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I have this great trick. If I have an idea that’s important, I give it “handles.” I want people to come, pick up the idea, and walk away with it.
Here’s the thing: you have to give up the “credit” for the idea. You want people to totally forget that someone else thought of it. You want them to pick up the idea, load it into their brains, and then go around talking about it like it’s their idea.
But why? You’re saying, it’s my idea. I deserve credit. The types of ideas that are best suited for handles are the types of ideas that will make your life go SO MUCH easier. For instance, working remotely instead of coming to work. That’s a great idea to stick in the boss’s mind, and the Director of HR, and the VP, etc. Hmm.
What gives an idea handles?
Above all else, start to recognize that your value is almost never in a single idea, but in the notion that you’re clever enough to generate plenty of ideas. Give some away, and let people better understand just how much you have on board. Think in terms of abundance. The more ideas you share out there, the more opportunity you have of crafting the environment around you to meet your tastes.
Now, since you brought this handles idea up, what were you telling me the other day about using it?
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