We are living through one of the most financially uncertain periods in our generation.
Not only do our projects and programmes need to align with a business strategy, but we are often told to “do more with less” just to deliver on our current programme. But when funding becomes available we find ourselves scrambling to pull together a project at the last minute. These are often when project efficiencies are lost and mistakes are made.
How do we continue to deliver on our commitments and push the envelope in getting ahead of the game – so that when funding becomes available, work can be rolled out quickly and efficiently.
The key to maximising your potential is to access the resources that you have available now. How? One of the most impactful tools we have in abundance is excellent communication, and it is free.
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Is there a problem that key people see but are not responding positively to? Many key people in organisations understand the same issues differently but cannot connect them. This comes from individual perspectives which are different from one another. Assuming others think the same way as us, is our mistake.
Critically though, before we embark on a journey of influence and change, we must identify and understand why we experience undesirable outcomes. Equally critical, we must identify and understand what we want success to look like.
Look beyond yourselves. Who else is, or has been, experiencing frustrations? What can you learn from them? Will you urge each other on to achieve success? The message is stronger when you can collectively articulate a need and connect it to a desirable outcome and work together by taking action to fill the gap. Take the opportunity to proactively iron out the creases in the operation, so that when the projects arrive, project work flow is more efficient and has a reduced burden on resources.
- ghana chloroquine resistance Who are the influencers and the decision makers?
Identify who the key influencers are and who the decision makers are. Get to know these people and understand what their key interests are, what their vision of success looks like and what motivates them. Also get a feel for their relationships with each other.
The influencers and decision makers must get to know that what currently exists is either not acceptable or that something can be let go to make way for something more compelling. To open up channels that maximise an opportunity potential, these people must be aware of where the needs are with a compelling case that aligns with their own purpose and values.
- Who are the adopters and advocates of the message?
For your organisation to be successful in the adoption of a strategic plan, the implementers must have buy in and believe in the cause and understand the importance of their contribution. They must also trust in the leadership and the team for continued support and drive toward the goal. They must also be given the opportunities to contribute in ways that gives new and potential projects an early start by preparing the way for a quick response i.e. flexible strategies and early research.
- How the message is conveyed and received.
If there isn’t an obvious silver bullet, then what about an incremental improvement. If you are concerned that a major change is likely to scare away any move toward improvement, then look at it as a chain of small morsels of incremental improvement that creates a wave or momentum in the right direction. Moving toward change incrementally can be more powerful, will be perceived as less risky and is more palatable. You will experience marginal improvement that over time (and when measured) will prove to be quite significant.
Innovation and improvement are serious contributors for growth and positive change – especially during times of scarcity. Business and organisations find themselves during this time of financial uncertainty being more risk averse than during more affluent periods. Therein lies the paradox. Now is the time to manage risk more closely than ever to maximise the potential for realising innovation and improvement.
Communication in all its modalities, is key to securing an understanding of what we want to move away from, where we want to move toward and why, and what the vehicle is that we will travel on to get us there. Understanding and influencing the players to make this journey happen and for all to move in the same direction, toward positive change and maximising potential demands excellent communication.
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