I posted recently about an email that I thought was great; our team leader asked us what was next for our great team and what we wanted to work on.
Well, assignments have been handed out and I didn't get what I asked for. Okay. The assignment I did get will probably turn out to be very cool, however, it isn't what I asked to do. What makes it odd is that I didn't get any explanation as to why I didn't get to work on what I asked to do. It's glaring problem that everyone acknowledges needs fixed.
From great leadership to a missed opportunity.
My point is this: as a leader, if you're going to open the floor to suggestions - which I think is great leadership - either follow the recommendations that you're given or take the time to explain why you can't or won't or aren't, etc.
Nothing is worse than not knowing. If my ideas are bad, fine. Tell me. I'm an adult (we all are). If the timing is wrong, explain that to me.... but mostly, if you don't trust me enough to have a say in the future direction... DON'T ASK ME!