An important first step in improving the partnership’s performance is to discover what your partners need to do better and what you can do to help. This means taking a look at your partner’s learning needs. Capacity building invests in the foundation for performance, and helps partners apply newly learned skills to address their most pressing issues.
If your partnership could improve its performance, what difference would it make in achieving your objectives faster and having a bigger impact?
If you want to improve the performance of your partnership, here are a few questions to help you assess the partnership and leadership learning needs of your partners:
For your partnership:
• What is the level of partnership experience among your partners?
• Are resource providers approaching you, or the other way around?
• Are partners spending more time deciding or doing?
• Do partners communicate the same, consistent message to your stakeholders?
For your leadership:
• What is your leadership development plan?
• How frequently do your partners change or leave?
• When leadership changes, what is the impact on performance or productivity?
• How often do you have to remind partners to do their work?
One of the biggest unknown challenges faced by partnerships is that your partners are not WORKING ON the partnership, while they are WORKING IN the partnership. Your partners are so busy working towards their results, that they forget that the partnership itself needs attention.
Here are 5 questions to help you get more of the important things done, in less time, with less stress and assess the needs of your partnership:
• Is performance continuing to improve? How do you know?
• How long is the list of items you need to do, but can’t get to?
• Are resources disappearing faster than expected?
• How engaged are partners between meetings?
• How prepared are you for the different phases of the partnership?
By helping your partners identify and address their partnership and leadership learning needs, you can help them become better performing partners, while they continue to work towards the partnership’s objectives.
- Posted by Enette Pauzé
- On May 24, 2016
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