Virtually every problem has already been solved by someone, though that person may not be in the same room or building as you.
Great solutions could be one conversation away. That’s one reason administrative assistants flock to our Admin Pro Forum to exchange ideas and troubleshoot problems.
Unfortunately, in many offices, workers don’t spend enough time researching who else may have tried to solve the same problems that confront them. Coming up with a new idea is valued more than creatively reusing someone else’s idea.
“The verbs ‘make,’ ‘invent’ and ‘create’ lead to more promotions than ‘reuse,’ ‘borrow’ or ‘convert,’” author Scott Berkun says in BusinessWeek.
Bottom line: Think of yourself as a “curator,” someone who knows how to borrow the best ideas of others, while adding your own twist.