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Self-Assessment, Data Collection, and a Growth-Based Mindset

Posted By Noel B. Richards, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

“Most of the time, problems with partnerships are with our own company,” said Parth Amin, CSAP, founding principal of Alliance Dynamics. He made the point while co-leading the workshop “Improving the Partnering Capability: From Self-Assessment to Action” at the 2019 ASAP Global Alliance Summit, taking place at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Amin and Erica Murphy, CA-AM, consultant at Alliance Dynamics, led the audience through the process of assessing the efficacy of their alliances and determining where improvements could be made by using the new team version of the Partnering Capability Assessment Platform tool developed by ASAP in partnership with UK-based New Information Paradigms.

The two executives educated the audience about a universal set of attributes vital to partnership success and then asked participants to assess themselves based on the “Partnering Maturity Model.” (This model and the attributes used for assessment are outlined in the article “A Platform for Assessing Organizational Partnering Capability” by Amin and Norma Watenpaugh, CSAP, CEO and founding principal of Phoenix Consulting Group, in the Q1 2019 Strategic Alliance Quarterly.) After completing the self-assessment, it became clear that most session participants’ alliances have room for improvement. The speakers then led the audience through the newly developed version of the Partnering Capability Assessment Platform.

After completion, audience members viewed the scores given in each of the 20 key partnering capability attributes (a sample report also can be found on Page 25 of the Q1 2019 Strategic Alliance Quarterly). The assessment tools generate data that can point alliance managers and teams in the correct direction of growth and improvement.

The purpose of the assessment is not to fix the partnership but to improve ourselves; if both companies are focused on doing so, the partnership will naturally improve, Amin pointed out. The “majority of issues with a partnership are not with the partners but with your own organization,” he reiterated. Addressing internal issues requires inwardly focused self-assessment and adopting a growth-based mindset in the company. Once areas of improvement are recognized, executives can focus on a game plan for manifesting improvements.

Amin stressed that it’s important to “verify that the strategy works in a small sample, then roll it out on a broader scale.” In order to determine whether a new strategy is working, one needs to ensure that the personnel and methods of gathering this data are drawn out from the beginning. This supports the implementation of new strategies to help make partnerships as efficient and effective as possible.

The survey is an effective tool that up to 15 individuals on a team can complete. It can help get members of a partnership and in-house teams to recognize that improvements are possible, Amin said. This can prompt team members to adopt a growth-based mindset, which will yield improvements across the board for an organization or partnership. At the very least, Amin said, “This tool is the place to start.”

Noel B. Richards is a staff writer for ASAP Media. Stay tuned for more of the ASAP Media team’s comprehensive on-site coverage of 2019 ASAP Global Alliance Summit sessions on this blog, and in the weekly, monthly, and quarterly Strategic Alliance publications. 

Tags:  Alliance Dynamics  Data Collection  Erica Murphy  Growth-Based Mindset  New Information Paradigms  Parth Amin  Partnering Capability  Partnering Maturity Model  partnership success  Self-Assessment 

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‘Building Corporate Capability for Collaboration’: Pre-Summit Workshop Attendees Assess their Organizations’ Readiness for the ISO 44001 Standard for Business Collaboration

Posted By John W. DeWitt, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

If you think your organization meets a certifiably high standard of collaboration excellence just because you’re an ASAP member and employing best practices—well, you just might be right. On Monday, March 26, several dozen ASAP Global Alliance Summit attendees were able to validate their assumptions and measure the level of their organization’s collaborative capability against the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) 44001 standard for business collaboration and ASAP’s Handbook of Alliance Management. Norma Watenpaugh, CSAP, principal of Phoenix Consulting Group, and Parth Amin, CSAP, principal of Alliance Dynamics, LLC, presented an in-depth ISO 44001 preconference workshop at the 2018 ASAP Global Alliance Summit in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA.

“What is the standard? People tell me you can’t standardize a relationship—they are all so different,” Watenpaugh noted in her opening comments. “And this is true—but we know from ASAP that there is a common life cycle and approaches that make alliances more successful.” More to the point, she continued, “It’s a framework, not a rigid process. It doesn’t tell you how to have a process or governance, it just tells that you need to address that.” The standard is designed for broad applicability, she added. “It enables organizations of all sizes—you can be a two-person organization and certify.” Regardless of organization size, when two or more organizations partner, “having a common model, language, framework, makes partnering more successful because it reduces friction.”

The ISO 44001 standard “also recognizes cultural differences” and, “as a standard, it’s very unique in promoting collaborative behavior,” Watenpaugh said. “Most standards are about processes, how you manage those processes, and that’s part of it as well—but there is high emphasis on having collaborative behavior and culture.”

The first part of the 90-minute session focused on how ASAP certification and best practices complement and accelerate ISO certification. Watenpaugh and Amin walked workshop participants through a collaborative maturity model based on the fusion of the ISO Standard and the ASAP Handbook of Alliance Management: A Practitioner’s Guide. Amin discussed new tools and then had attendees utilize a live assessment app that, based on the responses, scored their organizations’ ability to deliver high-performing collaborations. Attendees also received (on a memory stick) a comprehensive implementation guide that maps the ISO 44001 standard to the ASAP Handbook of Alliance Management.

