Allow Your Team To Get Honest About Bad Ideas.
Seth Godin has a great post about the need to say NO or to say STOP.
His case in point is the movie The Lone Ranger.
The movie flopped at the box office.
It cost almost a quarter of a billion (BILLION) dollars to make.
Seth’s point is: the movie was made by some of the best professionals in the business: actors, producers, marketing departments, etc.
But they were trying to dress up a turkey.
(I’ve heard one church staff member over the years call this process “spray painting a turd”).
They tried to make something look good that just wasn’t.
Seth’s point: You need people on your team who will call a turkey a turkey (or a turd a turd if you like that illustration). Someone that will stop basting the turkey or spray painting and say NO or STOP.
Do you have THAT kind of person on your staff?
Do you have THAT kind of person on your board?
If not? Find that person. They’re a valuable asset to your team.