How to Convince Leaders/Management to Take on Your Ideas? Tips for Engineers

You want to get management to adopt a new tool or drop a process that no longer works.

What can you do to get Management/Leadership to buy into your ideas?

  • what problem does this solve exactly
  • what does this have to do with my targets or priorities
  • how would this help us do things faster, cheaper
  • how long this will delay the project,
  • how long it would take to embed/implement
  • how it would/not fit the current systems,
  • how it would/not integrate with current systems,
  • how other teams would reject it
  • how many risks this could pose that perhaps you haven’t yet thought of
  • how it would affect the costings of the project and so on.

The Step by Step Guide About How to Put Forward an Idea

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How to Pitch the Initiative?

If you are in a bigger meeting with VPs/Directors and you only have 2 minutes, tell them:

· specifically what the problem is at your level and why it has wider implications for the business

· what you tried to do about it but didn’t work (and this is why you are you talking to them about this)

· what would you like them to say “yes” to so you can drive this change internally, but why at present you can’t do this without their endorsement.

Ideally you would pitch your ideas in a one to one meeting after you sent them an email saying you want to meet as you have some ideas how you could solve a problem they have and what you could do to solve it and why you need their help and what you’d want them to do.

If you are in a one to one meeting:

  • what things would look like once this tool was implemented
  • what the steps are to implement the tool (would it be just in your team or across multiple teams)
  • the teams you have already spoken to, their support for this idea (tool) and that they agreed to take this tool on if this manager agrees
  • how long this will delay the project (if at all!) or how you’d be able to catch up the lost time once the idea (tool) is implemented,
  • how long it would take to embed/implement
  • how it would fit the current systems and which systems are those,
  • how it would integrate with current systems,
  • what risks this could pose and what you have thought about to minimise those risks
  • why it would be easy for the team to start working with this new tool
  • what you personally would do to help implement the tool in the team/s
  • how it would affect the costings of the project/how much does it cost in total.
  • potential for this tool to be used on future/other projects not just this one.

Remember, the key algorithm to putting forward an idea successfully is:

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Helps Engineers who are Leaders (CEO/ CTO/ VP) get buy-in from their peers/teams/investors by transforming Communication techniques into Algorithms

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Helps Engineers who are Leaders (CEO/ CTO/ VP) get buy-in from their peers/teams/investors by transforming Communication techniques into Algorithms

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