WE ALREADY TRIED THAT (Read Time 0:29) Back in the day, when an employee or staff member would come to me with what they thought was a fresh, new great idea, 99.9% of the time I would shoot it down because “we’d already tried that.” And really, after 30 years of coming up with a “bazillion” marketing and promotion strategies, we really did try everything (or at least we thought we did). I always hated that feeling deep inside of saying “no” to someone who only wanted to contribute what they thought was a great idea. In retrospect, what I failed to see at the time was although we may have tried it before, this was coming from a different human, with a different energy, and a different twist or spin, with a different agenda, and a completely different level of consciousness. Who knows what could have happened if I had loosened my righteous grip just a bit. Truth is, "We already tried that" is a true statement. However "We’ve never tried that with you" is equally true. Care to comment?
J Michael Dolan

WE ALREADY TRIED THAT (Read Time 0:29)

Back in the day, when an employee or staff member would come to me with what they thought was a fresh, new great idea, 99.9% of the time I would shoot it down because “we’d already tried that.” And really, after 30 years of coming up with a “bazillion” marketing and promotion strategies, we really did try everything (or at least we thought we did). I always hated that feeling deep inside of saying “no” to someone who only wanted to contribute what they thought was a great idea.

In retrospect, what I failed to see at the time was although we may have tried it before, this was coming from a different human, with a different energy, and a different twist or spin, with a different agenda, and a completely different level of consciousness. Who knows what could have happened if I had loosened my righteous grip just a bit.

Truth is, "We already tried that" is a true statement. However "We’ve never tried that with you" is equally true.

Care to comment?


COMMENTS


Posted By Joel
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I admire, Michael, that you admit that, at times, you may have been, shall we say, "short-sighted". We all have done that more times than we can remember, I am sure. It takes a real man to admit to that. Wish our politicians would try that approach!!! Thank you for your honesty, Micheal, and keep them blogs a comin'! A Piece of World Peace, JoeL Zark www.AngelicPassages.com


Posted By Barbara Bentree
Already Tried That
Very nice. Thanks Michael.


Posted By Paula Maya
WE ALREADY TRIED THAT!
I second Kenny's post! And kuddos to you Michael for acknowledging it! paz! p


Posted By Vernon
Always a problem
After almost 30 years as a public school teacher, I can honestly say we tried that and believe me we have tried lots of things. One great principal said you have to keep trying if you want to improve. When I first started teaching, I told the admin that I wanted to start a guitar class. They said they tried that and it wasnít successful. I said I wasnít the teacher then. They let me try a section and the class was successful this time. You canít let tired and burned out people keep you from trying.


Posted By Ken Budka
One word
often makes the difference in ad copy or direct marketing copy. Timing is everything and what didn't work yesterday or even this morning, may work this afternoon because a different set of eyes or the same eyes who have now been pondering the idea are ready to take action.


Posted By mark
tweaking existing ideas
Hey Michael. Sometimes a little tweak to an existing idea can reap rewards. Kind of like a session musician wanting to make just a small change riff wise to a song he's doing. It may make a big difference. If you don't try you'll never know. Thanks Mark


Posted By Kenny

Wish everyone had the insight you do!


Posted By Rachel
Anybody tried this..
Hi Michael! We helped some dear people move the other day and I got to thinking how great it would be if the moving van compartment was first loaded,then removed off of the truck, and then be parked, and the rent paid would be for the container..then people would only have to unload the "stuff" once...It would be more convienent...Was just thinking ...Anyways! Thank you for your great blogs! Rachel


Posted By Steven
I said yes but...
It is easy to come up with ideas. Well I find that 90% of those who comes up with the same idea spins the same wheel over again and may even had worst results. Most people don't have hands on experience. I don't mind listening to one whether he/she has experience or not but one must have a plan and that he/she be able to combat and follow through with it. There is only so much resource to give in a small business and every experimental effort translates into payroll. We say no based on our own experience; however, we are always waiting for the right idea from the right person.


Posted By Elliott
Like it
Empowering and trusting the employee...kind of like what we were talking about...I like it!


Posted By Rich
Same but Different!!!
Looking back - I was relentless in presenting detail action plans for approval that I was willing to bet my job on! Looking back - I was lucky to have a boss that (Eventually) listened to the possibility of success from a different person with a different twist AND pitbull commitment to Success! The 1st success lead to many others. A picture on his wall had the caption "For Every Star there are many Supporting Actors" His belief is to First strive to be a great Supporting Actor and let God do the rest.


Posted By Jerry Custin
Already Tried That
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got. So if you want a different result something in the equation needs to be adjusted. That's the principle of continuous process improvement.


Posted By Richard
Been there
Guilty! I canít count the times I have done this with my staff and coworkers. By doing so, I may have amputated future ideas and creativity. I am sensitized to respond differently now and acknowledge the ideas, new or not.


Posted By Lovely Rita
Thanks!
Yes, I wish I had been verbally acknowledged when I came up with an idea that I thought was new. After my boss said they had already tried that, it sewed my Lips together and it was difficult to offer other ideas, new or not.

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