Meeting the Collaboration Challenge

Meeting the Collaboration Challenge

Today, leaders from all three sectors recognize the importance of what author James E. Austin, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, calls "leading beyond the walls." To help nonprofits meet this challenge, the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management has issued Meeting the Collaboration Challenge Workbook (86 pages, PDF), a companion volume to Austin's previous book, The Collaboration Challenge: How Nonprofits and Businesses Succeed Through Strategic Alliances (Jossey-Bass, April 2000). This handy guide to an often-complicated, ever-fluid task organizes the work into four phases: prepraration (identify assets and capabilities, determine benefits, review goals); planning (map relationships, research potential alliances, design a marketing approach); development (create a purpose statement and management plan for each alliance); and renewal (prepare an appraisal, renew your objectives, review your portfolio of alliances). Each step in the four-stage process is accompanied by a handy worksheet that can be downloaded as a standalone from the Drucker Foundation Web site. With appendices.

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