Management Tip of the Day: Building bridges at work

Wed Mar 9, 2011 9:34am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Collaborating with colleagues for feedback on ideas is more likely to garner support than forcing your own agenda, says Harvard Business Review.

The Harvard Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and (http:\\ Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"When your good idea meets resistance, you may be tempted to push your agenda harder, convinced you can enlighten your ignorant audience.

But, telling everyone you have the perfect answer rarely makes believers out of them. Don't despair. Instead, ask people to participate in shaping your idea, rather than expecting their unconditional buy in.

Connect with them on their terms. Tell them what your vision is and then invite them to critique and add to it. You'll need to be open to other solutions and let go of your certainty that you've got it right.

Chances are it will become a better idea and you'll have more people on board to help you make it a reality."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "The Leadership Learning Moment That Wasn't" by Linda Hill & Kent Lineback.

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