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So you've come up with what you think is a great idea. In fact, it's an idea that no one else has thought of. Before you go into your manager's office, however, you need to work out if it's likely to succeed and will add value in the right way. Watch this insight to learn how to work out if your idea is worth pursuing and when to show it to your boss.
Is your idea is a good one?
So here’s the thing you have spotted something that you think could benefit the organisation you work for. As far as you know no one else has identified this.
Maybe there is a problem in your workplace and you have an idea of how to fix it. Or you may have spotted an opportunity that the organisation you work for could benefit from if they implemented it. But before you jump up and run to your manager’s office and tell them about this missed opportunity let’s think this one through.
To ensure your idea will be listened to you need to take into consideration the following areas:
How does the idea sit within the organisations goals and values?
What investment or cost will need to be considered?
What implication are there for the organisation?
What potential outcomes are there?
Now it’s fairly likely that you won’t have all the information required to answer all those questions. However, for now you can consider those questions and think about why the idea should be considered. Think about the barriers it may face so you can come up with some suggestions and options for your idea. You need to do this before you even knock on your manager’s door.
Organisational goals and values. Every organisation has its own goals and values. Another words it has something that is aiming towards and a preferred way of doing that. If you don’t know your organisation's overall goals and values, then you need to go and find out. In order to be considered your idea needs to fit in to these overall plans and preferred ways of working. The clearer you are about the organization's goals and values, the easier it will be for you to know if your idea is even going to be considered.
Investments and cost. Again it’s unlikely that you’re going to be able to work out the actual costs or investment needed to move your idea forward. However, let’s
consider some basic facts. Unless your idea adds high value to the bottom line no organisation is likely to consider it if there are large costs or time requirements
Before you put forward your idea forward, consider the potential costs required and the potential added value your idea will bring.
Implications for the organisation. When you present your ideas your manager you will need to consider what implications there are both positive and negative to the organisation in considering your idea. Who will it affect? What changes will need to be made and what impact might it have?
Potential outcomes. Rather than just saying what your idea is you need to start framing your idea in outcomes. “If we implement my idea this could happen” or “If we change this those results will be improved upon”. You need to be able to explain what the benefits of implementing your idea will bring to the organisation.
Unfortunately, sometimes as staff members we don’t know all of the facts about the way in which the organisation is developing and moving forward. However, by doing your homework and having enough information to know that your idea has potential, your manager will appreciate you’ve tried your best.
It’s no good offering an idea that doesn’t sit within the organisations plans or ways of working and feeling rejected when you are told your idea doesn’t work for us.
This insight video is part of the Get Your Ideas Heard in the Workplace course.