Got an idea for a fantastic project? Before pitching it to your boss, research how the assignment will help your department and tie into lofty company goals, Angeline Evans writes. Ease your boss' worries that the assignment will make you less effective in your core duties by presenting a well thought out plan, but don't get discouraged if you eventually get shot down. "External factors, such as timing, budget constraints, or lack of board approval, might have been working against you," Evans writes.

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