Get Permission to Innovate

Know who to seek out and who to NOT threaten with your ideas.

You can get stomped very hard by the “permission givers” when you don’t have their support initially before going into the new arena yet.

I said, “yet.” You might get permission one day. Just not today.

It is okay to hold out hope that one day you will get permission to act. There are several instances where you can get permission to act:

• The environment or attitude can change to support your reinvention. I have been told that we don’t bring in consultants, then the economy turned in a different direction and I worked several times with many clients who had refused me before.

• The leadership can change, retire or retreat and you will have permission to act. I have not worked with some organizations until the leader who halted the process retired or was fired.

• You can change (your ideas will mature) and people will accept the new versions better than the old ones. I tried the term “Resilience” for several months at the outset of the recession. No one ever hired me to present on that, but “Reinvention” caught on within weeks of the usage of the term – and still has resonance today.

Don’t assume that you will have permission. Just act on the lack of it now and either shift your thinking or action plan. The one you have isn’t working and only a fool would venture out into a reinvention without permission in some form or fashion.

You might hear, “There is a way we do things around here…”   Good.  Learn it.

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