Quite frankly, ideas are a dime a dozen; even good ideas. It’s in the EXECUTION that most ideas succeed or fail. And odds are that if you are far along enough in life to be making a pitch to your boss, you’ve got good ideas. The real question is “Do you have what it takes to make your idea happen?”.
Thus the three ideas your boss will be asking at some level of awareness:
- “How much does this person believe in this idea?”
- “How confident are they when speaking?”
- “How determined are they to make this work?”
“To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.” – Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
“Most leaders would agree that they’d be better off having an average strategy with superb execution than a superb strategy with poor execution.” – Stephen Covey, 1932-2012
“Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.” – Anonymous
I’m indebted to Daniel Coyle, “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups (p. 14) for these three questions.
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier