It’s Not About What The HIPPO Thinks

It’s Not About What The HIPPO Thinks

What’s up guys, it’s Matt the Intern.

My boss explained this concept to me:  HIPPO (Highest paid person’s opinion).
The saying is, “It’s not about what the HIPPO thinks”.  This means that if you’re in control of a project you can’t always make the decisions that are based on what you ‘think’ but instead, take other people’s opinions into account.

Today I learned an important lesson on how people function differently. We’ve all heard someone say, “Everybody’s different.”  I never fully understood how important this idea is until today.

Everyone uses the web differently. I was with my boss earlier and I  brought up the idea that we should have more informational videos instead of articles on the website. When I brought the idea up to the rest of the team, they all had different opinions. No one felt the same way that I did. Some of them would rather:

– Skim the information on the website.
– Make phone calls to the company asking specific details on what they’re looking for.
– Contact the company through a web messaging system (if there is one).
– Click on links that lead to related sites.

My boss explained this concept to me:  HIPPO (Highest paid person’s opinion).
The saying is, “It’s not about what the HIPPO thinks”.  This means that if you’re in control of a project you can’t always make the decisions that are based on what you ‘think’ but instead, take other people’s opinions into account.

Basically, the way the HIPPO or CEO views the project is not necessarily the way that the customer sees it; you cannot be narrow-minded when it comes to making an important decision. This is mandatory for further  growth and success in a company.

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