ERP vendors and resellers race in a competition that no one will ever win. It's the TIME required to implement ERP software. Most vendors will oversell how quick and easy their software package is, some even claiming to implement as fast as a month. These claims are nothing but overstated. The most challenging part of an ERP implementation is to make critical business decisions and build consensus. Some executives might change their entire business model instantly without thinking through the consequences. And while others might take forever to decide the base currency and the decimal places they should use for reporting. Building consensus for ERP projects is a true test of leadership skills. It requires skills and experience. The savvy leaders have figured out how to manage at the thirty thousand foot level without losing touch from the ground. But what do these leaders do differently to build consensus? And not concede to an organization's power struggle and political elements?
In today's episode, we invited a panel of cross-functional experts for a live interview on LinkedIn who brings significant expertise to discuss how to build consensus among teams. We covered many grounds, including the challenges entrepreneurs face with their leadership skills during ERP implementations, why sales skills are most crucial for team members to build consensus, and why team building during acquisitions is even harder. Finally, we covered several stories related to building consensus among teams.
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