“That looks great Don. I love the idea.”
“Absolutely Cathy, can’t believe we haven’t thought of that before.”
“Wow Robert, we’ll get started on that right away.”
“That’s a no brainer. I’ll have you look at this before we finalize everything Lori.”
You’re so incredibly smart, aren’t you? Come to think of it, it’s hard to remember the last time you put a thought out there and someone in “your circle” didn’t like it. You’re such a genius, why wouldn’t they move forward with your thoughts? Charge ahead, push to completion and keep coming back to you for more brilliance. Wash, rinse, repeat.
“Maybe Steve, but I’m not so sure. Here’s something you haven’t considered…”
“No way April, that’ll never work. Here’s why…”
“Instead of doing it that way, we’d crush it doing things this way Phil…”
“That idea’s dead before it starts Ann; time to start over.”
Instead of fostering a team of followers, programmed to “yes” through all your viewpoints, why not create a “RED TEAM”. People in “your circle”, varied by task, project or skill set, whose sole purpose is to tear your ideas apart. Pick everything to pieces, tell you why it won’t work and make you – and anyone else alongside you – strengthen your value and defend your position. An internal stress test team if you will.
Ready? Red Team Go!