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Politics of Ecosystem Building

The politics around ecosystem building come into play when the relationships, whether it is individuals, organizations, or groups of ecosystem builders, are not aligned.

Ecosystems can be defined as networks of organizations, people, resources, opportunities, activities, and relationships. From Tech and small Business Ecosystems, Institutional & Corporate Networks, Industry, Trade & Sector Associations, to Nonprofit and Philanthropic Networks, all these different types of ecosystems share incredibly similar challenges.

The politics around ecosystem building come into play when the relationships, whether it is individuals, organizations, or groups of ecosystem builders, are not aligned. Misalignment in an ecosystem occurs when certain parts of the ecosystem are moving in opposite directions on a defined issue. Misalignment can occur on the general direction an ecosystem is heading, the strategy for change in an ecosystem, or the priority for change initiatives.

Misalignment is not only caused by dislike and disagreements. Rather, it is often a lack of information, bad timing, or individual optimization (rather than relationship-focused teamwork) that causes these politics and misalignments to arise. This can cause a variety of problems such as undermining complex systems change, wasting or poorly allocating resources, slowing progress or killing momentum, and worsening politics and weakened relationships.

How can we address these misalignments and move forward?

  1. Clear Information – Prioritize clear and transparent information sharing, going beyond what may seem necessary. Involve more individuals in the decision-making process and ensure that everyone comprehends the information presented.
  2. Articulate Strategy – Articulate a clear strategy by explaining the ‘why’ behind decisions and fostering open discussions to address disagreements and alternative viewpoints & perspectives. and actively listen to dissent and other opinions.
  3. Constant Communication – Maintaining consistent communication is key, recognizing that misalignment can evolve over time. Even when there are no significant updates, continue to engage stakeholders, and address disagreements as they arise.

To navigate the intricacies of ecosystem politics and foster alignment, it’s essential to embrace these principles of clarity, articulation, and continuous communication. By doing so, we can drive more effective collaboration, achieve shared goals, and strengthen the bonds that hold our ecosystems together. Together, we can shape a more harmonious and productive future for all.

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