Building Partnerships to Build Mission: From Reactivity to Creativity

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January 8, 2015

No matter what the size of a nonprofit organization, high functioning partnerships are required for success. Today’s business and social problems are just too complex to go it alone without collaboration. This is true at all levels of relationships: between employees, between employees and their managers, between managers and executive directors, between executive directors and their boards, between board members, and between organizations. Yet, partnerships are very difficult to initiate and sustain. Complexity, ambiguity, uncertainty, and pressure are ubiquitous and, even in the most successful partnerships, create substantial risk for reactivity—disruptions in productive communication. This occurs even when everyone has the best of intentions and the best interpersonal skills.

What you will gain from this workshop?

This workshop will focus on foundational concepts and methods which help to sustain creativity and step-by-step progress in partnerships even in the most difficult of situations. These concepts and methods are surprisingly simple and accessible. Yet, they are quite difficult to apply consistently.

With awareness, discipline, courage, and persistence, every conversation can become an opportunity to steadily take steps toward the partnerships you want to create inside and outside your organization.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why and how reactivity causes disruptions in partnerships.
  • Define the steps to move from reactivity to creativity


Neil Baker, MD, has served as a leader, consultant and speaker with organizations known nationally and internationally for innovation. Examples of organizations he has worked with include Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, Washington, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Impact BC in Vancouver, Canada. In his leadership career, his scope of responsibilities ranged from front-line management of a 70 staff unit to senior leadership of quality for a statewide $1 billion healthcare delivery system.  Neil has an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and a B.S. from Stanford University.

COST: Free


Keynote Forum Messages to Consider

Our October 23 community forum,  Tri-Cities 20/20 Looking Beyond Tomorrow, gave attendees an opportunity to hear and speak to the perspectives of relevant experts in the realm of sustainability in eastern Washington. Two panels of local leaders representing a variety of sectors brought their valuable perspectives to the conversation as well.

Don Schjeldahl, site selection expert, returned to Tri-Cities to follow on his work as part of the TADZO team hired by TRIDEC to conduct a New Economy Market Analysis reported on last March. He opened the forum by posing the questions:

What is sustainability?

Why does it matter?

triple bottom line graphic

Review Schjeldahl’s presentation The Business Case for Community Sustainability.

Dave Andersen led the second half of the forum, accompanied by a different set of panelists. As the Eastern Regional Manager for the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Growth Management Services office, Dave applied his deep appreciation for the usefulness of the GMA (Growth Management Act) to the conversation at hand.

3 bridges, 3 cities

Review Andersen’s presentation Competitiveness & Sustainability: The Role of Place