Most business partnerships form around a specific issue, usually some sort of problem or challenge. Finding and stating common ground allows everyone to be clear about the purpose of the partnership. It also provides the opportunity for closer engagement between partners as everyone is involved in finding the solution to the problems you all face. Every problem comes to you with a gift in its hand; the opportunity to live the adage “a problem shared is a problem halved”.
This one day programme will help you get the basics right from the word go. It will get everyone pulling in the same direction and help answer key questions for your new partnership:
- Who should be involved?
- Why are some partnerships so much more effective than others
- How to organise mutually supportive working links between businesses, the public and voluntary sectors, and the community at large.
- What should we do and in what order.
- How can we fund it?
In answering those questions we will look at how best to approach those who might be helpful (or try to block) your ambitions. Together, we will identify a “quick win”, something that you can do early on to gain momentum and win people to your cause.
- Development of Terms of Reference so that there is a clear understanding of what the group is there to do, and not to do.
- Identification of the differences between and ways to engage with different groups in order to get buy in from the public, private and the community.
- Clear decisions so that there is agreement on what actions will be tackled first, by whom and when.
- An understanding of the obstacles you will face, and how to overcome them.
- Setting of performance indicators so that you know what success will look like and you can track progress.
Take a look at the short video I recorded for the government “Growing Business Together”.