On Friday, September 15, our ACMP SoCal Chapter was fortunate to host an experienced guide and mentor speaking about the Art of Sponsor Contracting, Don Harrison, the principle designer of a systematic and business-focused approach to predicting, managing and accelerating implementation success, the Accelerating Implementation Methodology (AIM).
Don shared real-life situations in which we could reflect on our own challenges in building that critical relationship with project sponsors – whether their role is an authorizing sponsor for resources and money or a reinforcing sponsor at a more local level. No matter what the sponsor role, Don took us through the roadmap for how we might improve the potential for project success by learning how to contract with Sponsors. Don made it clear from the start, “Sponsorship is the single most important factor in ensuring fast and successful implementation.
It was a truly inspiring afternoon! We listened and talked, shared and challenged, brainstormed and collaborated. Kate Duchene, President & Chief Executive Officer of RGP (top middle among the ACMP SoCal board members) opened the meeting with a praise to collaboration and ongoing learning. And boy, did we learn from our keynote speaker, Don Harrison, President and Founder of IMA (bottom left, with the soon-to-be certified in AIM grand prize winner, Sari Syeda). And there was networking, happy hour, and more prizes.
I am truly grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with such talented group of change management professionals. Thank you all!
Vice President, ACMP SoCal Chapter