Building relationships with more leadrs
A day or two after your call to the convener, you can piggyback on the convener’s email to reach out to the handful of leaders that you agreed with the Convener to interview. This will give the purpose of the call and the types of questions you’d like to explore with them. Here’s a DRAFT EMAIL from you to each leader you will interview.
The main purpose of these interviews is two fold:
Decide on the sequence of interviews with the conveners. The video describe the benefit of arranging the interviews in a certain order
Now you are ready for doing your 3-5 leadership stakeholder interviews. To get the most out of the interviews it is important to really listen to the stakeholders, here is some tips on active listening.
You can use the same questions example as for the convener (previous section) to probe these topics with the leaders. Please feel free to build on these as you see fit.
The other purpose of the interview is to build a relationship with them so you are not meeting them for the first time at the Workshop. This will be very helpful to you at the session. Here are some tips on how to use the call to BUILD THE RELATIONSHIP.
Finally, you can use the interview to check with the leader if there are other leaders who they think should be invited. You can quickly go through the list you have or the category of organisations, and ask if other types of organisations are missing from your list. If there are additional suggestions, discuss these with the Convener, and make the decision with them.
Here is some final tips about conducting the call.
Be prepared to do a compelling overview, in your own words. (Complete the assignment). You can also send follow-up briefing document(s) to the guides and to other individuals you interview. Find more of these under the Landmark material.
To take full advantage of each interview, it would be helpful to spend 10 minutes after each call jotting down bullets of what you heard. You can transcribe these here and continue to build on them with each interview. These will help you prepare a few slides that we suggest that you use to seed the discussion at the Leadership Design Workshop.
Jot down thoughts on these questions – to the extent they are relevant to your experience at the session:
They did some work before you received the Challenge Note. This included:
Mentors will participate in all or part of the Lift-Off Workshop, mostly at the start to provide context and answer questions, and at the end to give you and your teammates feedback about the goal and plan you develop.
During the 100 days following the Lift-Off Workshop, here’s what the Mentors will do: