Yesterday and the day before I reflected on how superstition and innovation perhaps had a link. At start of something completely new, it’s not possible to separate the good ideas from the bad ones. So we need to allow people to be a little crazy.
Jony Ive shared this in his Tribute to Steve Jobs:
.. while ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished.
Powerful, profound words from the world’s most influential living designer.
So easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished.
Parts of our culture glorify confidence, skills in public speaking, and an ability to project an aura of certainty. And this culture makes us miss the ideas of people who might remain silent due to an air of intimidation.
There are times and places for confidence for sure, but I doubt if that’s in the space of innovation – at the very beginning of something new and interesting.
I have been on both sides of the stick. Both in giving harsh feedback, and in receiving it. Giving critical feedback makes you feel smart and sure, but it squishes ideas. Anyone who presents a new idea, a new design, is putting himself or herself up for criticism. It’s an act of courage.
And the more weird the idea, the more courage it takes to let others subject it to scrutiny.