Partnering establishes the skills, methods, and cooperative environment needed for successful projects. On partnered projects all parties agree to focus on creative cooperation and collaborative problem resolution. Emphasis is placed on teamwork, mutual respect, trust, and integrity.
Successful partners develop new attitudes and exercise new behavior patterns. These attitudes and behaviors are developed in the partnering workshops and supported and sustained by follow-up workshops and frequent evaluations.
Key Components to a Partnering Workshop
- Common Understanding
- Mutual Respect
- Team Building
- Issue Identification
- Issue Resolution
Results of Partnering
- Reducing cost growth by 80-100%
- Significantly improving safety records
- Meeting or exceeding all project engineering goals
- Putting enjoyment back into the daily work lives of all participants
- Meeting budgets and schedules
- Reducing or eliminating costly litigation
- Reducing paperwork by up to 50%
Strategic Partnering is a firm commitment to establish improved working relationships between key stakeholders of a project. Strategic Partnering is the process of discussing common objectives and the strategies for achieving these objectives.
Creating these strategic partnerships is done through developing relationships, trust, and unity. Another critical element is communicating, clarifying and solidifying the expectations of all parties. This important step can eliminate conflict.
In spite of all the attention given to Strategic Partnering, anyone who has even tried to organize a project knows how hard it can be to get the whole team “on board” to ensure that everyone knows where the project is headed and agrees on what it will take to succeed. A Strategic Partnering workshop will facilitate your project’s success.
Team Building workshops usually include some structured exercises that may focus on unity, trust, or the importance of common objectives. Team Building emphasizes interactive group processes, the “how” of effective group behavior.
Teams that succeed have eight characteristics in common:
Generally, the participants in a Team Building workshop come away with a greater understanding of their own strengths and areas needing improvement, and a greater appreciation of how they as individuals can contribute effectively to group activity.
Possible content areas and team activities:
Traditionally, consultants have been expected to provide solutions to a client’s problem. Customized facilitation is an approach and a process which allows the answers to emerge from within your organization. As a result, participants own the solutions. This ownership develops the strength, motivation and direction required to produce results.
Customized Facilitation has been used sucessfully with:
Strategic Planning is the process by which the guiding members of the organization develop a vision of the future and define a road map for attaining that future.
While strategic planning is usually conducted for the organization as a whole, functional units of the organization and particular lines of business may also conduct strategic planning for their domain.
Strategic planning can be:
• In accordance to the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, or
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