I’m meeting this week with a colleague about an idea he has. We’re going to flesh out some of the details before he shares the idea with the whole staff team.

One-on-one idea exploration is starting to feel critically important. I’ve wasted a lot of peoples’ time asking them to do something with an idea that I’ve not thought carefully about (but feel inspired to share). In all those cases, everyone would have been well-served by my seeking out an individual first, someone who might have asked critical questions about cost or scheduling or conflicts of interest, someone who might have seen possibilities I couldn’t. They could have refined the idea, making it easier for others to understand it and act on it.

If you can be that person to someone else’s idea, you will make a valuable contribution.

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