28 Idea Killers

Every one of us knows reasons why creativity and innovation are stopped in our organizations. It happens everyday, everywhere in the world. And every time a good idea is stopped, it’s one too many. That’s why I present in chapter five of my new book ‘The Innovation Expedition’, which you can download at the top of this article, a great list of 28 idea killers.

  1. Yes, but…
  2. It already exists!
  3. Our customers won’t like that!
  4. We don’t have time…
  5. NO!
  6. It’s not possible…
  7. It’s too expensive!
  8. Let’s be realistic…
  9. That’s not logical…
  10. We need to do more research…
  11. THERE”S NO BUDGET…
  12. I’m not creative…
  13. We don’t want to make mistakes…
  14. The management won’t agree…
  15. GET REAL…
  16. It’s not my responsibility…
  17. It’s too difficult to master…
  18. THAT’S TOO BIG A CHANGE…
  19. The market is not ready yet…
  20. Let’s keep it under consideration…
  21. It is just like…
  22. The older generation will not use it…
  23. WE ARE TOO SMALL FOR THAT…
  24. It might work in other places but not here…
  25. SINCE WHEN ARE YOU THE EXPERT?…
  26. That’s for the future…
  27. There are no staff members available…
  28. IT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR OUR CLIENTS…

Please share this post with your colleagues, bosses and business relations and ask them never to use these words again.

By Gijs van Wulfen

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About the author

Gijs van Wulfen (The Netherlands, 1960) helps organizations to start innovation effectively as author, speaker and facilitator. He is the founder of the FORTH innovation method. With FORTH he create attractive innovative products and services with great internal support with a multidisciplinary team. In his latest book ‘The Innovation Expedition’ he makes innovation very accessible by telling the story in a visual way. His clients are international companies in industry and services, as well as non-profit organizations. Gijs also trains and certifies facilitators in his method. Gijs is a keynote speaker at international innovation conferences and was chosen by LinkedIn as one of their 150 Thought Leaders.

Source: Creativity Today, Igor Byttebier & Ramon Vullings, BIS Publishers, 2007, p 29. Download a poster at: 21lobsterstreet.com

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  • Say Keng Lee

    Good work, even though there is a gentle overlap of idea killers with creativity expert Charles ‘Chic’ Thompson’s ”Yes, But…: The Top 40 Killer Phrases and How You Can Fight Them” which I have had read and assimilated back in the nineties. He is also the author of ‘What a Great Idea!”.

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