Why Do Initiatives Go “Poof” In the Night?

|Why Do Initiatives Go “Poof” In the Night?
Why Do Initiatives Go “Poof” In the Night? 2017-05-23T19:16:05+00:00

Do you know the answers to these questions?

Important ideas often get lost in the very processes designed to move them forward. This happens with large-scale organizational initiatives, but it also happens in staff “off-sites” or even everyday meetings. How many of your ideas go “poof?” How can you lower the number of poofs-per-year?
Big ideas are often communicated so broadly that it is impossible for employees to understand exactly what they are supposed to do to support them. This is why big ideas often have no impact. Do you usually know the specific employee behaviors required for your big ideas to have an impact?
You have seen the game where a message is passed around a circle until it becomes completely distorted. This often happens when a big idea is communicated from one employee to another. Does this happen to your big ideas?
Ideas live in a survival-of-the-fittest environment. If your big idea gets in the way of a powerful idea headed in the opposite direction, it is likely to get crushed. If you team it up with existing powerful ideas, they will build on each other’s momentum.
The first thing any employee implicitly asks upon hearing the boss has launched a new idea is, “What’s in it for me?” Do you understand the different lenses individual employees use to evaluate your idea? Does this change how you communicate it?

How I can help

I will work with you or your employees in the following ways:

Focus and strengthen mission-critical ideas within your organization.

Typical coaching objectives include:

  • Sift through and align strategic ideas to get the most from limited resources.
  • Monitor the progress of ideas to ensure they retain their original intent.
  • Weed out ineffective ideas before they steal momentum from healthy ones.

Next step: Ask me how to do an idea inventory and idea risk analysis to avoid wasting resources on poorly focused ideas. You may also set up a complimentary coaching session.

Identify and mitigate initiative risks.

Typical workshop or meeting objectives include:

  • Conduct idea risk analysis as initiatives are planned and as they progress.
  • Assess the idea management culture to identify and mitigate systemic risks.
  • Develop team skills in the design and implementation of ideas.

Next step: Talk to me about working with your teams to minimize the risks faced by all good ideas.

Motivate initiative teams to keep their eyes on the big idea.

Typical presentation objectives include:

  • Raise awareness of the most common risks encountered by organizational ideas.
  • Challenge teams to identify and mitigate risks of current initiatives.
  • • Share lessons learned about successful initiatives from research on my book, “Leading Through Ideas.”

Next step: Ask me about a practical and motivational presentation to identify and mitigate risks to initiative or project outcomes.

Buy the Book Now!

Please contact me to discuss any of the above issues. I will be pleased to provide you with a free copy of my book in return for an interesting conversation.
jeggert@idealeadership.com 832 330 2536

Read an excerpt from the Forward and Introduction Chapter of “Leading Through Ideas”