Funnily enough, despite being political, I didn’t immediately think of politics. No, selfishly, I thought of myself.
You see, managing stakeholders is a required superpower for anyone who is a trainer, technical writer, instructional designer, change manager, community engagement manager, social media manager, and a myriad of other occupations including politics.
For me, stakeholders appear in three flavours. They are either subject matter experts, authorised approvers or both.
Subject matter experts usually are excellent to work with once they see how their contribution is relevant.
If they are an authorised approver, then even better.
It’s the latter category, when the authorised approvers are removed from the content, that the situation becomes much as Annabel Crabb has described.
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