cross sector collaboration

4 Questions to Ask & Answer When Engaging in Cross-Sector Collaboration

4 Questions to Ask & Answer When Engaging in Cross-Sector Collaboration

For some reason, there is a pervasive belief that people and organizations know how to engage in cross-sector collaborations.  As my colleague Chris Thompson likes to remind me, in 2006, the the Council on Competitiveness aptly described cross-sector collaboration as an "unnatural act among non-consenting adults."  So, why does the myth persist that organizations and their representatives who participate in collaborations don't need to change their behaviors to engage in collaboration?  And why do many funders continue to invest in collaborations, but often forego investing in the skills, capacities, structures, and processes of the collaborators?

I wish I knew.  Instead, I'm going to share what I do know -- 4 questions to ask before engaging in cross-sector collaboration.

5 Practical Resources on Cross-Sector Leadership & Collaboration

5 Practical Resources on Cross-Sector Leadership & Collaboration

Since 2003, my work has involved building and staffing, providing technical support to and building the leadership capacity of cross-sector collaborations.  Even in 2003 the idea wasn’t new – organizations had been working together across boundaries for decades – however there weren’t a lot of practical resources on building effective collaborations. In the last 10 years, that’s changed a lot.  So, I figured I’d share some of my favorite practical resources and recommend a few websites where you can go deeper on cross-sector leadership and collaboration