Should we reward bad ideas?

Reward bad ideas? How’s that for a way to think in reverse? 🙂

This is one of the most common questions I receive from participants at my workshops and also from companies.

Let’s face it: bad ideas are a dime a dozen and there’s so many of them. Let’s just say, “anyone can make them”. But is it useful to continue encouraging them? Well I think we should!

The simple reason is that it takes the creation of many new ideas before we hit upon that one great or brilliant one. And not rewarding staff for coming up with new ideas, is to kill off their enthusiasm at the early stage.

I came across this article that delves more into this subject and provides a few reasons we should reward bad ideas. After reading, feel free to share what you think.