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From Partnership to Impact: Forging, Convening, and Funding Cross-Sector Collaborations

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For decades, individuals and organizations have been trying to solve our greatest challenges through siloed solutions. More recently, we have seen significant growth in the use and diversity of models of cross sector collaboration, in part, because as Albert Einstein recognized, "The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.”

Some of these efforts are able to create meaningful collaborations and drive measurable impact, while others end up doing more co-blab-orating, than collaborating. So what differentiates high-impact collaborations and what roles can volunteers play in supporting their success? Through independent research and observation, the Presidio Institute has identified cross sector leadership skills that effective leaders and collaborations use in their practice. Because cross sector collaborations operate outside of traditional methods of authority and accountability, a key component of this work is building teams. In this session, we will explore the importance of developing trust, managing power dynamics and conflict, and fostering an innovative culture to successfully build alliances to solve problems and achieve shared goals.

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From Partnership to Impact: Forging, Convening, and Funding Cross-Sector Collaborations

  1. 1. 11/25/2015 1 FROM PARTNERSHIP TO IMPACT – FORGING, CONVENING, AND FUNDING CROSS SECTOR COLLABORATIONS Presenter: David Styers PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 2 • Manager of Program & Business Development at Presidio Institute • Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource and Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership • Former Board President of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and Volunteer Alexandria • Former Senior Director at Points of Light DAVID STYERS
  2. 2. 11/25/2015 2 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 3 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 4 • Presidio Trust initiative located at historic Fort Scott, a stunning 20-acre campus overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge • Provides transformational experiences that inspire, encourage and empower leaders to make positive impact in their communities • http://institute.presidio.gov • www.leaderosity.com PRESIDIO INSTITUTE
  3. 3. 11/25/2015 3 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 5 Leadership LEADERSHIP PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 6 LEADERSHIP ISN’T THE SAME AS… A POSITION
  4. 4. 11/25/2015 4 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 7 LEADERSHIP ISN’T THE SAME AS… MANAGEMENT PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 8 LEADERSHIP ISN’T THE SAME AS… IMPOSING SOLUTIONS
  5. 5. 11/25/2015 5 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 9 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 10 ZONE OF PRODUCTIVE DISEQUILIBRIUM Heat Time Where Change Can Happen Where Change is Avoided Danger! Fear! Anxiety! ZPD Status Quo Fight or Flight Adapted from Cambridge Leadership Associates
  6. 6. 11/25/2015 6 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 11 Leadership SECTOR PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 12 COMMON THINKING ABOUT SECTORS Government Nonprofit Business Tax-Code Designations Industries Technology Health Care Finance
  7. 7. 11/25/2015 7 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 13 Collaboration CROSS SECTOR COLLABORATION PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 14 THE INTEREST-BASED FRAME Source: What Barriers? Insights from Solving Problems through Cross-Sector Partnerships
  8. 8. 11/25/2015 8 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 15 CROSS SECTOR COLLABORATIONS OFTEN FEELS LIKE PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 16 CROSS SECTOR COLLABORATION SHOULD FEEL LIKE
  9. 9. 11/25/2015 9 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 17 HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR TEAM IS COLLABORATING? Source: Chris Thompson’s Regional Physics Blog CO-BLAB-ORATION COLLABORATION Focused on assigning blame or taking credit Focused on outcomes Stakeholders participate to protect Stakeholders participate to generate value Opinions rule Data is king Talk exceeds action Actions emerge from engagement Informal process Intentional, rigorous process PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 18 SO WHAT IS CROSS SECTOR LEADERSHIP? • The practice of building alliances of individuals working within and across sectors that together have a role in solving a problem and achieving a shared goal. • This work requires people who can facilitate the members of these alliances in confronting their challenges, adjusting their values, changing perspectives, and learning new habits.
  10. 10. 11/25/2015 10 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 19 CROSS SECTOR LEADERSHIP SKILLS PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 20 • How do we get to know one another as people? • How do we create space to understand one another’s experiences, work, training, and pressures? • How do we build and maintain empathy for one another and commitment to the work? • How do we build the resilience to be able to speak frankly without fear? I. DEVELOPING TRUST
  11. 11. 11/25/2015 11 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 21 THE STOKE PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 22 • Name • City you were born • City where you currently live or work • One thing you like best about volunteering A NEW WAY OF INTRODUCTIONS
  12. 12. 11/25/2015 12 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 23 IDEATION: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP WAYS TO DEVELOP TRUST? PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 24 Framing the Discussion 1. Position as an individual 2. Position of organization or community 3. Expertise 4. Charisma 5. Resources II. MANAGING POWER DYNAMICS & CONFLICT
  13. 13. 11/25/2015 13 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 25 • What’s the source of your power? • What's a time that you used it for good? • What’s a time you could have used it more effectively? Or that it got away from you? REFLECTION QUESTIONS PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 26 1. How can you use your power to enable those without (or with less power) to have an equal voice? 2. What’s worked? What hasn’t? What conflicts does it create and why? QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
  14. 14. 11/25/2015 14 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 27 “I take it that everyone is in basic agreement about this decision?” Alfred P. Sloan, long-time president and chairman of General Motors, would say in a meeting. Everyone would nod yes. Sloan would replied, “Then I suggest we postpone the decision. Until we have some disagreement, we don’t understand the problem.” NEVER SHY AWAY PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 28 THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT
  15. 15. 11/25/2015 15 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 29 1. Be open to new information, ideas, and ways of defining the problem and developing solutions 2. Develop and test hunches 3. Recognize that failure is necessary 4. Don’t be satisfied until ultimate goal is achieved III. FOSTERING AN INNOVATION CULTURE PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 30 • Missed more than 9000 shots in career • Lost almost 300 games • 26 times, missed game winning shot • Failed over and over and over again FAILFEST
  16. 16. 11/25/2015 16 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 31 • Identify a story from your personal or work life where you tried to do something and failed – Why did you fail (try and generate at least 3 reasons)? – What did you learn from failing? – Has this informed how you approach other things? FAILFEST PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 32 • What did the team members’ stories have in common? What makes failure feel less bad and more like learning? What could you commit to as a group to enable folks to learn together? • How do you innovate in your program design, reporting, structure, etc. FAILFEST DEBRIEF
  17. 17. 11/25/2015 17 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 33 LET’S TALK! PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 34 • Is difficult and messy, but can produce more powerful solutions than silos • Has a greater chance of success if you spend the time to build the team • Has no recipe because it depends on the people – use your judgement and try things until you figure out what works best CROSS SECTOR COLLABORATION
  18. 18. 11/25/2015 18 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 35 PRESIDIO INSTITUTE TWITTER: @PRESIDIOINST #XSECTOR 36 IT WAS GREAT… Thank you… Let us know how the Presidio Institute can help you! Phone: 415-561-4480 http://institute.presidio.gov/ 1201 Ralston Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

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