We love to talk about innovation in our teams but let’s face it: only a small percentage of any team’s ideas and brainstorms are worth pursuing.
If a leader ignores those ideas or mentions how bad the idea is, it demotivates the team and they might not bring up new ideas in the future.
But we work in an innovation-driven economy and we would like to encourage (even more) innovation across our teams.
So how can one encourage innovation, motivate team members to bring up more ideas, and at the same time, provide critical feedback?
Welcome to the FLIP framework.
Here’s how a leader can use FLIP to encourage the team to continue innovating.
When a team member shares or pitches an idea to you, use the four steps of the FLIP framework.
- F is for Favorite: share what are your favorite parts of this idea.
- L is for Least: share what are your least favorite parts of this idea, be critical.
- I is for Insight: share an insight or two about the idea or the general domain that helps to bring context and perspective.
- P is problem statement: restate or clarify the problem statement to help the team member improve and recalibrate.
By using the FLIP framework, you can appreciate the effort, acknowledge the idea, provide feedback, and reframe it to encourage even more ideas.
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