There are often times when each of us are facing resistance by our managers. Maybe, you have that great idea to take the department to the next level, but you can’t get your boss to say “yes”.
Like you, I faced this problem in the past, and just as we do with our clients, I employed the “DVF Model”.
D * V * F > R
The model above is a simple version of a model that we use to help clients bring their stakeholders to create collaborative change. By created shared desire for change, shared vision for how we yearn for things to be, and create a shared action plan to achieve that vision, we help the group, organization, or company overcome they resistance they face to creating change.
The model works with a large group, but you can also apply it one on one:
D: What, if we did it, could help us take our department’s work to the next level?
V: What does our success look like if we know we succeeded?
F: What are the steps we should take to achieve that vision?
The key is to structure the conversation so that you and your boss walk through the questions above, and before moving on to the next, you build on the commonalities. My experience is that you can move forward some great collaborative ideas (which usually align with yours original ideas) and the conversation will increase the cohesiveness between you and your boss.
So try it, and leave your comments as to how the experence worked for you. And be sure to check www.NEXUS4change.org, our partner that is convening the conveners of collaborative change.