Lean into Change #5: broaden your understanding


Make an effort to understand all the pressures and expectations in your workplace. What does your boss want? The boss's boss? And so on all the way up to those empowered to speak for what society wants: governments at different levels. What metrics are used to assess each of these expectations? What rewards or disincentives are there to meeting or missing those metrics? What funds and resources are available to support positive change?

A lot of this information is available in public documents online, but don't miss the opportunity to talk to all these people in person. They need to know you as someone who cares about the work and the organizational outcomes and you need to find those interested in helping achieve improvements. Keep notes and follow up every meeting with a thank-you for their time and remind them of an idea or direction that you have in common.

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