Have you ever sat in a meeting or discussion with others, with the beginnings of an idea sitting deep in your brain? Yet for some reason, you don’t share the idea. Maybe the idea needs more thought and development? Maybe you’re lacking in confidence to share? “My idea just isn’t that good,” you think. “It’s so simple. Someone else will come up with the same thing.”
But no-one else does. Sometimes you finally share the idea, other times you run over the meeting in your head that night, wishing you had spoken up. Or maybe the group has now taken someone else’s idea and run with it, so a different direction is now on the horizon.
I have often been that person who, for a variety of reasons, keeps an idea in my head. Recently I watched a life-changing video from entrepreneur Derek Sivers. It made me really think about why we sometimes hold back from sharing and contributing and how we can create conditions to get those great ideas out in the open.
As the video says, everyone’s ideas seem obvious to them! But often an idea might be absolutely amazing. How can we make sure that these ideas are shared and developed? This got me thinking about our learners and staff in schools and the ways that we as educators and leaders provide the environment and opportunities for this to happen. After much thought, reading and discussion with colleagues this is what I think is key.