Thursday, 30 May 2013
Solid advice for public health workers - How to partner.
Many of us move from across multiple work locations and subsequently engage in “office surfacing” – that is temporarily hanging out in other people’s home office space. It can provide an interesting glimpse in individual lifestyles and values. And so it was recently, hanging in a office as a set of value statements, but rings so true for those that choose public health as a vocation – and perhaps for just good everyday advice. Modified for this readership and there is no reference to the source available - some principles for public health workers to work by:
1. Be clear on your goals and objectives – what is it that you want to achieve?
2. Assume everyone is a potential ally – look for what others bring that will aid in your effort, and there is always something.
3. Relationships are foundational: – build relationships, which builds trust, which builds understanding and that you build just about anything.
4. Look at the world from the eyes of the other person: understand what they what and what they see. When they believe you have understood their position, it is a step in the relationship process.
5. Find the common currency: – each of us is swayed by an incentive, whether moral principles, money, power, common values etc. Learn to negotiate around the common currency
6. Negotiation is a give and take process: Remember you need to give before you can expect others to offer you something in return.