All change is about getting people onboard, so it is important to gain their support and to understand their worries or concerns as well.
Also, by listening to stakeholders and faithfully representing their perspectives, you will create a support network that will enable this change. This support is crucial to affect change.
Stakeholder engagement involves listening and considering how change implementation affects all key groups. Gain support, and consider stakeholder concerns to make the process smoother and bring all stakeholder groups onboard.
The benefits of involving stakeholders include:
Stakeholder input can provide valuable insights and perspectives that can inform decision-making and ensure that the project remains on track.
Increased buy-in and support
When stakeholders are involved in the planning and implementation of a project, they are more likely to support and advocate for it, which can help to mitigate resistance and ensure its success.
Stakeholder involvement can help to ensure that all parties are held accountable for their responsibilities and that the project is completed on time and within budget.
Achieve outcomes that are aligned with stakeholder needs and expectations lead to increased satisfaction and better relationships with stakeholders.
“Effective stakeholder engagement is essential to every aspect of an implementation process, from defining the problem to testing solutions. Failure to engage stakeholders will significantly reduce your chances of success.”
Dr Rhonda Garad