Keeping Stakeholders in the Loop
I know that in nearly everything that I do there is a number of other people that are part of the activity. Commonly know as stakeholders, these people play an important role in what I do. Whether we are talking about business associates, clients or friends, I find communication is very important when dealing with stakeholders.
How you been in the situation where you are progressing with a project, just to find that the key stakeholders had a different view of the project? I know I have. I know that in the world we live in, there is more and more communication online and not as much face to face. This has caused unique challenges for me. For example in my Army Reserve Unit, I am the only sub unit commander that is not located in Sydney (where our higher headquarters are).
So what can we do to keep stakeholders in the loop? Some of the things that I do are:
- Regular meetings or phone discussions with my boss and his key staff
- Regular communication with my staff through email and face to face
- Before an important meeting touching base with the attendees to discuss the items on the agenda and other key issues
- Having regular updates on projects sent out to the project team
- Having an agenda sent out prior to a meeting and also have minutes sent out afterwards
Doing these things and others, I have found prevents unpleasant surprises, while also ensuring that the stakeholders are aligned.
- So what situations do you have that make it difficult to keep stakeholders in the loop?
- Who are the key stakeholders in this activity?
- How do you work to keep the stakeholders in the loop?
Posted on Sunday, 29 Jun 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged Business, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Life, Management, Meetings, Project, Stakeholders, Work. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Keeping Stakeholders in the Loop.