People will tell us to stick to our guns. When we really believe in something, we shouldn’t back down.
But there are instances when good strategy dictates that we let something go and live to fight another day.
Letting your opinion be known, presenting reasons for why your work team should take a course of action, or advocating for a cause are all noble and warranted. But there might be a lot of people who disagree. Or there are budgetary concerns that make the cost of your idea too steep. Or there are risks involved that others simply don’t want to take. In these cases, we must be willing to accept defeat in order to live and fight another day.
Better prepare your idea for the public. Here are some ways to re-introduce what you’re sure is a stroke of genius without making people groan:
–Tweak it. Listen to the concerns that were voiced. Even if you don’t entirely agree, take them into account. Use those critiques and concerns to refine your idea and make it better.
–Think it through to execution. People will object when they don’t think something is possible. Or when they think the effort isn’t worth the outcome. Take your idea to the next level and come back with thoughts about how it could be executed and why it would be worth the time.
–Volunteer your leadership. Your willingness to step up and take responsibility for whatever you’re proposing shows your conviction. And there are some who simply don’t want to take the fall if things don’t go well. Assuming leadership may be all it takes to turn a “no” into a “yes.”