Companies never tire of telling employees that they value people who are innovative, who can come up with new and better ideas and ways of doing things. But then, you might ask, how is it that many companies have outdated policies and procedures, ways of doing things that have been in place for a long time? And when you ask why, the answer is usually something like, “That’s how we’ve always done it.”

The fact is that change is never easy for anyone, companies included. And so, if you want to introduce change, to bring your company into the 21st century, you have to know how to do it in the right way, so that the change isn’t so intimidating. Here are a few ideas for doing that.

1. Work on the little things first.
If the first thing you recommend is some huge overhaul of the way the company is run – eliminating meetings, for instance – you’re not going to get too far. You need to focus on incremental change first – like how to run meetings better, for example. This makes it easier for people to accept the change, as well as enhancing your reputation as a change agent, so that when you do make a suggestion for a major change, you will have more credibility.

2. Choose the time wisely.
You want to make sure people are in a receptive mood when you bring up your new idea. If you do it when everyone is working on a tight deadline, they are not likely to want to listen.

3. Give evidence and support
If you are going to suggest making a change, possibly a big change, you need to offer evidence that your way is better. Is someone else doing what you suggest and having success with it? Have there been any studies or research to support your idea? The more evidence you can muster for your position, the more likely it will be accepted.

4. Enlist some allies.
You are also more likely to have success if you have some help in pitching your idea. Before you make your pitch, see if you can win over someone with influence inside the company, someone who can support your arguments. You can also enlist coworkers in your effort.

5. Don’t be arrogant.
When you make your pitch, there is no need to belittle or make fun of current practice. You don’t want to come across as someone who thinks he or she has all the answers. Keep your presentation focused on the facts and how your idea will improve things.

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