Tensions are high. The time has come to decide funding levels for next year, develop technical messages and guidelines, and prioritize resources in work plans. In meetings, team members are defensive, and earnestly guard what they believe is their portion of the pie. Members send complaints back to their home offices, and seem to be in constant conflict with one another… if they… Read More »
Practical tips for meeting facilitation and planning. Read more »
Decision making can be a big challenge with any team, especially when they involve interagency members and structures, and decision making authorities that are collectively shared. Even under the best of circumstances – when there is commitment to mission, shared values, and good intent – it is hard to blend the cultures and procedures of the different organizations. Working together and making collective… Read More »
Thinking strategically can be tough enough for one person acting alone… and decision-making in an interagency context characterized by diverse cultures and shared resources can be particularly challenging! This article describes six strategic lenses through which PEPFAR country team members can view – and explain – their strategic thinking processes. Read more »
Transition is about letting go of the past and taking up new behaviors or ways of thinking. Planned change is about physically moving office, or installing new equipment, or restructuring. Transition lags behind planned change because it is more complex and harder to achieve. Change is situational and can be planned, whereas transition is psychological and less easy to manage.
– William Bridges, Managing Transitions, Making the Most of Change Read more »
The policy directive was clear: PEPFAR programs need to accelerate country ownership. The change made sense to the PEPFAR coordinator in the (fictitious) country of Abeona, but it was definitely a departure from the way her team had operated in the past. She took a deep breath, looked around the room, and wondered: how would the Abeona team make the transition from providing emergency services to supporting local government ownership of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care? Read more »