Make Your Business Growth Ideas Work For You, Not Against You – March is “International Ideas Month”

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Every company and organization has ideas of what should work for them Â? what should work to become a recognized leader in their industry, what should work to grow their company, and what should work to increase their profits. Unfortunately, these ideas donÂ?t always work the way business leaders plan.

Every company and organization has ideas of what should work for them – what should work to become a recognized leader in their industry, what should work to grow their company, and what should work to increase their profits. Unfortunately, these ideas don’t always work the way business leaders plan.

Because March is “International Ideas Month,” now is the perfect time to examine the ideas you have that should work for your company and turn them into ideas that will work. So how can your company go from having ideas that should work to ideas that will work?

Author and business performance expert Pamela S. Harper advises, “To accelerate progress toward a company’s key objectives, leaders must consistently encourage and reward people for generating new ideas. However, if leaders implement these ideas while overlooking or underestimating important parts of their organization’s reality, even the best ideas and plans can become snarled in strategic gridlock – the persistent organizational problems that pile up and grind progress to a halt. To prevent this from happening, leaders need to learn how to balance ideas and plans that should work with those that will work in their unique organization.”

In her book, Preventing Strategic Gridlock®: Leading Over, Under & Around Organizational Jams to Achieve High Performance Results (Cameo Publications, $19.95, ISBN 0-9715739-4-8), Harper shows business leaders how to avoid the hidden roadblocks that could snarl their ideas in strategic gridlock. As Harper explains, business leaders can prevent strategic gridlock when they fully consider all six of the guidelines and principles of organizational reality, which are represented by the acronym U.N.L.O.C.K.®. That is, business leaders need to Understand the full challenge, Negotiate buy-in of key stakeholders, Locate cultural advancers and blockers, Organize relevant goals, priorities, and action plans, Communicate credibly, and Keep adjusting.

Without constant and new ideas, progress and people stagnate. So during March and throughout the rest of the year, take the steps to understand your organization’s reality and avoid strategic gridlock, and turn your ideas into working solutions and results.

Pamela S. Harper helps business leaders transform their strategies into high performance results by identifying seven roadblocks that stall success and the keys to unlock them. Founder and President of Business Advancement, Inc., Pam bases her in-depth knowledge of the impact of organizational issues on her twenty years of internal and external consulting to leaders of entrepreneurial, middle market, and Fortune 500 companies.

For more information or a review copy of Preventing Strategic Gridlock®: Leading Over, Under & Around Organizational Jams to Achieve High Performance Results, please call 866-372-2636 or send an email to Amy@cameopublications.com.

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