Another Handful of Tips 56 – New Ideas
Another five tips to promote a new idea
There is nothing more exciting than getting a new idea accepted and implemented. It gives one great satisfaction.
1. New ideas won’t work unless you work hard to introduce them and to gain support
You need energy and enthusiasm to ‘sell’ a new idea and good presentation skills to get them accepted.
Timing is often important.
2. Never kill a good idea but look for alternative ways to make use of it
List possible alternative uses for consideration. These could be valuable not only today but possibly in the future.
3. New ideas do not flourish in a conforming environment
They are more successful in organisations where people are allowed to make a few mistakes and where they are listened to.
They need a creative atmosphere where managers and workers accept and appreciate change.
4. Good ideas need champions with zeal and passion to promote them
They need people who are involved in the final decision and have the future of the organisation in mind.
5. Emphasise the benefits
To get an idea accepted explain why changes are needed. Tell the stakeholders the benefits and present your case with energy and skill.
“Reacting quickly to new ideas is important to the success of a business.”
Source: “Secrets for New Managers” first published by Moss Associates Ltd., New Zealand (www//mossassociates.co.nz) and Cengage Learning Asia, Singapore. Also available as a hard copy and as an e-book from Amazon.com and VitalSource.
This books contains many articles first published in “Today’s Manager” the official bi-monthly publication of the Singapore Institute of management and published with the Institute’s permission.