Creative activities generally start with an ‘ugly baby’, don’t they? And then you iterate, edit, and improve til you have the polished final version.

The ‘ugly baby’ – the first draft of a new idea – might just be the beginnings of something magnificent, but it needs to be fiercely protected and nurtured and developed to have a chance.

The ‘ugly baby’ concept also applies in general to anytime when we elicit ideas from others. We might be quick to discard novel things that we did not expect, but we should act the opposite, and let them develop further.

But instead of immediately discarding what is unfamiliar, we should give those ideas a chance to be developed further.

At what point and how do we discard a bad idea (something developed further from the ‘ugly baby’) will be the topic for another post…