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.
DIXON Partnering Solutions (DPS) in conjunction with our partner organisation CQ University have joined together to launch a new online “Introduction to Cross Sector Partnering” course. This new course is one of the first online programs for cross sector partnering in the world and is based on the highly successful Partnering Essentials™ suite of programs developed and delivered by DPS over the last nine years.
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.
Many partners spend a lot of time and energy in reaching some form of Partnering Agreement, only to see it get little traction and fail to deliver over time. The initial energy and enthusiasm at the start of a partnering process that leads to some form of partnering agreement can soon dissipate and lead to disappointment.
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.
When visiting Townsville recently I participated in a Community Learning Day, which focussed on ‘Partnering and Collaboration in Todays World’. While the major part of the day session was imparting some greater knowledge and skills to participants, as part of this day we heard some great examples of local cross sector partnering in the region and shared some of the key learning’s from these initiatives.
A recent strategic planning exercise with the Anangu Pitjantjatjarra Yankunytjatjara (APY) will set a new direction and momentum for this remote Aboriginal organisation. It will also build upon previous work to develop the APY as a strong partner who can work effectively with Federal and State Government, Not for Profits and Philanthropic organisations.
In looking back at the major change processes I have been involved in over the last 20 years one thing stands out as a key success factor – the need for champions who can provide the right style of leadership to advocate, catalyse and support change processes so they achieve real impact.
Many organisations today promote partnering as a way of doing business and if you look at their promotional material you will see the word partnering mentioned many times. But how many of these organisations really have a good understanding of just what partnering is and how they should be going about it? Are they really positioning themselves to gain maximum value from their partnering initiatives?
The South Australian Volunteering Strategy was launched in 2014. It is a cross sector partnership that has been developed to improve the experience of volunteers, enhance the outcomes for volunteer involving organisations, and help meet South Australia’s Strategic Plan target to maintain a volunteer participation rate of 70% or better.