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Test people’s fervor for their own ideas

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Do people pitch ideas to you that they think they want you to hear? Or do they present ideas they really want to put into practice?

Here’s how to determine the true level of commitment to the ideas you hear:
  • Ask for a plan. What’s the first thing the idea-pitcher will do to act on the idea? The second? The third? If people are truly wedded to an idea, their enthusiasm will carry them from step to step. If not, they’ll fizzle after two or three.
  • Ask for a future in-depth briefing. Can the idea-pitcher give you a report or a proposal in a week, or in a few days? If not, real commitment is missing, and the idea will quickly die.

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