Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 21

We can never blame others for having bad .Rather we must blame ourselves for not providing better .

There really is no such thing as a bad idea.  Or a good idea, for that matter.  In fact, no idea is inherently measurable in terms of "goodness."  By itself, ideas are just that.  What separates the "good" from the "bad" is the response ideas are given: feedback.

It is quite possible to take an idea that doesn't sound like it will fit an organization in its current form and turn it into something that greatly improves how a school or district operates.  At the same time, ideas that seem like perfect fits can turn out to be duds.

Feedback is the key separator for ideas that work and those that don't.  And we, as educators, creatives, leaders, and the like, are the ones who not only may provide the ideas, but the feedback that turns those ideas into living and breathing "things."

Therefore, it is imperative that we consider the feedback before we deliver it.  Are we delivering it in a way that is easy to understand?  Are we not only pointing out faults but sharing potential solutions (or better yet, providing the idea generator with a path to finding solutions for himself/herself)?  Are we separating out feedback from advice?  Are we focusing on the mission at hand, not the person?

These are some of the many questions we should be considering before opening our mouths, clicking "send," or putting pen to paper.  Therefore, it is important to remember that the fault (or success) never rests solely on the shoulders of the idea generator.  Rather, it is distributed among the backs of all those who heard the idea and shared their thoughts.

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