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What do I want to be about the same this year?

While a new year often brings new ideas, energy, perspectives and a list of “things to change.” Not everything always needs to change. You may have done some incredible work last year in areas of your life that you would

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What do I want to be about the same this year?

While a new year often brings new ideas, energy, perspectives and a list of “things to change.” Not everything always needs to change. You may have done some incredible work last year in areas of your life that you would

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Jennifer Redmond Knight Horizontal Divider

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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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It’s only a matter of time

One of the most rewarding things about coalition work is developing, growing and sustaining relationships. If we are honest, relationships can also be challenging (some more than others!) 🙂 When we work with diverse relationships and engage with people who

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Now is the time to nurture

We have all kinds of encouragement to build relationships from our boards, funders and coalition supporters. Occasionally, we will hear that we should “sustain” or “maintain” relationships. While both of these are important, we also need to talk about what

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Three keys to building new relationships

Coalition work is all about relationships. Although we may have the name of an “organization” listed as our member or partner, we do not work with an organization. In coalition relationships, just like any other relationship, we need to spend

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Re-invent to renew your energy

We are all on a journey. Whether you have been leading coalitions, teams or partnerships for a few weeks or 20+ years, you have developed practices, routines and rituals that set expectations for participation and engagement. If you have been

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Reflect so that you can protect

Whenever we develop a workplan or a coalition strategic plan, focusing on action and implementation is easy but finding time for reflection is difficult. Although we may include evaluation, many times it becomes a “check the box” type of activity.

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Jennifer Redmond Knight Horizontal Divider

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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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