Ok, so you've decided. You've read the Thinking Faster blog and been motivated to become more productive. You've decided now is the time to get started and you've even begun to evaluate and measure the existing process that causes you pain (creating a baseline). This is when it gets a little tougher.
We all don't live on islands where we get to do whatever we want to. We, mostly, work in firms that have bureaucracies and organizational structures and cultures that like to remain the same. They follow Newton's laws, especially the ones about entropy and remaining at rest. They will resist change. But without change, we'll continue doing things the same way, expecting different results, which is what Einstein defined as insanity.
No, it takes courage to stand up and say, "We could do this more efficiently" or "Let's examine how we would benefit if we made this change". But that often puts the cart before the horse. Many of the successful people I've worked with implemented change without asking, then presented it as a fait accompli once their idea was up and working. Sure, it takes some intestinal fortitude to do that, but often the power of results is much stronger than the argument against change.
I'm not a motivational speaker, but I do believe that anyone in any firm can implement changes to the culture or to business processes. What it takes is a sincere belief that the change needs to happen, the fortitude to go it alone, and either the evidence to prove another method is better or the willingness to take a risk and prove it. But what's the worst that can happen?
1) Your idea fails, and you go back to doing things the old way. If you aren't rewarded for trying something new, maybe you should ask yourself what you are doing there in the first place
2) Your idea never gets adopted, due to fear of change. Ask yourself if this is really the place you want to work
3) Your idea gets adopted, and provides the benefits you expected. Now you are like the dog that caught the car. What do you do now? Will you be happier in your job? Will you have a great impact on the business? Or will you simply get more work since you are now more productive?
Every great change starts with one person and an idea. Changes in your business will happen - will you be leading the change or will it be thrust upon you?