As you start this year with high expectations from existing or new partnering initiatives it can be challenging knowing where to begin. To give you a head start we have put together some tips for how you can get the most value from your partnering.
A South Australian land access initiative gains momentum following a major Co–designing the Future Workshop in late 2017. The aim of this initiative is to bring together the Mineral and Exploration Industry, Native Title Groups and Government to achieve greater certainty, efficiency and effectiveness in land access.
Getting started with any type of collaboration or partnering is not easy. Finding the right organisations and people to come together and work on an initiative can be a challenge. Keeping them together and delivering greater impacts is even harder.
The practice of working with organisations from different sectors is gaining momentum. Whether it be to make better use of resources, drive innovation or to solve tough intractable problems. But how we go about starting this process can have significant impacts on how sustainable the partnering will be and what it will deliver.
In June this year Ian Dixon travelled to Roma in South West Queensland to conduct a 2-day Partnering Workshop for Senior Managers around ‘Partnering in Mental Health’. The workshop was initiated by the Darling Downs and South West Queensland Partners in Recovery program and co-sponsored by Aftercare and Uniting Community Care. The brief for this workshop was to impart cross sector partnering knowledge and skills to the group but also to enable a focus on practical issues around mental health in South West Queensland.
I am one of those people who has had to learn to delegate – it doesn’t come naturally. Whether it be cooking an omelette or preparing a tax return, I must fight a pervasive and persistent inclination that if I want it done right I must do it myself. This is, of course, wrong. I cannot possibly have more skill in preparing my tax return than an accountant who knows the tax system inside out. Of course I could cook a better omelette than the excellent short order cook at the cafe up the road, but I would be depriving myself of valuable newspaper reading time by insisting I do it myself.
Partnering requires a completely different mind-set – one in which jumping to the conclusion or solution is antithetical. For Partnering to work we need two things, which are often in short supply – time and space.
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.
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?