6 Ways For Clarifying Interlock Between Working Group

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6 Ways For Clarifying Interlock Between Working Group

Many managers find intergroup coordination incredibly challenging because it requires them to assist, and obtain assistance from people who they have no formal authority.

When creating action plans, be sure to discuss and negotiate interlock requirements early so you can align all the varied resources you’ll need to successfully carry out your unit plans.

To ensure accountability, documents all interlock needs, expectations and obligations – as well as any change in the interlock and if interlock can not be reached, identify it as an area of high risk in the action plans. For with these few tips you can always navigate interlock no mater the risk associated to it.


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1. Determine any required cross-functional collaboration that will be needed to carry out strategic initiative, and include those “interlocking” requirements with the associated action plans.

2. Get clear approval for any interlock from senior management. This is of strategic planning.

3. When the interlock for carrying out a strategic initiative are substantial, consider creating a formal cross-function team and charging it with carrying out the initiative.

4. If you need help from another group, notify this group as early as you can about your need, and set expectations up front. Involve the group in determining the specific interlock needed, include those interlock in your action plans.

5. If an agreement on interlocked can not be reached, identify this as area of high risk in your action plan. Failure to agree on interlock is a source of potential conflicts within organizations and a common cause of the derailment of an initiative.

6. Document all interlock needs, expectations, and agreements, and document any agreed-upon changes to those interlocked.

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