Some tips on the following tabs will help to engage people during times of change.
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Be clear at the outset...
… on the level of involvement and the impact people may have – what can people involved really influence?
Have a clear structure ...
… that will support people to work effectively and sustain their interest
Involve participants ...
… in the setting of the agenda
… the freedom to question the way services are delivered
Give service providers...
… the chance to explain what is out of their hands – regulation, finances
… to strengthen relationships between professionals from different organisations and service users
Focus on sharing learning...
… and building the capacity of individual service users/groups through peer support and mentoring
… networking, information sharing and communication
… range of methods to communicate and share information
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how the following statements would be described:
'This is what I've done'
'What are the options & which one do you think we should take?'
'Can we reach a deal on what to do?'
'This is what I've done/want to do, what do you think?'
‘Let’s get together to discuss the problem and see if we can agree what we ought to do?'
Joint problem solving
'This is the problem – you decide what to do'
3 pitfalls – if you are aware of some of the challenges you can think about how to avoid them!
Beware the politics
- Competing agendas create politics (with a small p) during change
- Those guiding others in the change process need to focus on managing egos, reducing uncertainty and working out how to satisfy the agendas that are a priority and making sure that people are heard, while understanding that everyone’s problems will not be solved.
- Balance facts with emotions – tell the story and the impacts you want to achieve alongside the data. If the change is creating concerns, ask ‘what evidence is there to support this?’
- Gather evidence, stories, and data to show the changes required and why and so that better decisions can be made.
Be clear and honest with your language
- Take a positive approach, but if there is negativity surrounding a change, acknowledge it and don’t deny it.
- In a meeting have a timed discussion of the negative aspects to get them out in the open, before moving on to positive actions (knowing that the negativity will not go away at this point but that it is not being ignored)