How do we start engaging our very busy business stakeholders when Leading Scaling Agility?

Siraj Sirajuddin / Aug 1, 2023

Engaging busy business stakeholders when leading Scaling Agility requires a thoughtful and strategic approach. Here are some steps to start engaging your busy business stakeholders effectively:


  1. Prioritize engagement efforts: Identify the key business stakeholders whose involvement and support are critical for the success of Scaling Agility. Prioritize your engagement efforts based on their influence, roles, and the impact they have on the scaling initiatives. Focus on engaging a core group of influential stakeholders initially, and gradually expand the engagement to include others.

  2. Understand their constraints: Recognize that busy stakeholders have limited time and competing priorities. Take the time to understand their constraints, responsibilities, and time availability. This understanding allows you to tailor your engagement approach and find ways to collaborate that respect their time constraints.

  3. Be concise and focused in communication: When engaging busy stakeholders, be concise, clear, and focused in your communication. Provide them with essential information in a concise manner, highlighting key points and benefits. Use language that is easy to understand and avoid unnecessary jargon. Respect their time by being efficient and to the point.

  4. Schedule dedicated meetings: Request dedicated meetings with busy stakeholders to discuss scaling agility initiatives. Clearly communicate the purpose and agenda of the meeting in advance, allowing them to come prepared. Ensure the meetings are well-structured, focused, and time-boxed. Respect their time by starting and ending meetings promptly.

  5. Present a compelling business case: Prepare a compelling business case that demonstrates the value and impact of Scaling Agility for the stakeholders' specific areas of responsibility. Highlight how it addresses their pain points, improves outcomes, and contributes to their goals. Use data, metrics, and success stories to make a persuasive case for their engagement and support.

  6. Align with their priorities: Connect Scaling Agility initiatives with the priorities and strategic objectives of busy stakeholders. Demonstrate how scaling agility can help them achieve their goals or address challenges they face. Show them the alignment between their priorities and the scaling agility initiatives, making it relevant and valuable to them.

  7. Provide options for involvement: Offer different options for involvement that accommodate busy stakeholders' schedules and preferences. Provide flexibility in terms of meeting formats, participation in workshops, or involvement in decision-making processes. Allow stakeholders to choose their level of engagement while ensuring their input is considered and valued.

  8. Leverage champions and influencers: Identify influential individuals within your organization who can champion the scaling agility initiatives and engage with busy stakeholders on your behalf. Leverage these champions to build relationships, communicate the benefits, and gain support. The endorsement of respected colleagues can significantly increase the engagement of busy stakeholders.

  9. Use technology and asynchronous communication: Leverage technology tools and platforms to facilitate asynchronous communication with busy stakeholders. This allows them to engage and provide input at their convenience. Utilize collaboration tools, email, shared documents, or discussion forums to foster ongoing engagement and ensure stakeholders can contribute even when time constraints are high.

  10. Follow up and provide updates: After engaging with busy stakeholders, follow up promptly and provide regular updates on the progress and outcomes of scaling agility initiatives. This demonstrates accountability and keeps them informed without requiring excessive time commitments. Be proactive in addressing any questions or concerns they may have.


Remember to respect the busy stakeholders' time and priorities throughout the engagement process. Tailor your approach to their needs, highlight the value of Scaling Agility, and provide opportunities for their meaningful involvement. You can effectively engage busy stakeholders in the Scaling Agility journey by demonstrating empathy, offering flexibility, and delivering concise and relevant communication.

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