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%

Partnering Test If you answer yes to any question then you need partnering.  Would you like to have no claims at the end of the project?  Would you like to decrease budget overruns? □  Would you like to reduce or eliminate time delays? □  Would you like to increase safety on the job site? □  Would you like to realize value-engineering savings? □  Would you like to have minimal or no growth of the contract amount? □  Would you like to have a quality project with all of the above benefits?

Strategic Partnering

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.

Strategic Partnering Curve - how to progress from vendor to critical supplier to partner to principal partner to strategic ally

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.

Conflict equals a violation of expectations

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

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.

TEAM  Together Everyone Achieves More

Teams that succeed have eight characteristics in common:

8 Characteristics of teams that succeed

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:

Team Building Content Areas and Team Activities:  Stages of Team Growth, Clarifying Team Rules, Identifying Mutual Expectations, Resolving Team Conflict,Group Decision Making, Defining Team Goals, Setting Team Ground Rules, Team Interaction Skills, Team Problem-Solving Skills, Dealing with Poor Performers, Moving to Group Maturity, Facilitating Team Communication, Holding Effective Meetings, Defining Team Norms, Building Trust, Individuality and Team Accountability

Customized Facilitation

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 Process:  Determine Desired Outcomes, Get input from Stakeholders, Process the Information, Facilitate Group Discussion, Develop Action Plans, Implement and Evaluate

Customized Facilitation has been used sucessfully with:

Customized Facilitation Has Been Used In These Circumstances:  School Boards, Government Councils, Project Management, Fostering Creativity, Problem Solving, Dialogue, Internal Teaming, Community Groups, Management Teams, Addressing Conflict, Forming New Relationships, Building Consensus,Improving Communications, Changing Group Dynamics, Managing Meetings

Strategic Planning

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.

Strategic Planning Process:  Vision, Mission Statement, Goals, Objectives, and Action Plans

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
• Customized

Corporate Retreats

Let Cal design and facilitate your corporate retreat. Examples of when a professional facilitator is used are:

Corporate Retreats:  Strategic Planning, Organizational Assessment, Strategic Positioning, Team Building, Integration of New Key Players, Conflict Resolution, Improving Communications