Lessons staff networks can learn from the General Election 2015 (in no particular order):
1. Have a Strong Narrative
Who are you? What do you stand for? Why do you exist? Who are you targeting? What's in it for them?
2. Have a Clear Plan of Action
What are you trying to change and why? How will you do this?
3. Be Aware of Opinion But Pay Closer Attention to the Facts
Evidence, evidence, evidence.
4. Measurable Outcomes
What would the organisation look like if you achieved your goals? What have you achieved so far? What was the impact?
5. Don't Build the Network Around the Personality of One Person
If they leave, the network may lose traction.
6. Act Responsibly When Things Go Wrong
Take time out to rethink, reframe, and rebuild (and if necessary, reshuffle).
7. Do Not Make Promises You Cannot Keep
Instead, under promise and over deliver.
8. Have Ambitions
But let pragmatism be your closest ally. Ambition is the first step to success. The second step is action!
9. Be Influential
(i) Actively listen
(ii) Always look to improve your 'product' or 'service'
(iii) stay one step ahead
(iv) generate better ideas and solutions.
10. I.C.E: Walk with Integrity, Character and Excellence
If you take care of your character, your reputation will take care of itself (Lord Sugar). Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE is the author of The Incredible Power of Staff Networks. Sign up to Power News (the newsletter from the Power of Staff Networks) for regular updates about the Power of Staff Networks