Based on the Commitment Formula and on how commitment comes about, this video gets into detail and practice. Presenting the Commitment Game Board and how it works, Gunther Fürstberger offers a practical all-purpose tool for lateral leaders helping to evaluate planned projects and to lead them to success – step by step.
The Commitment Game Board – „Playing field“ of your project
The Commitment Game Board – Handy tool for lateral leaders
As you can see in the picture above, the game board is separated by two axes: Certainty that the venture makes sense and trust in you as a lateral leader. Subdivided from -5 to +5 you can use these parameters to position your teammates and stakeholders. These positions are between the following extremes: commitment partner, commitment opponent, benevolent sceptic, adaptive player.
By listing and positioning all important teammates and stakeholder you gain insights in many different perspectives which are important for the success of your project:
- Evaluate stakeholders in matters of your project
Who is directly/indirectly involved in the project? How is the status quo? What to the stakeholders think of me and the planned project?
- Evaluate yourself in matters of the project
How is my position related to the project? Not all lateral leaders are automatically convinced of a planned project they have to take care for.
- Preparing meetings, presentations and important conversations in a targeted way
By knowing the positions, interests, values and possible sensitivities of all involved persons you can prepare the according communication strategies.
- Recognize potential resistances and solve them early
Who could cause problems during the project or could prevent the project´s success? How can I win more commitment from him/her?
- Recognize strategic options and reasonable next steps
By dealing with the question: How can I influence the game board and/or the individual players to rise the commitment for the project?
Video impulse: The Commitment Game Board
What serves you next?
The less formal power you have, the more important it is to find other possibilities to gain commitment and to convince others from your plans, ideas and projects. Gunther Fürstberger, lateral leadership expert, explains a communication plan as simple as effective and gives practical implementation examples.
Organisations talk about commitment a lot: We need more commitment! The team is fully committed! There was a lack of commitment. … and so on. Especially in lateral leadership the question about commitment of teammates and stakeholders is key. But why? And how does commitment come about?
We all know the situation: Marketing is pointing in one direction, Sales in another. The purchase department follows their own goals and the product development department anyway. So everyone is leading to another point. Just as in our video, simply asking “Where is North?”.