Influencing, convincing and persuading all of the internal and external stakeholders such as client, contractors, consultants, vendors, teams are essential and critical for successful project and business as usual execution. It is a relationship game. Securing the buy-in of individuals confidently, skilfully and competently where you don’t have direct authority and control can support a drive for operational excellence and business continuity. Tricky, challenging, demanding and complicated stakeholders could be driving the mission critical decisions. So managing effectively and navigating successfully the complex relationship between these stakeholders are essential for any business and project professionals.
Often stakeholders tend to bring in their own interest with hidden agendas, so normalizing the differences and achieving consensus for seamless are extremely crucial. The strategic project professional uses the views, interest and attitudes of stakeholders to shape a project at an early stage, keeping support throughout the lifecycle of their project and improving project deliverables down the line. Stakeholders Management is an essential skill set used frequently in meetings, business negotiations and when developing and communicating the business case for a new initiative.