Sometimes people working in partnership with others can become frustrated when it seems that after all the effort invested in the partnership, the group has accomplished only one or two major objectives. In this video, Phill Butler shares why it is important to keep perspective on progress, because partnership objectives – by nature – are greater than what any one organization can accomplish alone.
In this video story, Andy Rittenhouse reflects on the struggles experienced while trying to form a church-community collaboration in a public housing roundtable. Looking back, he highlights the importance of having a dedicated facilitator, following a defined process, and keeping the momentum going in partnership development.
In this video story, Andy Rittenhouse reflects on lessons learned through a church-community collaboration in a single parent roundtable. Looking back, he highlights the importance of the partnership providing strong support for the facilitator and the importance of defining limited achievable objectives which can create positive forward momentum.
Some people wrongly assume that a partnership facilitator should not have a strongly held personal vision. In this video story, Phill Butler argues that partnerships must be led by men and women with a strong commitment to a personal vision, without which it will be difficult to persevere through the challenges of building a partnership. “The problem,” Butler says, “is when you try to impose your vision on other people without their ownership.” The secret to powerful partnerships, Butler says, is to partner with others who have a general commitment to the same area, and then to ask: “Is there anything that we might do better together than if we work separately?”