Thinking of skipping over engaging stakeholder? Think you don’t have the time? It’s always worth it! Agree? Disagree?
I read a recent twitter thread that really resonated with me about the importance of taking the time to engage with stakeholders. To sum up, an evaluator was brave enough to share a story of their failure to engage with stakeholders because they were busy, had short timelines and had already engaged with them in the past on the same topic.
But it was still a mistake. Forging ahead lead to delays later and all that time saved up front, was more than made up for later. The evaluator’s lesson shared: “There is always, ALWAYS time for relational work and collaboration.”
I’ve done this before. I think we all have. I’m seeing the results of this is my work now. It’s so hard to pause, slow down and maybe even go back.