Unless you are CEO, or a member of the C-Suite at the very least, you generally can’t convince your organization to create a new structure, but you can persuade it to perhaps attack a given problem from an unusual angle. (“Hey, boss, can we think about this one differently?”) That you can do, especially if what you follow up with is a way to save the organization money, or operate more efficiently. (More on this in a minute.)
You can complain “I don’t have any leverage; I can’t change the cubicles, I can’t rewrite the reward system. And the answer is “No you can’t; don’t even try.” But simply through your own thinking, and getting other people to think differently as well, you can have enormous impact without changing any of that stuff even if you are not a member of the board.
Michel Dion, PMP, CPA
Founder and Developer of Project-Aria
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