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Are you available?

This question seems so easy. We look at our calendar, and if there is nothing listed on the calendar, then we say yes. Right? Or perhaps we have something scheduled on our calendar, but it’s time to write or work

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Are you available?

This question seems so easy. We look at our calendar, and if there is nothing listed on the calendar, then we say yes. Right? Or perhaps we have something scheduled on our calendar, but it’s time to write or work

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Are you available?

This question seems so easy. We look at our calendar, and if there is nothing listed on the calendar, then we say yes. Right? Or perhaps we have something scheduled on our calendar, but it’s time to write or work

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Practicing Thankfulness Part 3

Although the Thanksgiving holiday is over, we can continue to practice thankfulness as we finish the year. We began our discussion on reflection and last week emphasized specific actions that you can take to demonstrate thankfulness to individuals. When we

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Practicing Thankfulness Part 2

Last week, we began our thankfulness in our coalition series. Thankfulness begins with reflection and recognition and then leads us to taking specific action. One of the reasons we often struggle with practicing thankfulness is that we think it needs

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Practicing Thankfulness Part 1

One of my favorite holidays has always been Thanksgiving. Since our rainbow baby was born just a few days after Thanksgiving almost six years ago, I am especially thankful this time of year. In our coalition work, we can easily

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When is it time to reassess what we are doing?

When you are new to coalition building, assessing roles and responsibilities is a natural first step. You spend time figuring out what you need to be doing and what others are doing. If you have been leading coalitions for a

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What do we do when they don’t follow through?

In coalitions, saying “yes” can be easy, but actually doing the work is much more difficult. Even if you have clarified who is doing what and connected people to meaningful roles, follow-through can be challenging. Common barriers to follow through

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How do we set realistic expectations for coalition roles?

While most people who participate in your coalition are interested in the coalition and probably even passionate about the topic, the ability for them to contribute varies considerably. Depending upon your current funding situation, staff, leader and member competency and

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How do we decide who will do what?

Although sometimes in our coalition work, we have to work together to just “get it done,” if we are always approaching our work this way, we will quickly become overwhelmed, weary and burned out. This approach will also impact all

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Who is going to do the work of the coalition?

One of the most important and challenging aspects of leading a coalition – or really any team – is getting clear on roles. When we find ourselves overwhelmed by all of the work or frustrated that no one is volunteering,

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What is it we need to be doing?

When we bring together multi-passionate people toward a common cause, there is an endless number of things that we could be doing. No matter what your area of interest and focus is, there are so many needs and opportunities that

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Let’s stay in touch!

Although building, repairing and restoring get most of the attention in relationships, one of the most exciting aspects of coalition-building is maintaining relationships. These are the relationships that continue for years and often extend beyond a particular position or role.

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Take the time needed

When we experience relationship challenges, we often want them to be fixed immediately. While we can practice the three recommendations from last week’s post that help us repair a relationship, the process of restoring a relationship can take more time.

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10 Keys to Accountability

No one wants to talk about it (and we did – check out Part 1 and Part 2 Masterclasses!) but accountability is an important aspect of coalition building and trust building. When some people are held accountable and others are

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Eight Elements of Effective Meetings

As we head into Spring (and the same thing happens in the Fall), we are facing meetings in every area of our lives! If you are leading groups of volunteers, there is likely a window of a few months in

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Trust: How do you build it?

Last week, we highlighted the importance of trust in coalition building. We can easily say “trust” is important or we want more “trust” in our coalition, but actually building trust takes time and intentionality. Building trust = building and maintaining

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