When you should keep your ideas to yourself

Justin French, February 2008

Rob Haggart points to an interesting article over on Harvard Business titled When you should keep your ideas to yourself. Take away quote for me is this:

This could well be a case of trying to add “too much value,” and here’s the problem: the quality of the idea may go up 5% with my suggestions, but your commitment to its execution may go down 50%. It is no longer your idea; as your manager, I have now made it my idea.

Or, as Rob puts it:

Taking someone else’s idea and increasing the quality by 5% occurs at the price of a 50% decrease in their commitment to execution.

It’s utterly obvious, and I think we already know this stuff deep down, but having it packaged up in a single sentence like that is always great useful.