You’re on your job, and you have an idea that you want to present to your boss. You worked through it in detail, and you thought out your presentation thoroughly. Your excitement is at the top when you finally decide to present your boss with your new idea. However, your boss is not impressed. Not only that, but your idea is turned down. You feel angry, but you don’t want to have a fit in front of your boss. You even contemplate crying, but that would also be inappropriate. You feel like your career is going nowhere fast, but it doesn’t need to be the case. We give you 3 examples of possible reactions that will make you look like a professional and might even boost your career.
1. What do you think should be done to improve this idea?
If your idea gets turned down, it doesn’t mean that all of it can’t be applied. Maybe you just need to tweak it a little bit, fix some bits and pieces and it could be completely functional. This way you are not overreacting, you have a positive attitude, and you’re willing to hear your boss’s opinion. You don’t back down when it comes to your decisions, but you’re not too stubborn. You’re willing to talk about it and see if there’s something you can improve, you’re open to learning more.
2. I’ll try to think of something else.
You are not a quitter. If your idea was about solving a specific problem, and your boss dislikes it, it doesn’t mean game over. You understand that your boss may dislike this one, but you’re sure that you can offer another solution that will be better. You are confident about your skills and you know that you can think of a more pleasing solution.
You are willing to put in that extra work rather than just quit.
That attitude will catch your boss’s eye for sure, and it may boost your career in the future. Every boss likes a persistent worker that isn’t afraid to work as much as it takes.
3. Thank you for your time and feedback.
Sometimes, regardless of your efforts, your boss just gives you a definite no. Sulking would be the worst thing to do.
Show your boss that you are professional and that you value the feedback you just got.
Take every criticism as an opportunity to learn something new and grow out of it. If your boss elaborated why your idea can’t be taken into consideration, you’ll know better the next time. Your positive attitude even if you got completely shut down will definitely be something that will impress your boss. With that being said, if your boss remembers you as such, it can only help boost your career.
Presenting your idea to your boss isn’t that easy-peasy, and getting turned down is definitely a blow that many people take personally. It can affect your confidence and overall attitude toward your job. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. Follow one of these three guidelines, and your boss will notice it for sure. Regardless of anything, keep your attitude positive and your confidence high. One bad idea doesn’t mean you’re incompetent. It means you’re trying.