Partnerships involve sectors, agencies, technical advisers, and practitioners, working to achieve agreed upon goals. Those partnerships that bring in expertise from outside the community are external or vertical partnerships. There are three stages:
St. Johns held a one day workshop. The workshop brought approximately sixty community members together. They included local residents, retired professionals and representatives from various non-government and government agencies associated with health education, social welfare, recreation and youth serves.
I dont think you ever arrived. How good a listener can you be? How patient can you be? How compassionate? Its like asking a golfer, how good a golfer can you be? How good can a musician be? Would anyone striving for excellence say, "Im finally at the end of my learning. Im as good at this as I can possibly be." No, they achieve higher levels of excellence by continually striving to improve. Still, I recognize that in certain situations a leader can achieve a level of efficiency and cohesiveness with their organization; but these instances should be only goals, not end points.
This principle also holds true for managers. If you want effective leadership skills and personal strengths, you never stop improving. One reason is that there are infinite people skills and infinite types of personal strengths. No one can be strong in all of them. Mastery is a continuous lifelong journey.
The journey begins when youre in charge of your first group. You realize that getting the best work from people isnt easy. You make mistakes. But it’s necessary to recognize that mistakes are one of the best ways to learn. Learn from each experience, learn from your feedback, and learn from the coaching you get from more experienced managers and mentors. The learning happens when you actually try something different.
Self-awareness is a major factor. Listen to feedback. Take an honest look at yourself, and youll know what you should