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Tool KitBehaviorsBravery

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Innovation Behavior #3: Bravery

Bravery lays the foundation for all of the other behaviors and can come in many forms. It takes a courageous spirit to suspend judgment, experiment, and try things that might not work. It also takes courage to let an idea go based on new information or learnings and to provide a safe environment for suggesting and discussing new ideas.

Practicing bravery may seem scary and uncomfortable at first, but it gets easier with time. When you observe someone else being brave, be sure to give them kudos. This helps to foster a culture of bravery.

Put Bravery into Practice

Ask a colleague or a friend to help you grow one of your ideas — especially one that isn’t fully formed. Be clear about what you are trying to achieve by sharing your idea; you aren’t asking for judgment, but for help to make it stronger. Work together to build that idea.

It can be hard to share an idea, especially if you’re afraid you’ll be judged. Prepare! By knowing your talking points and creating your vision of success, you will feel more confident — and braver — than if you are not prepared.

Bravery is used with the following tools: