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Let’s talk about how understanding your organisation can improve stakeholder engagement
In this podcast, Elise Stevens speaks to Mikael Elkan about why understanding your organisation is crucial to improving stakeholder engagement.
Mikael, of Elkan Consulting in Denmark, has more than 10 years’ experience in organisational change management, project management, strategic HR and leadership development.
Founded in 2000, Elkan Consulting offers consultancy on internal processes and communication, change management, leadership development, coaching, meeting training, employee development dialogues and project management training.
Mikael believes that despite the widely accepted view that organisations are designed to grow and develop, our individual resistance to change actually favours organisational stability. According to Mikael, this is why understanding your organisation is crucial for stakeholder engagement, and therefore, successful projects.
Points raised in this podcast
- Understanding your organisation is crucial.
- Good project management is about leading the project through the organisation.
- A strategy that worked in one organisation will not necessarily work across all organisations.
- It is important to understand how an organisation operates before attempting to make change or find solutions.
- Projects must have feedback processes and project managers need to be willing to listen to stakeholders.
- Getting feedback from only the people that agree with you and support the project will result in a weaker project. Get out of your chair and ask someone different for their view on the project.
- It is important to properly consider how the project will impact people – not just systems and technologies.
- Project management is more than just presenting reports to stakeholders, it is about having a vision for the project and knowing the criteria of success.
- Keeping a diary can assist project managers to look back on their goals and how their perspective has changed over the life of the project.
- Organisations can be seen to have three levels. The broad framework, the individual roles or titles of different stakeholders and the psychological level, which includes the values, norms and culture. Project managers can often overlook this psychological level.
You can connect with Mikael on LinkedIn.
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