One of the greatest pains for achievers is the length of time it takes to change inefficient processes, if they get changed at all.
Gary Hamel gives some suggestions for renegades to make changes in his book, The Future of Management. Here are some ideas:
- Instead of launching a major change program, design a couple of low-cost, low risk experiments that demonstrate your idea will work. This way, you can gather data to use when you face resistance from those not wanting try something new. Hold on to your revolutionary idea, but take evolutionary steps.
- Find a champion at the executive level who believes in you. This person can at least provide emotional support if not resources, and will stand by your side when you start your campaign. Then as you begin to get results, get as many champions as you can. In this way, you use your influence more than your strength.
- If you can, engage people to help you by laying out a challenge in the form of a game. The younger generation loves solving problems and challenges, as they do online. Lay out your experiment in the spirit of fun and people will show up. In this way, you can validate your theory cheaply and quickly before bringing it out to the larger group.
- Be clear on the results you are looking for, especially if they can be measured. Then learn from your mistakes while persisting with your plan even in the face of resistance.
In the end, imagine your innovation in detail, and then take the steps to make it real.
What innovation are you willing to try today?