Make a Strategic Alliance and Achieve More Priorities

Make a Strategic Alliance

Ever consider what’s involved to make a strategic alliance? It’s important because your time might be better spent in allowing someone else to carry out a critical function. Align with them to create a win-win situation. Doing this might open up new possibilities and opportunities that you never imagined.

Often we think we can do it all ourselves. This either comes about because of naiveté or pride. Far down the road we realize that we need help, but by then we have lost time, spent money and created more frustration than we ever wanted to deal with.

There is power in alliance. A team can move forward, bringing the best out in each member. Structure the relationship for success. Be clear about responsibilities. Welcome creativity, input and innovation. Be bigger than you are alone with a well-placed alliance.

 Our power as individuals comes not from our independence, but from our interdependence, our interactions, and the way we relate to the people and the opportunities around us.  Donna Fisher and Sandy Vilas, Power Networking

Five Days of Action

Day One

How adept are you at finding people better than yourself? Today is an awareness day. What cause, project or program is a priority for you? How could you create significant movement by creating an alliance? What moves you forward or holds you back in aligning with others?

Day Two

Make a list of individuals or organizations you respect who are really good at doing some particular thing. How much of what they do is in alignment with what you need done?

Day Three

Today, think about the nature and substance of creating alliances. What needs to be agreed to? Written down? Checked up on? Divided up? What’s needed to create win-wins? What’s needed to give you a level of confidence and security to share and collaborate fully?

Day Four

Create an alliance around something that will return a significant benefit to you. Don’t worry about what anyone else might think. What’s important enough to you and the other party to make the alliance of value?

Day Five

Who’s on your team? How many really effective teams are you a part of? Optimize your most important teams. Assess changes you absolutely know need to be made and make them. Trust your gut and ask key people to be a part of your team. They may say “yes”. The worst they can do is be flattered and say “no”.

Whether dealing with burnout, planning a new initiative or refocusing the organization on priorities, sometimes one conversation can change everything. If you think a conversation might be of benefit to you, one or your leaders or your organization, I invite you to contact me.