What’s your approach to introducing a new initiative?  Do you plan alone or with just a select few?  Do you make the decisions and tell others?  Do you push for closure, focused primarily on getting the task done?

If you answered, “Yes” to the above questions you may find that your good ideas often fail before they’re even implemented.  Here are few changes that may make a big difference in your rate of success. 

  • Seek out other’s ideas while the project is in early developmental stages.  Make visible use of good suggestions.
  • Regularly connect with stakeholders.  Keep them updated.  Solicit and incorporate their feedback. 
  • Earlier than you may think necessary, begin socializing the project and educating affected groups. Be open to their input.  Listen respectfully.  Listen to learn. 

Others buy-in more readily when their imprint is on the final product.