Pitching ideas to stakeholders/leadership - suggestions or advice?

How do you pitch new projects, ideas or promotion-related topics to your stakeholders or leadership?

  • Do you have an idea for process improvement?
  • Or do you want to add a new aspect to your role to grow new skills?

Finding the right time, place and words can be a tricky sometimes, especially if your leadership isn't as open to change or new ideas. 

So, do you have any suggestions that have worked for you when pitching new ideas? OR Are you a leader? How do you feel when people pitch ideas to you? What do you like to see? How do you tell the good ideas from the not-so-good?

Please share with the community below! 

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  • As the business owner, I am thankful when employees pitch ideas to me.  I think it's important to consider that leaders have many reasons why they are doing something one way and will need time and patient from an employee that thinks a different way is better.  I would estimate that about 75% of the ideas pitched to me are from people that don't see the whole picture, and their idea wouldn't work, but it is still helpful to hear a concern, complaint, or idea for improvement.  For the 25% of the time the idea would work, sometimes I don't fully see how the new idea would work well at first, but over time, I begin to understand.   So I would recommend patience for the employee and humility for the leader.

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  • As the business owner, I am thankful when employees pitch ideas to me.  I think it's important to consider that leaders have many reasons why they are doing something one way and will need time and patient from an employee that thinks a different way is better.  I would estimate that about 75% of the ideas pitched to me are from people that don't see the whole picture, and their idea wouldn't work, but it is still helpful to hear a concern, complaint, or idea for improvement.  For the 25% of the time the idea would work, sometimes I don't fully see how the new idea would work well at first, but over time, I begin to understand.   So I would recommend patience for the employee and humility for the leader.

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