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As a New Employee, How to I Ensure My Ideas at Work are Taken Seriously?

by | Jul 21, 2023 | Asking For a Friend Featured, By Karin Hurt |

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Want to make an impact in your new role? Position your ideas at work so they’re more likely to be heard.

“Hey Karin, “I was hired for my ideas and my extensive experience. I was told “We welcome your different perspectives, experiences, and ideas at work. That’s exactly what we need here! And now, I’m here. And I’m constantly hearing, “ahhh, I don’t think we can do it that way.” “Eh…. we tried that before…” “THIS IS THE WAY WE DO THINGS AROUND HERE…”

I’m frustrated and I’m getting the sense that I’m frustrating other people too. What should I do?” #AskingforaFriend

Three Practical Ways to Help Your Idea Get the Best Chance of Traction

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Of course, every situation is different. But I’d start by paying attention to context, collaboration, and focus.

Context

The best way to gain credibility for your ideas at work is to show that you understand the context. Will your ideas solve burning problems that solve strategic business challenges? Have you spent time really getting curious about the systems and processes in the business? Do you understand the mission, vision, and values? Do you have a solid understanding of how new ideas are considered and implemented?

Connect your ideas to the bigger picture – goals, values, long-term vision– and also consider the technical nuances and challenges for implementation.

Collaboration

Make sure your team knows that you have their (and the organization’s) best interest at heart. Worry more about the idea, than who gets the credit. Include others and get curious about their perspectives. Foster collaboration by taking time to learn from your colleagues and include them in your planning. Put people before projects and build trust.

Focus

When you come blazing into a new-to-you organization with tons of great ideas, focus is key. It can be overwhelming for your team and manager when you share too many innovative ideas at work all at once. Implementing new ideas takes work, time, and energy. So, what are the one or two changes that would make the biggest impact? Share your ideas at work strategically so that you are addressing those most impactful areas first. You will lose credibility if you start recommending changes to everything, everywhere, all at once.

I’m curious. What ideas do you have for this friend? How can you help them ensure their ideas at work are welcomed in their new role? Leave a comment below.

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Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict, and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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