Does Consensus Kill Courage?

Cartoon of man selling idea to skeptical businessmen

Carey Nieuwhof had a great post entitled, The Truth About How Consensus Kills CourageHe had some great points on how committees can knock the wind out of  good ideas. In his post, he said,

When it comes to courageous change, here are four things that are true:

Committees kill vision

Individuals are almost always more courageous than teams

The more people you seek to please up front, the less inspiring your idea will become

Leaders don’t always walk alone, but sometimes they have to start alone.

 As someone who has worked in a creative environment, I have seen this happen wherever I worked. I have seen this happen to my ideas. And I’ll have to admit, I’ve been on the other side of the table and have killed or watered down other’s ideas. After all, that’s what critique groups are for, right?

Actually, no! Committees and critique groups are gatekeepers to ideas. If you have a great idea, it is your job to sell it to the group.

  • This will require you to do your homework.
  • This will require you to fight for your idea.
  • It may even require you to compromise a little. But you must have the courage and conviction to fight for your idea.

That doesn’t mean every idea you have is worth fighting for. You’ll have to do your homework and be prepared to make that decision. Once you decide that it is an idea worthy of selling, then have the courage to sell it.

That’s how great ideas are born.

Author: Kevin Spear

I am a marketing professional with a design flair, based in Clayton, Ohio. I specialize in digital and content marketing that increases brand awareness for small businesses and nonprofits.

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