- To identify the team’s key stakeholders.
- To help team members get a better understanding of the point of view of the team’s key stakeholders, and how these stakeholders could help the team.
- To create a plan to develop a positive relationship with the team’s stakeholders.
A copy of the building bridges handout for each team member.
Flip charts and marker pens.
- The activity leader discusses the importance of positive relationships with stakeholders.
- Use brainstorming to generate a list of key stakeholders. (See APPENDIX 1)
- Remind the team of the rules of brainstorming – to generate as many ideas as possible without criticism by anyone. Run the brainstorming session for as long as you can generate new ideas.
- After the team has finished brainstorming distribute building bridges handout to the team.
- Divide the team into smaller groups and ask these groups to complete the handout for the key stakeholders.
- After 30 minutes the team is to prepare a flip chart and present back to the rest of the team.
- Did the team members get a better understanding of who the key stakeholders are and how they could help the team?
- Do you spend enough time cultivating the most important stakeholders? (You must measure importance according to the impact they can have on your project and not simply their status)
- What are the specific things we need to do after the meeting?
- Who is the most appropriate person to take responsibility for this?
- When should the team get back together to review progress?