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Much has been written about leadership and team building, but there are still major gaps in thinking and research about how to engage senior stakeholders in support of an organisation’s projects. The central role of stakeholders in the successful delivery of organisational strategy is becoming increasingly recognised, as is the importance of developing a sponsor culture to support more collaborative practices within the organisation. Building, and managing, relationships with senior (upwards) stakeholders is essential for success.
Find out more from Lynda Bourne, author of the forthcoming Gower title; Advising Upwards, A Framework for Understanding and Engaging Senior Management Stakeholders who will be speaking at the following conferences this year:
The Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting http://annualmeeting.aomonline.org/2011/ San Antonio,Texas,USA. August 2011 part of:
Stakeholder Engagement is ‘free’! The Zero Cost of Stakeholder Relationship Management
PMO Symposium : http://pmosymposium.org/Loews Royal Pacific Resort,Orlando,Florida. November 2011
Lynda regularly bloggs at http://stakeholdermanagement.wordpress.com/
The Relationship Awareness Conference 2011 is an opportunity for SDI practitioners to interact and share ways they are using Relationship Awareness Theory to make a positive impact on people’s lives. Conference topics allow attendees to learn how to be more effective in their delivery of Relationship Awareness concepts
On Friday September 30, Gower Author Donnie MacNicol, Team Animation Ltd (Bio) will be speaking along with Steve Hastie, Vice President of Professional Services, NDS Americas (Bio) on Development of Global Soft Skills for Project Managers Using the SDI at the 8am breakout session. Outline of session:
This interactive session will describe the design and delivery of a global soft skills development programme for project management professionals for NDS, a market leader for digital pay-TV solutions. The second part of the session will focus on this work and its broader application in the emerging discipline of Organisational Project Management which is being done in collaboration with a leading Business School in London. This presentation will be appropriate for any level facilitators.
Weak people who are a waste of space in business! Rape cases that are not so bad, and rape cases that are not so good! Elderly disabled people in Birmingham on the receiving end of threatened budget cuts to the (totally essential) care that they receive. Women even being told they shouldn’t wear mini skirts after 35, or bikinis after 47, or high heels after 51. (Ageist, eh? I wonder what Joan Collins would say to that?). Housemaids in the Middle East being treated like slaves (really very nasty indeed).
I don’t think that you should cherry pick your prejudices. You can’t pick on the weakest. You can’t reserve your Duty of Care remedies for some and not for the others, or create special cases. If you do you will inevitably get into difficulties. You need joined up thinking. Repeat, you need joined up thinking. Otherwise you will get Equality Risk. You will lose hard-earned reputation (as in the case of the Toronto Police or Birmingham City Council). You will get into trouble with all sorts of people and the media, or you will have to eat your words (Ken Clarke MP please note).
The lawyers, who are paid to know exactly what they are doing, will always cost you lots of money.
All of the topics above are current scenario’s being reported in the media and Tony Morden has covered such cases in his book A Short Guide to Equality Risk. In it, Tony analyses components of an Equality, Diversity, and Discrimination (EDD) Agenda: equality, diversity, opportunity, and discrimination to assist you in protecting yourself and your organization from this politically sensitive, and high risk subject.
To stimulate thought and debate around leadership, the authors of ‘MisLeadership‘ (due January 2011) have created a blog. Using news subjects like the BP Oil Leak, Thoughts of The Pope, Commonwealth Games, Bishop Desmond Tutu and most recently: The Chilian Miners to discuss the leadership decisions in each case and provoke debate. Here is a snippet from the Chilian Miners entry
“Initial statements as to the likely rescue date ‘not until Christmas’ must have been a hard blow for those trapped but became part of the initial situation and thus built into the scenario their mental and spiritual elements recognised as having to be faced. ..constantly improving food, drink and communication chains, the predicted rescue date has been slowly brought forward, providing a constant boost to morale. Imagine if this had been handled the other way round, with rescue initially promised within a week, then gradually pushed back. Confidence would have been shattered and the miners and their families would have started to fear that they would never get out. ..they have used extremely good psychology and exhibited spiritual strength by maintaining a rational, long-term view with safety, security and risk minimisation their foremost priorities. ..This rescue mission has been a first-rate illustration of Global Leadership.”
The world of new media has thrown up almost as many threats as opportunities and nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of communication. Marc Wright (Handbook of Internal Communication) provides a fascinating perspective (on the Simply Communicate website) on how employees in large organizations are establishing their own low-cost websites to communicate about their companies and the risks that these pirate attacks represent for your corporate communications. Fortunately, he also provides some very practical advice on what to do.
The latest blog to be added to this site (in author blogs above) is Simply Communicate where you will find tips on how to read body language at work, structuring your conference presentation etc. One recent blog by author Marc Wright (Handbook of Internal Communication) discusses why iPad find favour with the over 50s.