ADVOCACY:. A Process for your Passion A Personal Vision by Richard Krzyzanowski Consumer-Employee Advocate Center of Excellence / Orange County Health Care Agency. Who am I to Talk? (Some of My Background & Experience). Five years as a Patients’ Rights Advocate for Los Angeles County
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A Process for your Passion
A Personal Vision
Center of Excellence / Orange County Health Care Agency
Real systems change is often accomplished with a combination of individual or self-advocacy with systems advocacy. Even big changes can have a “human face!”
… a good strategist:
(Don’t just point out problems: Have a solution to suggest )
(It’s usually best to start at the lowest levels, and work your way up)
… a good communicator:
… a good collaborator:
(Take care not to disempower)
(Make friends/allies, find common ground)
(Create problem-solving relationships, even with those that seem like they are on “the other side”)
… a good diplomat:
(Remember, in the workplace, for example, that you will have a continuing relationship with your bosses and colleagues, and you want that to remain collaborative and civil, if not friendly)
(Don’t destroy the village in order to
Your ability to occasionally “agree to disagree” and to intelligently compromise can mean the difference between success and failure.
Be patient & think long-term: A partial success today gives you a foundation for future advocacy that may achieve you full goals. Some things take time and can only be accomplished step-by-step.
“Insider” vs. “Outsider;” A “one-two punch!
Advocacy in such an environment requires striking a “delicate balance” between the culture and needs of the workplace and your needs and interests as a worker.
Know the Rules: In the workplace, this can be your company or agency’s: