You can earn credibility and make a positive contribution to your company by generating viable ideas. Gain a reputation around the company of being an idea person—the one people come to when they need a better,faster, easier, or cheaper way of doing things. Resist the urge to sit back and play it safe by letting others supply the ideas. Speak up if you think your idea will save time and money or if it will make for more proficient performance.
Take stock of your own duties. Is there a more efficient way to do a task? Can you revise routine forms? Is there a way to streamline procedures? Focus on improvement.
Before incorporating changes on your own, it is wise to double-check with higher-ups. There may be specific reasons why certain procedures must be followed.
Listen to the suggestions made in brainstorming sessions to see if you can build on someone else’s idea. Share ideas and information with your team members. Cooperate with them and support them. Learning new things from coworkers will broaden your knowledge base. Get as much information as possible; the better you understand policies and procedures, the easier it is to strategize.
Be creative and constructive so as to make a true contribution. When you come up with a new idea, give an example of how to implement it and why it should be considered.
If your idea is rejected, do not be discouraged. Find out why it was not feasible. Sometimes there may be a perception problem; sometimes there are underlying reasons why it will not work.
Continue to contribute ideas for the future. When you continue to see possibilities where there are barriers, it expands your creative mind.
To energize your creativity and continue generating ideas, increase your knowledge. Read, attend seminars and trade shows, become actively involved in brainstorming sessions, and continually challenge yourself. Focus on new and better ways of doing things.
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