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Getting your boss on board with ‘the best idea ever’

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by Kim Bassett, President and CEO, Steward Norwood Hospital, Massachusetts

We’ve all been there. That moment when you present your boss with the best idea ever and their response is not what you imagined. You can see your amazing idea crashing and burning right before your eyes, stamped out before it even got off the ground. At this juncture you must make an important decision. To let “no” mean “no” or to retreat and re-evaluate your next move.

I’m a strong believer that when you want something bad enough, you should not give up at the first road block. When someone tells me no, I simply think to myself, “I must not have explained myself well enough.” I retreat, revise my game plan, and relaunch my idea.

How to get to yes:

  • Listen to your employer’s needs. Although making your pitch is important, listening to your employer’s response during the pitch is important. Understanding issues and needs your...(register to read more)

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