Here’s a guide to prioritising, approaching and collaborating with stakeholders - including those you’ve not quite known how to approach.
It’s taken from Chapter 12 of our upcoming book, How to be a Master Expert, and it’s a five step plan to:
Identify your entire stakeholder map, including “out of sight, out of mind” relationships you might not have otherwise included.
Prioritise the most important stakeholders, and de-prioritise the “loud but unimportant”.
Check the health of high-priority relationships.
Create a strategy to improve critical but difficult relationships.
And finally, establish an operating rhythm to ensure high-value relationships remain in focus.
Stakeholders can be tricky - after all, one way to describe them is “anyone who can ruin your day”. But approached collaboratively, if you’re actually listening, stakeholders can be a significant asset.