When people aren’t given the opportunity to share their ideas openly, then some end up getting ripped off!
I see this in 2 ways:
1. We have people in schools with great ideas that never get an opportunity to be “heard”
2. We have people who share their great ideas only for those ideas to be passed on or used without credit
The danger in #1 is that great potential is lost which could lead to people feeling under-utilised.
The danger in #2 is that people may ultimately leave because they feel “used” and unappreciated.
I think organisations have the challenge of providing its people with a voice to eliminate or reduce these problems. How this is achieved is the burden of leadership.
Do you have any suggestions as to how to give voice to staff and create avenues where power relations are not hamstrung?