Things can always be better at your company, and YOU’RE the one with the ideas, right?
Every organization wants to improve, and most value the ideas and feedback they get from their employees. But management isn’t just going to jump at every idea they hear. While everyone can be an innovator, not every new idea is a great idea.
So the next time a new idea pops into your head, don’t assume it’s a game-changer. Think critically, and answer the following questions to ensure it’s something that can really move your organization forward.
Does it align with corporate strategy?
Is it solving a (big) problem?
Do others experience this problem?
What are the bottom-line benefits?
Who are the parties that benefit?
What problems could arise during or after implementation?
Are there opportunities for expansion?
What are the risks of implementation?
Who do you need support from?
What resources are needed?
What does development and implementation look like?
Is extensive research or testing necessary?
How much money do you need for development?
How much time do you need for development?
How much money do you need for implementation?
How much time do you need for implementation?
Is it even feasible?
Can’t answer some of the questions above? Ask someone and get the information you need. New ideas and perspectives are the lifeblood of organizations, so management needs to make sure you’re willing AND able to think critically about the problems and opportunities facing the company.
Once you know the problems your company is facing and the ideas they need, you can formulate an idea or innovation strategy that the company can act on. Couple that with feedback and insights from co-workers around the company, and you’ll be ready to pitch a serious case-study to management that they can act on.