My recap of the 3/1/2017 #Bufferchat hosted by @buffer. Join the conversation every Wednesday at 12pm EST.
Q1: If you’re up for sharing, what is a big risk you’ve taken in your life that ended up working out well?
- Getting married and having children
Q2: What was the last time you tried an experiment, or followed through with a new idea, at work?
- Being a Community Manager – every day is something new and full of experiments (& new relationships)
- A risk that paid dividends is handing community keys over to my members; asking for and counting on their help
Q3: What’s your process for starting an experiment (or anything new) at work? What steps do you take?
- Plan / brainstorm – make my case – get buy in – execute – measure – correct as needed
- Ensue it aligns with company goals
- Gather great brains to brainstorm
Q4: How do you know if it’s worth taking a risk at work or in life?
- What does your inner voice tell you
Q5: When you have new ideas, what’s your advice for getting more support from managers/leadership?
- Prove with data how is moves the company forward
- Prove how your idea will make your boss / department look good
- Ask for their opinion or strategy advice
Q6: What do you do if your ideas/experiments aren’t successful?
- Don’t whine or pout – understand why it did not fit into the strategy
- Ask if now is not the time, when would be the time
- Understand how your idea can be improved then make your case again
- DO NOT take it personally
Q7: What has been your biggest learning about risk-taking? Any tips to share?
- There is no reward or sense of personal fulfillment without risk – plan and go for it
Thanks for reading – I look forward to you comments and hope to see you at the next #bufferchat.