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Gracious reader,

Maybe you want to add another member to your team.  Or launch a new product.  Or propose to work remotely -- or ask for a raise.

You can try telling your boss what you "want."

To paraphrase a boomer-era bard, you don't always get what you want.   When you try sometimes, with a solid business case, you just might find you get what you need.

How do you make your case?
Case Dancing
  • The HBR Guide to Building Your Business Case, by Raymond Sheen with Amy Gallo (library) is solid.  It hits the high points for what goes into a good business case.  It really shines on getting buy-in:  identifying your stakeholders; getting feedback as you develop our case; and so forth. 

    Not-for-profit employees, this book's lessons hold true in your organizations, too.  When you want to do something new -- and you need someone else's resources -- you're making a case. 

    Managers, this would be a great book to read with your team, augmenting your discussion with real-life examples of business case presentations that have met with success in your organization.
Don't Read the Comments
  • If you have 3+ minutes, check out the Wily Manager's video, 7 Steps to Writing a Business Case.  The Wily Manager is two guys named Jed and Bob who do consulting work.  I don't know them, so can only vouch for their 3 minute video.
  • Stephanie Periera's Storytelling Basics: How Creatives and Brands Can Build a Following is ostensibly about launching a Kickstarter project.  The information about building support for your idea is key, though, no matter what you're proposing.
  • And I mean it, the comments on the Wily Manager's You Tube and Stephanie's Skillshare are filled with naive and/or poorly informed advice.  Don't check it, and you won't wreck it.
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