Unfortunately, rejection from your boss will happen in your career at some point. It’s important to know how to handle this rejection and channel it properly to make it a positive and learn from it. Here are some tips on how you can do that.
Ask What Would Get Them to Change Their Mind
Just because they initially turned the idea down doesn’t mean you have to throw out the idea completely. Something about the idea might have turned them off, but that doesn’t mean the idea at its core can’t be good and worth pursuing. So instead of moving on to the next idea, ask your boss if there was any part in particular they didn’t agree with. Or just ask them straight up what would get them to say yes. You might find that it’s not a new idea completely but just a small tweak that they want made.
Ask If Timing Is the Issue
It’s possible that your boss is in love with the idea, but the timing is off. Perhaps there is too much other stuff going on and your idea isn’t a main priority. Sure, this may hurt your feelings when you think that there are more important things going on, but this is simply reality. Instead of getting upset and pleading that they fit this in, ask when a better time would be to discuss and implement the idea. By trying to force the idea on them, you may cause them to shut you down all together. Ask when a better time would be and listen to their response. It will be a good indication whether they are into the idea or not.
Ask What Else You Should Make a Priority
Once you’re rejected, you may feel let-down and do nothing. However, it’s important not to get hung up on it too much. To do this you have to keep it moving, so ask your boss what the priorities are now that you should be working on. After all, if you make it through these other priorities and do a good job, it may create room for your big idea.
It’s important to realize the rejection of an idea isn’t the end all, be all. It’s possible other things are just in the way. Your boss may like the idea as a whole, but would just like some minor tweets made. Either way, everyone will face this type of situation over the course of their career. It’s important to know how to handle it properly and turn it into a positive.