You’re in a brainstorming session and everyone’s sharing outside-the-box ideas. People seem excited and ready to implement anything and everything.
Hold on. Before irrational exuberance takes over, caution against romanticizing long-ago initiatives that some want to restart. Cite filmmaker Ralph Bakshi’s line, “Nostalgia is a feeling you have for something that never worked, but you think is great anyway.”
At the same time, don’t let stifling organizational rules interfere with creativity. If someone raises a bold proposal that may rattle feathers throughout your company, suggest that your peers heed Colin Powell’s advice, “You don’t know what you can get away with until you try.”