Are you responsible for leading change or projects in your organization or within your team? If so, I would like to share one critical factor amongst others that could help you ensure successful outcomes.
That critical success factor is early collaboration and engagement of stakeholders.
I have been involved in a few projects where there was a big push back on involving stakeholders early in the process for fear that it would derail the project with additional requirements or questions or multiple meetings. Only to get to the testing or business sign-off phase, and we uncover critical issues that ultimately delayed or prevented the final roll-out of the change.
Early collaboration and engagement requires the prompt involvement of key stakeholders. These are the representatives of the end-user or customer groups who will be recipients of the process or project.
How early is ‘early’? This could be in the requirements or design phase before the solution is locked down and signed-off.
While it is a good idea to involve the stakeholders, it is also a learned skill to manage the process so as to ensure it is not out of control and delays the project. Some of the change leadership skills required to help you do this include; managing multiple stakeholder groups, building trust, communication, and teamwork.
Leading change is a learned skill that is available to all, and required by all in today’s fast-paced business environment.
Yvonne is a Change Strategist, Catalyst and Advocate who is passionate about working with professionals and organisations to help them successfully lead and transition through change. You can learn more about Yvonne at: www.yvonnerukeakpoveta.com and connect with her on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.