Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Creativity Tips: Put It Out There

When you have a good idea, there's an easy way to make it better. Put it out there. Let other people add to it -- you'll be amazed at how your idea sparks others.

For example, the temperature in KC is hovering around 192 degrees with 5,000 percent humidity. I'm not exaggerating. Well, not much.

So, I posted an idea on Facebook yesterday: If kids get snow days, shouldn't adults get heat days? Let's call off work. I thought it was a great idea. You know what happened? I got better back.

Jo said: I once sent the entire office home at 3 p.m. for a weather emergency. It was about 76 degrees and sunny in early February. Our HQ office had lots of snow days, and I figured we wouldn't get much work done anyway. I must say it bought me lots of good will, at least for a while!

Randy had a similar suggestion: I'd hold out for "perfect weather" days. Probably a Friday in late October for us here in Dallas.

I love that idea. So, for all the bosses on the CI team, here's the deal: The next time the weather is unexpectedly, unbelievably wonderful, give your team "perfect weather emergency" time off!


Anonymous said...

Cowbell's in! Love the idea.

Lezlie said...

Brilliant. Makes me want to be a boss just so I can be that cool!