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
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?
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?
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?
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?
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”.