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Killing Creativity

Creativity is such a fragile creature, easily wounded, often destroyed. A few of the weapons, simple phrases or actions, that can be used to kill creativity include the following ...
  • We don't take any risks around here ...
  • We don't have time ...
  • It would take too long ...
  • We don't have resources ...
  • Well, maybe tomorrow ...
  • It's not my job ...
  • It's not your job ...
  • That's a dumb question ...
  • The rules are ...
  • You're going to fail ...
  • It would cost too much ...
  • It's impossible ...
  • Why don't you write a report ...
  • It's not your job ...
  • That's been done before ...
  • That's not how we do things around here ...
  • Their ideas don't count ...
  • Well, maybe next week ...
  • That's a stupid idea ...
  • Yes, but ...
  • Well, maybe next year ...
  • If it ain't broke, don't fix i t...
  • It's good enough already ...
  • We don't have money ...
  • It's never been done before ...
  • We tried that and it didn't work ...
  • I don't like it ...
  • Our customers wouldn't like it ...
  • That's not really creative ...
  • That's crazy ...
  • (Yawn)
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