Conflict and Partnership Leadership
- Partnership leaders typically hold the responsibility of resolving conflicts that emerge.
- Prospective members need to recognize this responsibility as part of the job description when they consider joining partnership leadership.
- Conflict resolution practices that provide opportunities and mechanisms that are both formal and informal appear effective across partnerships.
- Early partnerships experience conflict from the personalities or persons involved (as individuals) or the perceptions of the roles and goals of the organization represented by persons joining the partnership
- Mature partnerships view conflict as welcome and necessary for the group to evolve and maintain trust
- Personality-driven conflict dissipates as relational trust grows
- Priority-driven conflict declines as responsibility-based forms of trust grow
Building Trust and Sustainability
- How do you define trust within your partnership?
- Trust can be defined as one party’s willingness to be vulnerable to another party based on the confidence that the latter party is benevolent, reliable, competent, honest, and open.
- How do you build trust within your partnership?
- Successful partnerships build on trust by being specific about the goals they have and regularly evaluating and re-aligning goals, as well as commit to the time required to achieve those goals.
- What is the purpose of trust within your partnership?
- The purpose of trust in collaboration is to make inter-organizational relations function more effectively by reducing complexity and fostering cooperation in ways that more formal contracts cannot.
- Have you considered different forms of trust? How are these addressed within your partnership?
- Relational trust is defined by the personal connections that individuals have within the movement.
- Responsibility-based trust is defined by duties or roles.
What supports partnership sustainability?
- Partnership leadership/governance
- Desire or interest to end human trafficking
- Quality of efforts and shared goals
- Multidisciplinary or multi-agency partnership
- Legislative Support
- Resolving conflict or address tough personalities
- Open communication
- A sustainability plan is a tool that considers a full range of necessary resources and outlines specific strategies and action items toward long-term viability. Sustainability planning includes:
- Vision: What does sustainability look like? Ensure the sustainability vision aligns with the organization identity.
- Results orientation: Develop short and long-term goals specific to achieving the sustainability vision, define specific action items under each goal that will help the project move forward, define benchmarks to assess progress toward sustainability goals.
- Strategies: Determine specific action items for developing and maintaining key partnerships necessary for sustainability.
- Resources: Outline the resources needed for sustainability and strategies for securing and maintaining resources.
Key Trust and Sustainability Resources
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