Do daily activities sidetrack your long-term goals and desires? These tips may help you reprioritize.
Ever wish for a magic wand that would instantly bring all of your great ideas to fruition? The secret to success is more practical: organization. These pointers may help you turn your brilliant ideas into products, services or internal initiatives that can move your company forward.
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- Make time for "idea time." Ideas are the seeds that grow into innovation, but if all you do is generate ideas, none will ever come to be. Instead, find a foolproof way to capture the ideas that fall outside of your current operations, and then schedule special brainstorming sessions to review them. Set aside additional time to prioritize the valid ideas and then revisit the list periodically. This allows you to pursue projects without the distraction of shiny new "what-ifs" that require their own development and implementation.
- Start with a single, concrete action. Once you've identified a goal, it's unlikely that the roadmap toward achieving it will be clear. It needn't be. A single action is all that's needed to move forward--and then another single action, and another. In his book Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles between Vision and Reality, author Scott Belsky suggests that teams should walk away from every project meeting with action steps, backburner items (ideas that don't require immediate attention) and reference tools, such as documents, attachments and meeting notes.
- Let go. It's one thing to ask, "Wouldn't it be great if...?" and quite another to state categorically, "Let's make this happen." As a leader, you can ignite the spark that brings a great idea to fruition, but creating ownership of the idea among your team may require you to relinquish control over some of the process.
- Focus on your customer. Whether it's an actual client, an internal end-user or even yourself, someone will benefit from the realization of your idea. If you find yourself slipping into reactive mode by answering emails or attending other peoples' meetings, stop for a moment and ask yourself, "What can I do right now that will benefit my customer?" Then do it.
- Shorten the horizon. Does the opportunity require you to look long and hard--or can you just leap? Consider a "beta" version of your idea. Your team will not only experience a concrete achievement, but you'll also position yourself to garner feedback--before the idea is fully baked.
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