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How can I effectively deal with people who complain about processes, but do not provide their feedback when the opportunity arises? How can I get these folks to become more involved in changing the process?

One method we use is sticky notes. If people are afraid to have their name attached to an idea (or complaint) then the anonymity of sticky notes helps.

It also helps get the introverts to submit ideas when there are extroverts dominating the discussion. Another way to encourage input is to use apps the keep the submitter’s identity private. “Incogneato” is one app I’m aware of.

See if the method of solicitation helps bring that person into the conversation.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.