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The Right Time to Implement an Idea?

October 15, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 66

On several occasions I have noticed that an idea that was rejected years earlier is readily accepted today. It prompted me to think "If we had only implemented it before we would have been ahead of the curve." In this article we will look at a couple of criteria that influence an idea's success and how can we determine the right time to push to implement it.

Factors influencing the success of an idea The success of an idea depends on two criteria:

  1. It has to be good.
  2. The environment has to be right for it to thrive.

In the long run, good ideas stand the test of time. But it is difficult to predict if an idea will survive in the long run. Even if it is good, there is no guarantee that it will be accepted. There are a litany of cases where good ideas were rejected due to prevailing norms only to resurface and thrive when the environment was more conducive to their implementation. Conversely, several ideas were considered good initially failed miserably. So the challenge is to figure out if and when the two criteria are met.

The right time to push an idea It is difficult to determine the right time to push an idea. But there a few things that can help with the determination:

Determining if an idea is good How does one know if an idea is good at the outset? Well, we don't. It has to be tested first which can be accomplished in a number of ways.

  • First, truthfully answer the following question, "Am I passionate about my idea?" If you do not believe in it, no one else will.
  • Research if others have had the same idea. If it is backed by research is a good indicator of it's validity.
  • Pitch the idea to peers and superiors to gauge how it will be received. Be very selective about the feedback population. Based on prior receptiveness classify peers/superiors into optimists, pessimists or fence sitters. A balanced mix of the three is the best feedback population. An unbalanced mix can result in a premature push or abandonment.
  • Before ideas become revolutionary, they are evolutionary. It is like a product or service which evolves over time and needs continual vetting. Based on the feedback, don't be afraid to tweak ideas.
  • If multiple people agree but think it will not work because of some reason or another, take heart. That is a sign that you are on the right track. It's just that the environment is not yet favorable.

Determine if the environment is favorable The question is how do you determine the the business environment is right for an idea. The key is to be prepared.

  • Think implementation. What would it take to implement an idea? Define the circumstances in which it will thrive.
  • If there is a list of ideas, keep that list handy. When the environment is favourable, push the idea.
  • Strategize. Draw a realistic roadmap and try influence the environment given the right opportunity.

Conclusion Many good ideas never see the light of day because they are prematurely abandoned. Many bad ideas are implemented only to fail in a few years. For an idea to be successful it must meet the following two criteria:

  1. The idea has to be good.
  2. A favorable environment must exist for the idea to thrive.

Though the success or failures of ideas takes a long time, it is possible to determine if an idea is good or if the timing for implementing a good idea is right. The key is to be vigilant and to be ready.

Pankaj Sharma Project Manager

Source: EzineArticles
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