Communities thrive when stakeholder leaders are in alignment on the values, vision and the measures of success unique to their own community. While each of the primary stakeholders in business, government, healthcare, education, the media, and community organizations have their own focus and objectives, agreement in their thinking and actions is fundamental to ensuring that the communities are places where people want to live long term.
Central to Birth2Work’s stakeholder leadership development is our commitment to helping others come to know the importance of community alignment around values and vision to get results, even when progress may seem slow and difficult.
On an individual basis, we have guided leaders who have applied powerful stakeholder leadership skills to seemingly intractable community problems and as a result, helped to improve results in environments where measures of success had faded or even felt out of reach.
Birth2Work has a six-step process for aligning community leaders around values, vision, measures of success, and developing actions plans for implementation of those plans. We engage community leaders from every stakeholder group in a process that takes several months to complete and results in:
1) A plan where communities have greater alignment amongst stakeholders;
2) Individual stakeholder leaders understand how actions they take will impact the community at large; and
3) Resources that the community has available are better utilized to support those programs and activities that best serve the whole community.
The most important resource to a community are it citizens. Today, in our international economy, very few of us think about how closely tied our personal destinies are to the people who live within our communities. Technology in particular gives many people a false sense that they can shop, communicate and get along well without the burden of being tied to the actions of others. Even though our clothes come from China, our fruit from South America, and the customer service reps. we talk to are often working overnight shifts in India, who is it that you would call when your house is broken into? Or when you get in a car accident? And where do most children go to school?
In an emergency, you call the first responders in your community of course – the police, the firemen, the paramedics. Your children, more likely than not, go to school in your immediate neighborhood. We are, in reality, intimately connected and dependent on our communities to be high functioning. And, therefore, our fellow community members must be top notch, too. The leadership of each community must be in alignment on how to best serve the needs and aspirations of the people they serve, educate and support.