Practical tips for meeting facilitation and planning.
Here’s the irony: despite the team’s difficulties working together, everyone in the above situation wants the process to be less painful and more focused on their common goal – reducing the devastating impact of HIV/AIDs. Yet despite the fact that everyone is frustrated by the tense discussions, the team still hasn’t figured out how to break out of the confrontational patterns they’ve developed….
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.
Facilitating for Consensus Consensus on a decision means that each team member says they buy-in to the decision and actively support its implementation, even if they did not think it was the very best decision. For the PEPFAR country team, consensus is obviously needed during preparation of the Country Operations Plan (COP), the PEPFAR Strategy, and the Partnership Framework (PF), and…
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
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?