwide. Liz Wiseman and John Wooden would both tell you that "New Ideas Should Come From Everybody."
In her book Wiseman describes the type of leader who accidentally prevents new ideas coming from everybody on the team. She refers to this person as an "Idea Fountain":
"This type of leader is a creative, innovative thinker who loves an idea-rich environment. He is a veritable fountain of ideas. Ideas bubble up for him 24/7, so he bursts into the office brimming with new ideas to share with colleagues.
This leader doesn’t necessarily think his ideas are superior. He simply believes that the more he tosses around his ideas, the more he will spark ideas in others. But what actually happens around an Idea Fountain? The ideas he tosses out seem compelling, so his team begins to chase them.
But as soon as they begin to make progress on yesterday’s idea, the next day brings a new idea du jour. The team makes temporary progress on multiple fronts. The great chase becomes a standstill as they realize that they always end up back at square one—so why not just stay there?
As they learn to stop acting on the leader’s ideas, they also stop trying to come up with their own ideas. After all, if they actually need a new idea, they can just wait for the fountain to spew. It is easy to get idea lazy around people who are idea rich."
John Wooden was more interested in finding out what your ideas were than he was in just talking about his own. His Father had taught him: "You’ll never know a thing you don’t learn from someone else."
John Wooden was an "Idea Finder" not an "Idea Fountain".
Which are you?
Yours in Coaching,
The June Couple
She is fair to see and sweet,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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