Leaders Lead Through Ideas
Ideas lead to actions
Your employees act on the ideas they have in their own heads. Some of these ideas come from within themselves, some come from others in the organization, and some come from you. Your job is to align and focus these ideas so that the organization’s energy is directed toward a common vision.
What risks do ideas face?
Ideas exist within a high-risk, survival of the fittest environment. The biggest risk any idea faces within your organization is that it gets lost in the muddle of the thousands of competing ideas that float through the environment on any given day. Other risks include:
Loss of Focus: People lose track of the purpose of an idea, or who needs to do what to achieve results.
Loss of Shape: An idea that starts out with clarity becomes confused and muddled that people no longer recognize it for the important idea it was.
Misalignment: Ideas start playing tug-of-war with each other, competing for attention and resources, limiting the impact of all of them.
Disengagement: People no longer care about the idea because it has lost credibility and it is not clear “What’s In It For Me?” (WIFM). If people don’t care, they will not act.
What kinds of ideas are at risk?
You can assume that any idea you or others present will die an untimely death if the risks are not identified and mitigated. This is true for all ideas, big or small. For example:
- A single item on a meeting agenda
- An idea delivered through an organizational initiative
- An idea for a major new product
- The mental image people have of you as a leader
- The idea you hope people have about your organization