Once we’ve accepted that efficient sponsorship is the key success factor of change, what do we do? While many managers are eager to play their sponsor role to the fullest, many are also wondering what this means in practical terms. Where to start?
In a previous blog, we discussed the importance and the means to get a manager fully engaged in his role of sponsor in times of change. Let's now look at practical steps to put this role into action. Based on my experience, the sponsor has two key responsibilities: to get involved and to mobilize. Let’s review them.
A sponsor who understands and accepts his role will rearrange his priorities to be actively involved in change. This means he will:
As the sponsor of the change in his unit, the manager implements the required actions to mobilize his team for change:
Knowing and understanding these key responsibilities is the easy part. Knowing how to implement them efficiently in an ever-changing environment is a genuine challenge. This explains why many managers appreciate being coached in this undertaking to better play their role as sponsor.