Fortune

MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: How do you get buy in for a new idea? is written by Mary Godwin, VP of operations at Qumulo.

There it is — in the manila folder sitting at the corner of your desk — that idea that came to you in the shower on how to make everyone at your company more efficient. Since the original epiphany, you’ve put the numbers together and the graphs that make the benefits of your program crystal clear. The folder is almost quivering with possibilities.

But now comes the point where you will either grow your trembling, sapling of an idea into the crowd-cheering miracle you believe it to be, or have it crushed into toothpicks by the bulldozer of cynics, naysayers and change haters who may be…

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