How will you communicate within the partnership?
Communication is the key to effective team working: it builds relationships within the partnership, addresses problems before they start and makes people feel included. The best way to establish good communication is to ensure regular contact is built into your partnership. Alongside meetings, this could include weekly or monthly phone calls, emails or text messages. Find out people’s preferred means of communication and use that to maintain contact.
The most important point is to make people aware of any developments and changes in the partnership and its aims. Good communication also goes two ways. If partners have particular concerns, time pressures, or will be out of contact for any period, then make sure there is a mechanism in place for them to inform the rest of the partnership and for their responsibilities to be covered.
How will you monitor progress?
You will need to continually monitor your progress against your aims and objectives, keeping partners informed of progress and making any necessary changes to your plans. Setting realistic goals and deadlines, and knowing which of these you can be flexible with, are important for your project to run smoothly and your milestones to be met. You should also consider alternative options should your first idea not work out as planned
How do you keep partners motivated?
Acknowledge that your project may not always be your partners’ priority, but if you know why your partners are involved, then it will enable you to better motivate your partnership to achieve its goals. Respecting your partners’ needs and ambitions, as well as respecting different styles of working, will help your team work better. Don’t forget to thank people for their time and contributions.