"It'll NEVER Work."
This is a door-slamming, ego-deflating, idea squasher suitable for business,
home-repair projects or play. It also appears as:
It'll never fly.
never win approval.
What to Do About It
Try to open doors and minds to a new way of doing things. Create a working definition.
Often the core issue is caused by different definitions of the verb "to
work." Here's a quick quiz.
|Does "to work" mean:
||leaping tall buildings in a single bound?
||producing a desired result?
Does the naysayer's definition match yours? If not, establish criteria for
success. Ask how well the initial idea has to work to be beneficial.
Change the rules.
From bumblebee flight to quantum physics, some of life's greatest achievements
shouldn't work. Often, the only thing not working is our old way of viewing
the problem. Use new images, new words and "What if...?" questions
to inspire upside-down thinking and give your ideas some "working"
|Tips For Leaders
Replace "It'll never work" in your own conversations with
||Can we do a test first to see the results?
||Where do you think this will work best?
||What will it take to make this work?
Encourage commitment to working it out!
Go to Killer Phrase #2 "If
it ain't broke..."
Go to Killer Phrase #3 "We've
always done it this way."
Go to Killer Phrase #4 "I'll
get back to you."
Go to Killer Phrase #5 "It'll
Go to Killer Phrase #6 "No!""
Go to Killer Phrase #7 "Great
idea, but not for us."
Go to Killer Phrase #8 "Do
you realize the paper work it will create."
Go to Killer Phrase #9 "It
isn't your responsibility."
Go to Killer Phrase #10 "We
tried that before."