Collaborative cultures between organisations are liable to weaken, dragged back to traditional or combative relationships by events, pressure and human habit. To achieve your goals and keep a strong collaborative culture you need to maintain it throughout the life cycle of the relationship.

How can EQ Partnering support you?

As you are preparing to work with another organisation we can:

  • Review procurement or bid documentation to ensure it reflects the collaborative relationship you want
  • Assist with partner selection
  • Build collaboration skills and awareness for the people who will be key in the joint endeavour
As you come together we can:

  • Support the senior leadership team and boards to align strategic expectations, confirm the commitment to collaboration, establish a shared vision and culture for collaboration and understand their role and impact as collaborative leaders
  • Support the management and delivery teams to clarify the context, establish terms of reference and develop as a high performing team
  • Agree collaborative behaviours, including developing skills to ready you for the inevitable Storming. We call this Storm Readiness
  • Support the development of a meaningful relationship management plan
  • Suggest the rituals and routines that support collaboration
As conflicting needs and priorities cause issues, and relationships become strained we can:

  • Assess the collaboration using EQ PartnerLink to understand the cause of the conflict
  • Design and facilitate a structured approach to resolve the issues, learn and move on positively
  • Coach team members to resolve issues, using the principles they learn in Storm Readiness
We are very experienced in ad hoc crisis support for collaborations. However, we prefer to build a more proactive and sustainable approach through developing skills in the teams during the forming stage.
As the collaboration becomes established we can:

  • Induct new members about the collaborative principles and culture
  • Provide short refresher activity into regular meetings
  • Promote collaborative leadership role-modelling
  • Identify good examples of collaborative behaviours to create stories and celebration
  • Assess the relationship on a regular basis using EQ PartnerLink
  • Provide specialist support to those responsible for the relationship development plan
  • Identify best practice examples for knowledge management
  • Provide specialist coaching to leaders
No business relationship lasts for ever. As the contract nears to the end we can:

  • Facilitate conversations about what a “good” close out means to each organisation and the likely obstacles to this
  • Consolidate and share the collaboration best practice and knowledge management