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Why and how to engage your stakeholders

You have identified your stakeholders, you know the connections between them and you have an idea about their level of support. Now it is time to engage them actively. There are several ways in which you can engage your stakeholders....

This is how to identify stakeholders – part 2

In response to one of my recent articles about identifying your stakeholders, I received an email from fellow coach Laura Neil. In it, Laura shared a story from a recent training course she facilitated: At the start of a 2...

This is how to identify peer to peer stakeholder relationships

Now that you have identified your stakeholders and assessed their level of support, it is time to map the relationships among them. When we have a clear overview of the relationships, we can actively work to manage or influence these...

How to assess the level of support of your stakeholders

The purpose of engaging with your stakeholders is to keep them properly involved with your alliances. Remember: a stakeholder can affect or be affected by your actions or the actions of your alliance. Engaging your stakeholders has several stages.  ...

What to do with your stakeholders? A new perspective

Stakeholders, we hear a lot about the term. But what actually are they? A search on the internet overloads you with information about stakeholders. Not very helpful. So let me try to put it in perspective. Wikipedia provides a description...

How to make your team measurably more effective

Teamwork is the cornerstone of an organization’s success. At least that’s how I feel about it. No man is an island. Without collaboration in your team, you will limit your success. It is the collaborative mindset that drives your success....

The most important benefits of working with a coach

“What do you know about that?” This is what someone asked me recently. During this dinner conversation, it felt somewhat like I was under inquisition. My conversation partner was a judge, and he is used to interrogating people. He did...

How to improve your outgoing communications

In my previous article, I wrote about ways to improve communication. The article was primarily about dealing with incoming communication. How do we handle incoming communication and what is the most productive way to respond? In essence, it comes down...

What can you do to improve your communication?

The single most important reason why I see alliances, partnerships and other forms of collaboration fail is because of communication. Or better said, lack thereof. Lack of communication is often due to a lack of time, focus or structure. Lack...

The best way to create your successful alliances

Successful alliances The 80% rule learns you that following a structured process will increase your chance of creating successful alliances. However, that small “a structured process” part of the previous sentence sounds so … boring! That indeed is how many...

How your organizational culture influences performance

Leadership Many elements can influence the performance of an organization. According to a study by Korn Ferry Hay Group with 35%. Leadership behavior determines 50-70% of an organization’s culture. This makes leadership behavior one of the single biggest factors impacting...

Collaboration is the name of the game

Collaboration is the name of the game. You might have heard me say that before. Lately, I have seen an increase in the announcements of acquisitions that companies make. Apple acquires Shazam, DSM acquires BioCare, Philips acquires VitalHealth, to mention...