Guest Speaker Talks Planning Best Practices

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in ComLead, Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations

When people hear collaboration, many people think of something positive. But, there are two types of organizations: the normal and the abnormal, and both handle collaboration very differently. The normal are typically those that want to be in collaborative partnerships and see a positive end in sight. The abnormal are those that do not want to be involved in a partnership and have difficulty seeing any benefit in the collaboration. It is in these situations when facilitators such as Sister Regina Murphy, Director of Research and Planning at the Dioceses of Buffalo, must step in and offer their expertise and knowledge in order to reach a successful outcome.

Sister Regina Murphy has worked with the Dioceses of Buffalo for the last 28 years. As it was mentioned above, she helps to facilitate many of the mergers and collaborations within the Dioceses. On Monday April 18th she spoke with Communication and Leadership students in the Partnership and Not-for-Profits course about how she handles these partnerships. Below are just a few of her suggested best practices for planning.

  1. Before ever starting a planning process, the process should be planned out. What is the end view? Who will provide leadership for the process? Form a leadership committee to plan details.
  2. Communicate as much information as possible as often as possible to as many people as possible. Answer all letters, phone calls, etc. This is a perfect opportunity to educate the opposition.
  3. Gather, study, and share all the pertinent information you can think of to explain the need for a planning process. You will need to do the same in order to support every decision resulting from the process as well. Decisions that will be made need to be based on solid facts so that you will have no difficulty defending the decisions that are made.

Despite the differences between partnerships with normal and abnormal organizations, they both still need strong leadership, to be transparent and to communicate at all levels. Without these three things any partnership could be subject to failure.

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