One of the most puzzling things I’ve encountered repeatedly in the business world is people who don’t want to share information. It is as if they want to get a leg up on the competition. In reality this is counterproductive to what we all strive to accomplish…a good solid plan, a productive staff, and a positive outcome for all. To be really successful I have found that you should brainstorm with anyone and everyone who will listen. When you are passionate about your ideas you automatically excite and engage others to participate.
1. Never say you are too busy to meet or have a conversation with vendors and sales reps. Together you just might come up with something innovative that tops the competition.
2. Engage your staff. They want to feel like they are part of the process and the team as a whole will be more successful.
3. Talk to others outside of your department. Often you will get input about how to fine-tune your plan or come across ideas you didn’t think of yourself.
Remember, good ideas can come from anywhere. The best ideas come from collaboration.