Ted Abernathy, Chamber Executive magazine, Summer 2011

Article discusses the importance of local governments and organizations in an area working together to achieve a specific, narrowly defined common goal guided by an agreed-upon plan. The greatest benefit of such collaborations is regional economic growth.

Five methods for improving collaboration are described:

  1. Understand everyone's motivation - people collaborate when it is in their interest to do so.
  2. Build the team - teams take time to evolve and build trust. Trust is necessary for effective action.
  3. Effective leadership - the glue that binds partners together in a collaboration.
  4. Narrowly define the groups charge - narrow focus improve opportunity for successful collaboration, broad agenda creates opportunities for division.
  5. Build collaborative capacity - partners, staff and volunteers are all required to ensure the resources are available to make action possible.
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