The Complete Stakeholder Manager

How to manage the politics smoothly without becoming politicised

The South Yorkshire Branch would like to thank The Training Foundry for generously sponsoring this event.

Thursday 17 May 2007, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Eddie Obeng


You've been losing sleep for weeks. There are so many stakeholders. Everyday you seem to trip over another one. The last SMT meeting you attended you were embarrassed and stressed to discover that one of the key people you will need for implementation and execution will actually lose half their department if the project is successful.

How are you supposed to deal with that? And it's so hard to know what they think of the project. Some of them seem committed but others... Well, others are either disinterested, or worse, they seem to disagree with what you are trying to do. You're smart, you don't like spending your time with negative people so you've been avoiding them. Yesterday you discovered that one of the two people who seem to have been telling you how much they are behind the project has actually been sneaking off trying to cancel your resources behind your back. Do you believe it! Sabotage. And after they told you that they were right behind you!

But the bit which is really worrying you is that the key person who is providing information which is central to the project doesn't seem to be too interested in coming up with anything. The last two e-mails you sent didn't even get a reply. This is a real risk, it could stop you hitting the deadline.


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