How To Get Co-Workers To Buy Into Your Ideas
What’s the best way to get your coworkers to buy into your ideas? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
This answer provided by Charlene Walters is excellent. I will merely add to her ideas. Of course, every situation is different. These may certainly not always be applicable.
- Supplement data with a 30–60-second story. Perhaps use a PAR story: Describe the Problem, your smart Approach to the problem, and the likely or actual positive Result.
For example, you might describe the frustration that employees have been having with a process. Then describe your idea for streamlining or otherwise improving it. Then explain how it would save employees time, stress, and/or profit.
- Get a duck or three in a row. Before presenting an idea at a meeting, run it by key stakeholders for their input and buy-in.
- Less is more. Unless you’re brilliant, only some of your ideas are excellent, whether in amount of impact and/or likelihood of implementation. If you propose too many ideas, chances are that many will be dismissed, that you’ll be viewed as a purveyor of mediocre ideas, and/or be viewed as a show-off. Recognize that you pay a price for each rejected idea and even accepted ones of modest benefit for the effort or cost required. Better to present one excellent, cost-effective idea than five lesser ones.