We know there is strength in numbers, especially when goals are aligned, resources are shared, and brain power is multiplied. And collaboration yields even better results, faster when the process is structured with careful consideration from the start. A solid beginning will help to avoid confusion, frustration, and do-overs.
“What does it mean to collaborate? Simply put, a collaboration is a mutually beneficial relationship with a purpose of meeting common goals.” – Nonprofit Answer Guide
So what does it take to get collaborations started on the right foot? In CNE’s upcoming training Getting the Collaborative Process Started, Senior Consultant, Mary Davis Hamlin, will work with participants to answer key process questions such as: What is the general purpose of the group? What are the various roles? What are the expectations? How will we make decisions and deal with disagreement? Who speaks for the group? What is our timeline and roadmap?
Mary Davis has worked as a coach, facilitator, and trainer for over 20 years supporting individuals’ and organizations’ attempts to engage effectively in collaborative problem solving and decision-making. She has also convened and provided process management to large multi-stakeholder efforts throughout the United States.
“. . . Collaboration among nonprofits leads to at least five distinct benefits. These include cost savings through shared infrastructure, strengthened programs, improved efficiencies, enhanced leadership development, and enhanced value propositions for both organizations through taking advantage of complementary skills and abilities.” –Nonprofit Quarterly
Both newly forming groups and individual participants will benefit from this training.