Setting the tone

Recently while conducting one of our short course training programs, we were debriefing a role play scenario when I was reminded again just how critical it is to ‘set the tone’ for early meetings of potential partners.

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The importance of trust

In recent weeks I have come to reflect on number of partnering projects where major tensions and delays have occurred. It was clear in these projects that the key impediment to progress was the lack of trust between some of the partners.

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The skills to partner and get results

As more and more organisations embrace cross sector partnering to enable their collective impact or shared value initiatives, the focus is turning to how we can get best results from this type of collaboration? And how do we build the capability and skills of those involved in cross sector partnering quickly?

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The zipper approach

One of the greatest challenges when partnering is getting enough commitment and support throughout each of the partner organisations to get results. We often find that while the individuals who engage at the partnering table make real progress, unless they have support back within each of their organisations little action will take place.

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Bringing in new people

As a partnering initiative progresses it is inevitable that at some stage you may lose a key person from one of the partner organisations. So how do you manage this so that the partnership does not go backwards?

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Are your partners sitting on the fence?

In the early stages of partnering we usually see the champions taking the lead, bringing potential partners together, exploring and scoping possibilities and facilitating discussions. And while partners may be engaged in these early discussions, are they just sitting on the fence?

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Partnering for Shared Value

In 2016 OZ Minerals (OZM) and the Kokotha Aboriginal Corporation (KAC) developed a Partnering Agreement and Native Title Mining Agreement for the new Carrapateena Mine in just 12 months. A case study of their agreement making process has recently been published in the June 2019 edition of the AusIMM magazine.

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NEW - Partnering Agreements - E Course

This short course on Partnering Agreements explores what partnering agreements are, what should be in them and how you can develop effective agreements with other partners. It includes plenty of tips and techniques for developing partnering agreements and reviews a number of actual agreements.

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Partnering Tip: Getting 'Buy In'

Have you ever been in a partnering process and become frustrated because others at the table seem to be sitting on the fence? Perhaps your partnering has been working really well and then someone leaves - does it all fall over? Or has one of your partners has just failed to deliver on their commitments?

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Partnering Training in 2019

With massive interest in cross sector partnering globally there is an ever growing number of training programs available both here in Australia and around the world. Here we look at some of the offerings available from DPS and our Affiliate organisations in 2019.

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Its not an easy road - Kokoda 2018

Earlier this year Ian Dixon ventured to PNG to undertake the Kokoda Track as part of a fundraising trek for White Ribbon. The challenge was demanding but immensely satisfying. In this article Ian reflects on his journey and the learnings that can be applied to the field of cross sector partnering.

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Building Partnering Capability

As more and more organisations embrace cross sector partnering to solve complex issues or tough challenges, the focus is turning to how we can get the best results from this type of collaboration?  One essential ingredient which is often overlooked is building partnering capability within partnering organisations. 

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