Sure Fire Way To Get Your Ideas Implemented
Nobody likes ultimatums. "We should implement X and it would speed up Y and save Z." It doesn't matter if your idea is spot on. Your boss will see this as an ultimatum and it will get snubbed.
Here is a sure-fire way to get your ideas implemented without causing any friction between you and your boss.
Step 1 - Define a Specific Problem
Define a very specific problem that you know can be fixed that will make life better. Make sure that the problem is specif and well defined and not some giant solution. For example: Bad: We need an new check out system that increases efficiency. Good: We need to redesign the check out page so it's easier for our customers.
Step 2 - Create 3 Different Solutions
Develop three similar but slightly different solutions to the specific problem identified in step 1. Make sure you write down each solution on a separate sheet of paper.
Step 3 - Ask Your Boss For Help
This is extremely important. Presentation is everything. Walk up to your boss and ask for his/her help. (the word "help" is the key). Something like this:
"Hey boss, I could use your help. I'm trying to fix the customer check out process so it easier for our customers and I can't decide on which one of these approaches is best."
At this point you place all three solutions in front of you boss asking him/her to help decide which one is best.
Chances are you boss will be thrilled that there's a decision he/she needs to make. For example:
Take the top and bottom from solution 2. Take the left side from solution 3. Take the right section from solution 1. That will work great.
Do you really care what solution your boss picks? No, because all three of them were your idea.
I taught this to a room full of junior Marines. I told them it would work so well their boss wouldn't have a clue what they were upt to. When my discussion was over I asked them if they thought it would work. They all agreed it would.
I then asked them if anyone had tried this technique. One Marine stood up and said yes. I asked him who he had done this to and he said, "I did it you you Staff Sergeant and you had no clue."