You’re familiar, I’m sure, with the idea of a Stakeholder Communication Plan. This is often a schedule of activities designed to get your project message out. But it can easily miss out something vital… Why not create a Stakeholder Listening Plan?
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Give your stakeholders a good listening to. It can give your project a real boost. When you have a deep understanding of stakeholders’ perspectives, you will inspire far greater levels of confidence.
List all your stakeholders and set out time to listen to each of them in turn. It’s an exercise I have recently carried out on a client project. And it is a fabulous experience. And not a few of them told me how much they had enjoyed and valued the experience.
(Okay, that’s a pretty corny slogan. But it holds a deep truth.)
Only a leader with confidence is willing to open yourself up to influence. So, making a commitment to listen to your stakeholders is a powerful act of leadership.
So, if you want to try doing one thing different, how about this? Make hearing what your stakeholders have to say, a priority.
Check-out our short course, I Beg Your Pardon… The Power of Listening.
Communication makes up around 80 percent of the work of any manager and leader. This makes listening your single most important skill. So in this course, we’ll look at why this is true, and seek to understand what listening really is.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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