Posted on July 10, 2011 by Dan Sweet
An anecdote I heard over lunch one day went something like this:
General Manager College Curriculum
Day 1 – Make it Bigger!
Day 2 – Make it Faster!
Day 3 - Everything that goes wrong was your predecessor’s fault.
The challenge this creates is, how can you put forth what looks like a great effort, yet still has some upside you can keep in your back pocket for the inevitable follow-up questions re: bigger and faster? In a perfect world I think you “write-up” 90% of your idea and keep the final 10% to share when discussing the idea/proposal in person. Get the manager to think they came up with the last 10% and everyone wins. They got to contribute and improve the idea, you get to go execute on your plan. Call me cynical if you want, I prefer effective.