Richard Warren Field
Politicians Aptitude Test: Question Five
The Great Idea Dilemma
The Scenario: One of your co-workers has come up with a great idea for
your workplace. You know immediately this idea is brilliant and your shy
co-worker is testing the idea with you. You:
Tell the co-worker
what a wonderful idea it is, and encourage the co-worker to take the idea
further. If he (or she) is still hesitant, you offer to help devise a strategy
and prepare the co-worker to present the idea to upper management.
Offer to team
up with the individual to bring the idea to upper management. You agree
that your co-worker will get credit for the idea, and you will get credit
for helping with the presentation.
Tell your co-worker
the idea is unrefined, and you advise against taking it any further. Then
you make enough changes in the idea so it is different from the original,
and present it to upper management as your own idea.
Offer to refine
and present the idea to management for a fee. Then you make superficial
changes in the idea so you will receive most of the credit. You hold off
making the presentation until you are sure you can negotiate a bonus (not
to be shared with your timid co-worker) for discovering the idea.
co-worker for brilliant intelligence and innovative abilities. You emphasize
the fact that you were not smart enough to think of this idea yourself
and insist you are unworthy of helping advance the idea forward.
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