Let’s imagine that you just settled in the new position. Maybe just two or three weeks passed, and as I did few years back, you found out that everything is going so slow in your perception. New ideas are easily shrugged off by the management. You may think and feel that the company is about everything but disruption, exploration of new possibilities and pushing for the rapid progress. It may, but not necessarily.
We need to set something straight right off the bat: In successful, well managed companies (as I assume you would apply for) you will be surrounded with a bunch of clever people. In here we all are young, dynamic, brilliant, even slightly agitated and for sure impatient. But as well as we are those things, we also are inexperienced and not in the know of the constraints behind the scenes. So, I would suggest not to act like inexperienced, arrogant dickheads and focus on adding real value.
Remember that you are there to actually help. And you will be given real MONEY for doing that! Really!
I know that somewhere there sits this urge to get your ideas first, to shine and exceed expectations. I am well aware of that, and how powerful can it sometimes be. But you’ve been asked to get certain tasks done in some amount of time and of certain quality. Get those basics done, and get them done good. That is your first and measurable added value. Only then you can proceed for “the extra mile”.
The stuff you are asked to do can be tiresome, but reality is – that’s the part you signed into. And to be even more real – that’s the part no one else wanted to do, so they can exercise their cleverness. That’s why they asked you to do it. For MONEY. And by the way, in real life, 9 of 10 times this is how you will get recognized faster, by being of help that they asked for.
How to go about putting your ideas to work in corporate setting?
Have you finished the task you were given and still some time? Are you sure of the quality? Great, now you can work on getting in the know of the circumstances and why your ideas cannot be taken into sufficient consideration. Most times of all, the constraint will be cost. The bigger the company the bigger the cost of change will be. If you can minimize the costs on the conceptual level, or override them with safe returns your idea will get that more recognition.
For instance: There are a lot of minor inefficiencies in corporate setting and in bulk they always add up point when smaller, more agile and cost effective companies can compete with the market Goliath. That’s true in principle. So you can go about and bulk up yourself those minor inefficiencies with propositions how to solve them. Either you will get your way or not you just added value of sheer knowledge of those and hence proven your analytical skills.
The ideas you put out have to be cost effective to a degree where it’s hard to justify some brilliant changes because of how long the return on investment would take. So when you attack a part of status quo have in mind “the good enough rule”. If it’s good enough, and better option costs more – guess which option will prevail (and that’s how companies lose their efficiency in bulk).