Don’t tarnish the silver lining. Polish it.

This TED video is about education, but it could easily apply to opportunities that you give your staff to learn, to be creative and invent great new things.

Google gives their employees a percentage of their work time so that they can work on that next big thing they are pumped up about or interested in.

How many new businesses are started by employees who were not allowed to be creative and explore their ideas?

How much more successful would their employer be if they let the employee pursue that interest in-house, rather than forcing them to bail out in frustration – only to create their own company and flourish?

Who in your company is frustrated by things like this? While they are doing your company’s work, do they have a new product floating around in their head that has the potential to be the next Post-it Note? The next iPod? The next Gutenberg press?

Do you have a budding Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Lee Iacocca, Trump, Randy Pausch or Dan Kennedy lurking just below the surface of your business?

Are your people forced to keep their ideas to themselves, feeling like a seedling struggling to reach through the soil and feel the sun, air and rain? How would you know?

How are you encouraging your staff to grow and create things that not only push your business to the next rung on the ladder, but instead push your business five rungs up the ladder?

As you watch Sir Ken Robinson speak, think about your employees in the same light that Ken talks about children in our education system.

And then do something about it. Don’t let the creative ones go out of boredom and frustration.

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