Where can I share new ideas

Sharing ideas: Less selfishness pays off

Ideas are an important engine in every company and also in every team. However, how it is dealt with is crucial for the success of a proposal. Unfortunately, this shows in many groups that the Cooperation Thought also likes to be exposed once. When it comes to ideas, most of them are egoists who don't want to share. However, that is exactly a mistake, because Those who share their ideas can benefit from them in several ways ...

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Why aren't ideas always shared?

Again and again in every company the team spirit preached. You set common goals, work together on projects and try to create a working atmosphere in which colleagues can also become friends who get on well with each other. In such an environment it should be a matter of course that ideas are also shared with colleagues.

In practice it looks very different. Even in teams that get along well, both personally and professionally, many employees tend to keep ideas to themselves rather than make them public. Most of the time they play three reasons a particularly big role.

  • We fear the criticism. Bringing an idea always means exposing it to the opinions and views of colleagues and the boss. This can bring a lot of positive feedback and boost self-confidence, but the attempt can also backfire. If the others are far less impressed with your own suggestion than you are, there may be criticism that you may not even want to hear.
  • We want recognition. If you share an idea with colleagues, many automatically assume that they will grab the idea and present it as their own suggestion. Especially those who have already had bad experiences in this direction will think twice in the future about whom they will confide in - or whether they will keep it to themselves.
  • We want to do it alone. Most people have particularly high ambitions when it comes to their own ideas. It is your own goal and project that drives you in particular. This ambition can be so great that one does not want to rely on the help of others. Rather, you want to show everyone that you have made it all by yourself, from the idea to implementation.

Sharing ideas can be worthwhile in several ways

Surely most of you have already thought whether it is really rightto share your own idea with colleagues. Sometimes there is simply a lack of belief in your own design and you fear that the ideas of others could all be better. But even if this is actually the case, there are still a few reasons to always share your suggestions with colleagues. True to the motto Four eyes see more than two also applies accordingly Many thinking machines recognize more than one and there are several advantages to sharing your ideas.

  1. Possible errors are recognized

    Behind every idea there can be one problem or another. This is particularly mean, as even these small mistakes are often unrecognizable. You are too convinced of your own idea. On the other hand, you view someone else's idea with more distance and less emotionally. In this way, some errors can perhaps be corrected before the actual implementation begins.

  2. Approaches can be expanded

    Ideas point in a certain direction at the beginning, but very few are fully developed. It is possible that something can be improved or changed that you would not have thought of yourself. The colleagues think in a completely new direction and bring important input that can turn a good idea into a really promising concept.

  3. Additional trust is built

    Telling a colleague about your own plans is a great vote of confidence, which can be an important step for cooperation. If colleagues have the feeling that everyone is only thinking of their own well-being - in an emergency at the expense of the other - a good cooperation is no longer an option.

  4. You develop yourself further

    It's not that easy, but it can be very important for your personality to put ideas up for debate. This is the only way to find out what those around you think of your own opinion and at the same time you learn to stand up for your views when someone disagrees.

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22nd September 2020Author: Nils Warkentin

Nils Warkentin studied business administration at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. On the career bible, he is devoted to topics related to studies, career entry and everyday office life.

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