No one ignores that commitment of Leadership is critical to the success of Strategic Transformations. Yet, its seems that issues still remain. Here is a simple practice that can worth a million dollars.
Let’s look at first, how it all starts
When a project team keeps stressing the importance of leadership’s commitment, we can easily assume that it will be a problem during the initiative.
From this moment, they are entering in a loop of convincing senior management of the criticality of this assumption, and senior management getting tired earring the same statement.
… and guess what? …the problem happens.
OK, What is plan B then?
When this loop has occurred, no working sessions with executives explaining what is expected from them would help. I would rather advise to you a contrarian approach that will have remarkable impacts.
Organize an open session with key players and discuss this simple sample of questions:
- What is the most efficient way of not succeeding in our endeavor?
- What will be the worst sponsoring approach, that will challenge the success of the project?
- What could be the best way to ignore the signals of growing risks for the transformation?
These questions are just examples and you can complement them by your own. However they make things clear about the typical behavior of parties at stake that could endanger the project. This is now something that no one can ignore and will remember if this is happening.
Display the results of this discussion in the meeting room to even enhance its impact. I will guarantee you that it has more impact than any convincing methods.