To maximise any partnership, the right foundations must be in place
The number one priority is an agreement by all parties on the shared goal, outcome and target.
All members must be heading in the same direction for any partnership or association to work. Time frames, scope, deliverables and budgets all have to be broken down and clarified. Boundaries also need to be clearly stated, along with the accountabilities, responsibilities and ownership.
The agreement should also include the fundamentals of who does what, who leads or primes, who contributes, who influences and who ultimately signs off. Regular clear communications and project transparency is absolutely key, with an agreed use of terminology and approach, common platforms, aligned processes and key milestones all jointly committed to.