Creating & Sustaining Collaborations

Today's environment calls for organizations to fully leverage their capacity.  Collaboration is more important than ever as a means to better serve clients with complex needs and more efficiently utilize resources.  Whether you are involved in a statewide effort, a cross-sector collaboration or want your work team to be more cohesive and productive, this four-part training will offer you a common framework.  In this series, you will develop a clear road map to effectively implement collaborative practices.

This training series will provide you with the tools to build and maintain strong, collaborative relationships that generate exceptional outcomes.  You will acquire practical understanding of the human dynamics that support and also undermine collaboration.  You will see and understand the way to come together, stay together and work together to reach important goals that realize a shared vision.

Learning Objectives
- Improve the ability of your team to work together and with community partners in harmony toward a common vision using the collaborative skill set
- Become an effective agent for positive change, fluent in the language of collaboration and organizational change
- Develop specific navigation skills to assess the current climate for collaboration, identify specific needs and potential barriers and chart a course to improved mission performance

I Forming: Engaging the Framework with Clarity
December 4, 2012, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Understand the critical role of dialogue as the foundation of collaboration.  Apply five structural elements that will strengthen the ability to work together.  Use a comprehensive evaluation tool to identify strengths and areas to improve your current capacity to collaborate as evidenced by specific behaviors and key perceptions.

II Storming: Bridging Differences With Respect
December 6, 2012, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Gain confidence to approach conflict and differences as an opportunity instead of a problem.  Apply seven essential principles that can transform conflict into respectful, productive agreement.  Learn to manage tension and remain centered amidst difficulty and the challenging behavior of others.

III Norming: Making Tough Choices With Integrity
December 11, 2012, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Combine dialogue skills with a practical approach to core values and ethical judgment when the group or organization faces difficult, sometimes painful choices.  Follow a clear road map to a credible, sustainable decision.

IV Performing: Charting the Course With Wisdom
December 18, 2012, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Make wise plans that integrate mission and values with purposeful, productive action.  Use a series of templates that will help your group lay out the path to realize a shared vision.


Multi-organization collaborations, organizations considering collaborating and internal work teams that want to work collaboratively or want to improve their collaborative relationships.

Mark Bennett, J.D., Decision Resources, Inc. co-author of A Field Guide to Good Decisions - Values in Action and The Art of Mediation. Mark is a professional mediator and organization consultant.  He has worked with local, regional and international nonprofit organizations to help them build cultures of collaboration.

December 4th, 2012 8:30 AM   through   12:30 PM
Center for Nonprofit Excellence, United Way of Central New Mexico
2340 Alamo SE, 2nd Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States
Phone: 505-247-3671
for 4 Sessions $ 100.00

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