Collaboration Teams using SEALL™

Collaboration Teams Using SEALL

First it is important to clarify what is meant by the term “Collaboration” by stating what it isn't. It isn't hiring a vendor, a subcontractor or a minor consultant to supplement your work force to accomplish a goal. It is, however, reaching out and engaging a separate entity that has additional capabilities and resources for the purpose of taking on a special project.

Any collaboration, while being comprised of two or more separate organizations, must still work together as a single organization if it hopes to make it through the project stresses and conflicts that challenge even the best fully integrated organizations.

When viewing Collaborations in these terms it is easy to see why designing and engaging in them is such a complex and volatile business exercise. It is also not difficult to see why so many of them fail to reach their potential, often causing disastrous results in the process. In fact, so many Collaborations fail that many executives shy away from attempting them completely not wanting to “get burned” again.

However, there are some opportunities that are so attractive that it is bad business not attempt to go after them. So, if you had a tool that maximizes the chances of success and minimizes the risk of failure your organization could confidently position itself to capture business and opportunities it otherwise would have to leave for the competition.

Our proprietary SEALL process is an acronym that contains the 5 main considerations and benchmarks that must be addressed and vetted thoroughly in order to look deeper than just the abilities or energy of a potential partner. Created after years of experience creating collaborations in the business, non-profit and political arenas, and using the best practices of each environment, the SEALL process introduces metrics in 5 areas which provide crucial data points and information that allow you to delve deeply into assessing the chances for success.

By thoroughly vetting potential partners through each of the 5 SEALL steps one is able to get a much deeper understanding of their level of commitment; the reasons behind that commitment; the types and degrees of capabilities they offer; their actual ability to produce and other crucial factors. All of which are key indicators that secretly determine whether your collaboration will succeed or fail.

This process is so thorough that it is also an excellent tool for the originating organization to use on itself in order to determine its overall level of commitment and capability to undertake the project prior to reaching out to potential partners.

By learning to design Collaboration Teams using the SEALL process and then using the facilitation and communication methodologies of our Bigger Know Principles your chances of achieving success and avoiding disastrous breakdowns is multiplied significantly.

When properly designed and implemented Collaborations can “gazelle” your organization to a new level of profitability and help it to capture large pieces of market share it would otherwise have to surrender to others.

So the next time you are facing the need to design a Collaboration in order to compete at a higher level contact us and let us put the SEALL process to work for you.

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