Amin, an evangelist for the ISO standard who has worked closely with ASAP partner New Information Paradigms to develop the assessment tool, emphasized “the importance of relationships to CEOs.” He and Watenpaugh—leader the US technical advisory group for the ISO standard who previously led the revamping of the ASAP Handbook of Alliance Management several years ago—addressed, from an enterprise perspective, why relationships struggle in practice. “Getting value from collaboration is pretty hard,” Amin said. Amin and Watenpaugh talked about how a standard helps to get that value—on an individual, organizational, and partner level—and how ASAP best practices and certification contribute to the standards.

Assessing Readiness for ISO 44001
Amin and Watenpaugh walked through “the initial steps for certification—focusing on the assessing your organization’s readiness and the assessment tool itself,” said Amin, referring to a 20-question assessment app developed by the UK-based New Information Paradigms. Participants then roll up their sleeves for the remainder of the session to “do the assessment live, see their scores, talk about what were some of the ‘ah ha’ moments and surprises,” Amin said, noting that a diverse group of executives participated in the session. “We have broad range of industries represented—from academia, finance, medical device, pharma, high tech, etc.—and a broad range of executive levels—CEOs,  directors, managers, and so on,” he said.

Amin and Watenpaugh “brainstormed on how best to lead our session,” Amin said. “Should it be educational or interactive? We figured it would be something of both, instead of us preaching the whole hour.”

See John W. DeWitt’s recent feature article in the February issue of eSAM Plus for more about the ISO 44001 standard, including excerpts from the February 15, 2018 ASAP Netcast Webinar on the topic with Watenpaugh, Amin, and Cisco collaboration guru Ron Ricci, who discussed “Is Your CEO Challenging You to Go Faster? Why a Collaboration Standard Can Help.”

Tags:  Alliance Dynamics  alliance management  alliances  ASAP Handbook of Alliance Management  certification  International Standards Organization’s (ISO) 44001  Norma Watenpaugh  Parth Amin  Phoenix Consulting Group  standardize a relationship 

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‘A Common Vocabulary of Collaboration’: ASAP Announces Publication of ISO 44001 Standard for Business Collaboration

Posted By John W. DeWitt, Friday, March 31, 2017

On March 27, ASAP officially announced http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/03/prweb14185234.htm the publication of ISO 44001, an international standard providing common frameworks, standardized terminology, and assessments for business collaboration.

“The way organizations collaborate and work together might be the most important capability organizations need to survive the accelerating pace of change in the twenty-first century,” commented Ron Ricci, vice president, customer experience services, Cisco. “ISO 44001 creates a common vocabulary of collaboration, with tools and ways to work together on common goals, while recognizing and respecting the cultural and other authentic differences between people and their organizations. That’s why the simple principles in this standard are so amazing.”

The International Standards Organization (ISO) published ISO 44001 under the title “Collaborative business relationship management systems — Requirements and framework.” As a nonprofit, ASAP has served as the lead organization on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Technical Advisory Group (TAG). ASAP’s alliance management frameworks and certification program have guided the development of the standard.

According to US TAG member Parth Amin, CSAP, principal of Alliance Dynamics, “The ISO 44001 standard provides several components that create the common ground needed to support business collaboration among diverse organizations and individuals in any industry, as well as government agencies, nonprofits, and academia.” These include common assessment using a relationship maturity index, a common framework using a disciplined, phased approach, and a standardized terminology, Amin added.

“A standard raises the visibility of business collaboration and awareness that there is a process model and a set of skills for collaborating effectively,” commented Norma Watenpaugh, CSAP, founder and CEO of Phoenix Consulting Group, who serves as leader of the US TAG. “One of the myths to dispel is that adopting a collaboration standard is restrictive. It’s a framework, not a hard-and-fast checklist or set of rigid procedures,” Watenpaugh emphasized.

The US TAG—which also is the US delegation to ISO—includes executive representatives from diverse sponsoring organizations and companies. TAG members whose companies have provided sponsor funding for the collaboration standard development include Ron Ricci of Cisco, Ravi Rajagopal of Verizon, Nimma Bakshi of PwC, Parth Amin (formerly of funding sponsor Vision RT) and Alekzandr Zuhk of Business Relationship Management Institute (BRMI). Other members of the US TAG include Watenpaugh, Michael Leonetti of ASAP, along with Michael Young of biomedwoRX, Ann Trampas, CSAP, of the University of Illinois, Chicago, Bryan Stamford of BAE Systems, David Luvison, CSAP, of Loyola University, and Greg Burge, CSAP, of California’s San Mateo County.

“The US Technical Advisory Group that has worked very hard to make this standard possible,” said ASAP President and CEO Michael Leonetti, CSAP, who serves as chair of the US TAG. “A disciplined, proven framework and common language enable companies to partner more quickly, with more confidence, and with more consistent strategic performance. … ISO 44001 offers business collaboration ‘superstructure’ or ‘meta-framework’ that aligns and integrates with ASAP’s frameworks, best practices, measurement systems, and certifications.”

For more information, read the full announcement http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/03/prweb14185234.htm, see additional coverage in “The Close” in the Q1 2017 issue of Strategic Alliance Magazine, and check out the lead story in the March 30 edition of eSAM Plus

Tags:  Alliance Dynamics  American National Standards Institute  ANSI  business collaboration  Cisco  collaboration standard  international standard  ISO 44001  Norma Watenpaugh  Parth Amin  Phoenix Consulting Group  relationship maturity index  Ron Ricci  standardized terminology  TAG  Technical Advisory Group 

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