Have you ever been in the situation where your partnership starts heading in another direction and you wonder just what you can do about it?
Over time we have found that one of the key success factors for effective partnering is the need to achieve balance as the partners move through a partnering process.
It is becoming clear that we need to have far more constructive dialogue between all the sectors if we are going to tackle the many sustainable development challenges we face today. But how do we bring the various key stakeholders to the table to have the conversations they need to have and to build sufficient trust that will result in collective action?
Recently while conducting one of our short training programs, we were debriefing a role play scenario when I was reminded again just how critical it is to ‘set the tone’ for the early meetings of potential partners.
In recent weeks I have come to reflect on a number of partnering projects where major tensions and delays have occurred. It was clear in these projects that the key impediment to progress was the lack of trust between some of the partners.
Have you ever started discussions with another potential partner and suddenly discovered that there is some baggage from the past that you weren't aware of?
Ever find yourself being courted as a partner but not sure of the motive?
As a partnering initiative progresses it is inevitable that at some stage you may lose a key person from one of the partner organisations. So how do you manage this so that the partnership doesn't go backwards?
Have you ever been in a partnering process and become frustrated because others at the table seem like they are just sitting on the fence?
One of the greatest challenges when partnering is getting enough commitment and support throughout each of the partner organisations to get results.