Your Boss Isn’t the Villain

How many times have you had a great idea, an idea that you thought could change the course of your team, your department, or even your company only to have it shot down?  To have the status quo chosen over this beautiful, incredible, amazing idea.

Well, I’m here to tell you that your peers or department head or boss likely isn’t the villain.  The villain is change.  Change isn’t a four-letter word, but it might as well be.  Read the book who moved my cheese…

A few tips on dealing with this or prepping to combat this resistance:

  1. Don’t assume everyone knows that a problem exists that needs a solution.  Bring others along to the fact that there is an issue.
  2. Make sure the idea isn’t just for YOU… and even if it is make sure you communicate specifically how much it helps your team/department/company.
  3. The longest playing radio station in the world is WIIFM (what’s in it for me) so let people know.
  4. Set realistic expectations even if the potential is through the roof.
  5. Depending on the situation, chat with peers, and get some groundswell buy-in (without undermining your boss).
  6. Last, but not least… don’t blame your team, department, or your boss when the answer is no.  They aren’t personally attacking you, they either don’t have time for change or they lack the capacity to deal with change.  Either way, you now have a new problem to attack!


Nick Hendricks Benefits Consultant

Nick Hendricks


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