9 Tips for Getting Your Boss to Support Your Ideas
You know you have some great ideas for your company, but you
just can’t seem to get your boss to support them. How can you fix that? Try
these nine tips:
1. Be passionate
Present your idea in a way that shows how enthusiastic you
are about it. When you’re excited about your plan, it will be difficult for
your boss to ignore, so they’ll be more likely to hear you out.
Before you pitch to your boss, practice. Round up a few of
your coworkers and propose it to them. If they don’t understand your idea,
figure out how to explain it better. Have your coworkers ask any and every
3. Be prepared
Your boss has a lot on their plate, so don’t spend the
meeting thinking out loud. Before presenting, look at both the pros and cons of
implementing your initiative, and be prepared to defend it. You might also
consider looking into whether anything similar has ever been discussed or tried
at your company. If it has, find out the results. If it hasn’t, see if other
companies have tried it and look into how it’s working for them.
4. Know who the stakeholders are
Make sure you know who will be impacted by your idea, whose
support you need, and who can help you shape your plan. During your meeting
with your boss, agree on who should talk to whom.
5. Pick the right time
Timing is everything. If you pitch your idea at the wrong
time, your boss won’t support it no matter what. Learn your boss’s schedule to
figure out when they have the most time and least amount of stress. Don’t set a
meeting for first thing Monday morning, right before lunch, or right after the
company faces a major hiccup – your boss will be too preoccupied to listen.
6. Pitch beneficial initiatives
Pitch ideas that have clear benefits to the company, your boss, and your department. Stick to proposals that could reduce expenses, increase revenue, improve efficiency, or help your department reach its goals faster. Read also: 8 Ways to Improve Employee Efficiency
7. Be respectful and honest
When you’re meeting with your boss, answer their questions
respectfully and patiently. If you don’t know the answer, admit it and commit
to finding out. After the meeting, immediately start looking for a solution so
you can report back to your boss quickly.
Even though you’re the one proposing a new initiative,
listen to your boss and consider their suggestions. If they start making
suggestions, they’ve likely already bought into your plan and want to be
involved. If your boss wants to run with it, be willing to let go of control. People
will still know it’s your brainchild, especially if you keep coming up with
9. Follow up and follow through
Execution can separate a good idea from an excellent plan,
so you can’t just make your proposal and be done with it. After you’ve met with
your boss, stay on it. If your boss was interested in your plan, make sure to
check in periodically to see what the next steps should be and to update your
boss on the progress.
Take personal responsibility to make sure your suggestion is
implemented correctly. If you show follow-through, your boss will keep