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Have you ever had a boss who comes back from every conference with two bushels of new ideas for you to start working on right now?

  • “Hey, let’s change our process…”
  • “I have a new top priority project for you.”
  • “I need you to start….”

It’s a gritted-teeth smile you give him or her because you already have a full day/week/month. It’s not that your boss has bad ideas; it’s that you’re busy and you can’t get to the gee-whiz stuff without making a mess of what you’re working on.

I used to be that boss. I’m trying hard not to be that boss anymore. It comes down to how I process the conference’s insights and share them with the rest of the BFO team.

When I hit a session at a conference, I’m trying to close gaps or find tips and tricks to make life or business easier. Rarely do I attend a conference, webinar or other event and come away with a just one big earth-shattering idea. Instead, I walk away with a notebook chock-full of scribbles and ideas that I want to share with a team member of two to move the needle in a specific area.

The old me used to want to share every idea as soon as I picked it up. A good session would trigger me to fire off notes that would tie up slack channels and fill inboxes. Every time I thought I had something amazing, I let loose. I thought I was creating gee whiz, but the only whiz I was creating was a whizzed off team.

When I got back to the office, I couldn’t get my ideas implemented. Heck, I couldn’t even get them any daylight. I put myself in their shoes. That’s when I realized I was the problem. Folks come in every day to bust hump, do great things and keep clients smiling. Then here I come with a notebook full of distractions. Holy smokes, what I saw as inspired genius (in the truest Wile E. Coyote sense) was, to them, nothing more than a series of distractions!

Now, I operate differently. I still take the same notes. I still circle and star ideas. But, I let those ideas sit for a few days, for a week, or for even longer before I even think about sharing nearly all of them.

When I look again at my notebooks. I sort those stars into the great, the bad, and the what-the-hell-does-that-even-mean categories. I cull and do more analysis. I rewrite each great idea in my own words and consider how to apply it at BFO in a tangible way.

It takes some time to turn ideas into initiatives. Once you have given yourself that time, tick down your list of initiatives and ask yourself these questions:

  1. How big an effect will it have on my business?
  2. How long will it take?
  3. How much will it cost?

When you have answers for each initiative, share them with a person you trust to give you feedback and help complete due diligence on the one or two highest-value initiatives.

January 21, 2018 at 08:00PM
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