Partnering involves two or more organizations working collaboratively toward long term business objectives. They key is to maximize the effectiveness of each participants’ resources in successfully delivering the business requirements – be it a large construction project, a product launch, or other new initiative.
For many organizations, this requires changing traditional “individualized” relationships to a “shared culture” relationship without regard to organizational boundaries. The partnering relationship is based upon trust, dedication to common goals, an understanding of each other’s individual expectations and values, and a full commitment to success.
By employing a partnering system to your project, you can be more successful in terms of:
- Scope – how well the project meets the operational requirements
- Budget – how well the project meets the financial constraints
- Time – how well the project meets the schedule constraints
- Quality – how well the project meets the quality needs and parameters
- Safety – how well the project employs appropriate levels of operational risk management.
While the partnering process will vary depending on the above characteristics, it all starts with a series of formal partnering sessions, transforming into a philosophy on how the project is managed through the collaborative efforts of all the stakeholders.
There are no one-size-fits-all meeting plans here. Kristin uses a 4-step process to create and facilitate meetings that are customized to your outcomes, company culture, and the players involved.
1. Get Ready
Kristin talks with the meeting sponsor and gets crystal clear on the objectives. She’ll help you turn your general ideas into targeted deliverables.
2. Design the Meeting
In designing a meeting, Kristin’s goal is to truly “step into the shoes” of the people involved. She goes to great lengths to understand your company’s issues, culture, and unique challenges.
Before the meeting even begins, Kristin solicits the ideas of meeting attendees to discover areas of agreement—and where they don’t agree. She deploys a variety of tools and techniques to gather data, including attendee interviews and Web-based surveys.
The result? A meeting uniquely tailored to your group, that engages participants and gets your goals accomplished.
3. Facilitate the Meeting
Kristin guides the conversation and keep things high-energy and on track. During the meeting, she captures action steps as they arise. At the end, she confirms any agreed-upon action items that need to be done, and who is accountable for them.
4. Follow Up
Your meeting is only as good as the actions that come from it. Kristin ensures there’s a structure in place so you can maintain momentum. She’ll evaluate the session with you to create next steps.
Kristin Arnold is a very capable and experienced facilitator who works effectively with a varied group of executives. As a team builder, she is skilled at drawing people out, navigating intense emotions, and soliciting valuable information in a short period of time. Her calm professionalism and exceptional leadership skills forced group participants to stay focused while she pulled in all points of view and captured the information in a useable and insightful way. In the end, her planning and meeting facilitation enabled us to set priorities and commit to an action plan.
Erica McGill Manager, Marketing Communications, Semantech
I am sure we would not have gotten to the same place if you had not helped keep us on task.
Kurt Kriter, VP, Environmental Health & Safety, Hess Corporation