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Getting buy-in to get things done | nicole@web

๐ŸŒˆ Abstract

The article discusses strategies for getting buy-in from people when leading initiatives or proposing changes, particularly in a leadership or engineering role. It covers how to identify signs of buy-in, and provides several strategies for building buy-in, including:

  • Explaining the problem and listening to stakeholders
  • Explaining the "why" behind the initiative
  • Helping clarify trade-offs
  • Developing concrete plans together
  • Building trust over time

๐Ÿ™‹ Q&A

[01] Identifying Signs of Buy-In

1. What are some signals that you might have buy-in from the people you need to work with?

  • People are making suggestions on how to improve the plan, even if they initially disagree
  • People are giving up or deprioritizing something else as part of agreeing to the initiative
  • People have a concrete, detailed plan for how to make the initiative happen
  • People push back on parts of the plan, rather than just agreeing without any skepticism

[02] Strategies for Building Buy-In

1. What are some strategies the author recommends for building buy-in?

  • Explain the problem and listen to stakeholders to understand their perspectives
  • Explain the "why" behind the initiative and the impact it can have
  • Help clarify the trade-offs involved, to make it easier for people to commit
  • Work together to develop concrete plans for how the initiative will be executed
  • Focus on building trust over time through transparency, owning mistakes, and informal interactions
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