I had a new client send me a wish list the other day--detailing several areas in their business that they’d like to improve. But how do you get there from here? How you design and architect a tech environment is key to enable future growth. And that’s super important. If you start right you end right. The first step is to understand the requirements.
I had a couple of interesting conversations yesterday. The first was a discussion with a client regarding their Internet. They’re up for a renewal and wanted to understand what their current Internet usage is. Not a problem. I quickly pulled up their Internet usage stats across there both of their Internet providers and provided a couple of graphs illustrating monthly and yearly usage on their lines.
Have you ever met an Idea Piggy?
You know, it's that person in your office that whenever you share an idea with them they just have to add one detail so that it's their idea?
It's a slight form of idea stealing…
Or, taking the credit.
Or, saying I'm smarter than you.
Or, by adding my two cents to your idea it's now a better idea.
But really, They’re just turning an idea into a my-dea
Yep, I just wrote my-dea.
While this behavior is undoubtedly not good for interpersonal relationships and company culture it still very much exists in today's business world.
So how do you live with people that are idea piggies?
To be fair - ideas given by an idea piggy can be good.
At the same time they can also be not so good.
Just a disclaimer.
Ideas are wonderful things. Never stop gathering great ideas. Some people are great sources of ideas.
What we’re trying to do is find a way to minimize the frustration of working with an Idea Piggy.
With that said, here are some ideas for dealing with the Idea Piggy in your life.
One - The easiest option at the end of the day is really to just fix you.
Honestly, just stop opening your mouth and blabbing out ideas all over the office.
If you just develop some emotional intelligence you'll be that much further towards eliminating Idea Piggy's from piggy-backing onto your brilliant ideas.
Two - Know when you need feedback.
Use your friends and people you trust as sounding boards to bounce ideas off of.
Don't share an idea with the Idea Piggy unless you really need to.
Three - If you need to talk to the idea piggy about your idea qualify the conversation.
Meaning, let the person know that you're looking for some feedback so that you can make the best possible decision.
Then, when they’re done speaking, thank them for their input and remove yourself from the conversation gracefully.
If you’re a more direct or transparent person then you you have one more option and that is to let the person know about their behavior.
Let them know what they’re doing.
For example. You could say the following - Every time I share an idea with you it feels like you’re trying to one up it. Can we talk about this?
At the end of the day there's really two main approaches to dealing with idea piggies.
One is to confront the piggy and get it out in the open.
Then going forward, stop them when they're doing it.
Or option two. Only talk to the Idea Piggy when you need then and then when you do qualify the conversation and own the decision.
That's all the wisdom I have for now.
I've always been a big fan of the saying that - If you start right you end right.
But there's one big gotcha with this line of thinking.
And that is - that you have to start right.
So how do you do that?
How do you start right?
I would say it boils down to 3 things.
1. Don't assume anything.
2. Know the why behind the task and
3. Listen, really listen.
While these 3 ingredients of starting right may sound simple, they really require a sense of self awareness to be executed at their full potential.
Self awareness is a whole topic unto itself so let’s not drown in that right now.
So to take 3 things down to 1
I'd say that to start right you need understanding.
And that takes some effort.
And then if you have understanding.
Well, then, you can start right.
Sure, more often than not, you may not be able to see the end goal.
And that’s okay.
Even in those situations, you can still execute with understanding.
Starting right takes practice.
It takes patience.
And it makes crossing the finish line feel that much better.
Start right = End right