Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Ways to Kill Creativity

This list or something very much like it is something that I was given many years ago when I was studying education.

These are the knee-jerk phrases used to kill or squelch good ideas or innovations.

# Our place is different
# We tried that before.
# It costs too much.
# That's not my job.
# They're too busy to do that.
# We don't have the time.
# Not enough help.
# It's too radical a change.
# The staff will never buy it.
# It's against company policy.
# The union will scream.
# That will run up our overhead.
# We don't have the authority.
# Let's get back to reality
# That's not our problem.
# I don't like the idea.
# I'm not saying you're wrong but...
# You're two years ahead of your time.
# Now's not the right time.
# It isn't in the budget.
# Can't teach an old dog new tricks.
# Good thought, but impractical.
# Let's give it more thought.
# We'll be the laughingstock of the industry.
# Not that again.
# Where'd you dig that one up?
# We did alright without it before.
# It's never been tried.
# Let's put that one on the back burner for now.
# Let's form a committee.
# It won't work in our place.
# The executive committee will never go for it.
# I don't see the connection.
# Let's all sleep on it.
# It can't be done.
# It's too much trouble to change.
# It won't pay for itself.
# It's impossible.
# I know a person who tried it and got fired.
# We've always done it this way.
# We'd lose money in the long run.
# Don't rock the boat.
# That's what we can expect from the staff.
# Has anyone else ever tried it?
# Let's look into it further.
# We'll have to answer to the stockholders.
# Quit dreaming.
# If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
# That's too much ivory tower.
# It's too much work.

-Dave Dufour, Act II Associates, Inc.


Let me add one I hear all the time:

# Teachers are tired of educational fads.

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