The Role & Description of the Champion
The Change Network, funded by the Bush Foundation, is a year-long program for people in North Dakota, South Dakota and the Native Nations that inhabit that space seeking to create more inclusive and welcoming organizations and communities, and wishing to deepen their awareness and understanding of tools to address the complex issues surrounding their efforts in building and supporting change. During the program year, participants build their self-awareness, develop their leadership abilities and increase their systems-change skillsets through one-on-one work, group discussions, online learning sessions and three in-person convenings.
The participants, also called Change Navigators, are asked to identify a Champion who will voluntarily take extraordinary interest in the adoption, implementation, and success of the Change Navigator and the Change Navigator’s cause and project. Champions provide wisdom, insight, connections, experience and apply skills and non-fiscal resources that will support the Change Navigator to develop and implement ideas through expressed or perceived external or internal resistance to change.
What is the expectation of the Champion?
The Champion’s role is to support the Change Navigator in the following ways.
- Generously provide one’s , expertise, knowledge and skills.
- Meet with the Change Navigator as needed (electronically via phone/zoom or other means) or in person.
- Challenge the Change Navigator’s assumptions regarding the project goals. For example, if the Change Navigator is proposing a goal that seems too big or does not seem ‘doable’ within the timeframe proposed, the Champion would pose questions to the Change Navigator to help the Change Navigator think through the feasibility of the project.
- Help the Change Navigator remove barriers to success, if possible. This may come in the form of brainstorming ideas or making introductions or connections to other resources (people), for example.
- Encourage the Change Navigator even when the work gets challenging
- Be a sounding board for the Change Navigator.
- A one-year commitment is ideal.
What is not expected of the Champion?
The Champion is neither expected nor required to:
- Attend any of the Change Network convenings
- Travel for any meetings with the Change Navigator
- Apply any personal or other financial resources to the Change Navigator
- Speak for the Change Navigator to employers or anyone else
- Represent or speak on behalf of the Change Network Program
What is the expectation of the Change Navigator with regards to the Champion?
For this relationship to be successful the Change Navigator will need to be proactive and clear, specifically to:
- Share the program goals and timeline with the Champion.
- Explain fully why the Change Navigator is a part of the Change Network and what the Change Navigator hopes to accomplish within the program and the cohort year.
- Be responsible for reaching out to the Champion for advice and counsel.
- Respect the Champion’s time and use it wisely.
What is the anticipated time commitment of the Champion? On average the Champion should be willing to commit to a minimum of 12, one-hour meetings over the program year.