Seven Ways to Get Your Idea Implemented

By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

Most people have heard of the Golden Rule – “Do to others what you would like for them to do to you.” That’s not just idle verbiage, but an incredible way to get ideas implement on a team. The acceptance and implementation of your idea does not begin with your offering it, but with how you accept and help implement the ideas of others. If you shoot down the ideas of others it’s a sure bet they won’t be very excited about yours. If you rain on their parade you can expect they will rain on yours.

Seven ways to get others to be receptive to your ideas

1. Present implementation as an energizer – Most people are “pumped” when their idea is accepted and implement. They feel like they have accomplished something. Although some ideas may not produce what you want, it does mean people are thinking and at least trying. Let people know that the energy is flowing even if the direction may be a little off target.

2. Create an environment that encourages and supports the ideas of others – When someone comes up with an idea, no matter how ridiculous it is, verbally reinforce it. If you shoot the messenger because you don’t like the message you create an environment where people believe it’s useless to be innovative or creative.

3. Energize the environment by asking questions – What do you think? How would you approach this problem? What would you do to improve on this idea? How would you implement it? People love to share their opinions and suggestions. Ask for ideas and, when possible, give them a try.

4. Show genuine interest – Take the ideas of others seriously by showing a true interest in what someone is saying. Be approachable and receptive to others by paying attention to what is being said. Look at the person without those preoccupied glances or rushing the conversation. People realize when you are too busy to listen.

5. Reinforce the smallest steps – Implementation is not the last step in a project, it’s the first step and every step after that. Each little step progressively moves toward the execution of an idea. Reinforce and encourage the small steps.

6. Offer help to someone dragging their feet – If the progress of a project is being slowed by someone don’t criticize the person but go to him or her and ask if you can help get things to move along a little faster.

7. Most important don’t be a lone ranger – “Be responsible enough to ask people to help in time of need. “I need help,” “I’m stuck, can you help me get off dead center?” Even if you know exactly what needs to be done it’s not a bad idea to solicit assistance. Even when people are busy they like to help in time of need.

Getting people involved is a genuine way to build relationships on a team. When you help others they are more willing to help you in time of need. Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”

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