Friday, December 14, 2007

Putting Good Ideas in Place

Leadership comes down to a simple issue: Are you able to take ideas and translate them into action? As a leader, you will be judged on whether you could put good ideas into action. In Get Them on Your Side, Samuel B. Bacharach writes about the political processes and political skills necessary to put good ideas in place.

Model for Putting Good Ideas in Place
Bacharach illustrates the following political competence model for putting good ideas in place.

Putting good ideas in place involves three things:

  1. Map the terrain. Anticipate the reaction of others, identify allies and resistors, analyze their goals, and understand their agendas.
  2. Get allies and resistors on your side. Establish your credibility, justify your action, and get their support.
  3. Make things happen. Get the buy-in, put your ideas in place, and lead the coalition.

Key Take Aways
Here's my key take aways:

  • Good ideas aren't enough. You need support to make them happen.
  • Knowing how the system works is a key to getting results.
  • There's a synergy in this system for results -- the sum is greater than the parts.

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