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Tri Sector Teaming Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Assumption: These are potential questions that may arise after the organization/company/agency has reviewed the Tri Sector Teaming Program Overview.

Topics you'll find below include:

How is this program different from other leadership programs?
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  • It is a tri-sector approach to leadership development and community problem solving.
  • Definition: "Leadership is a dynamic relational process of influencing the thinking, behaviors and actions of others toward a shared purpose."
  • Contributes to the leadership development of individuals, organizations, and communities.
  • Facilitates demonstrated behavioral change in leaders.
  • Supports the continuing education of leaders with an on-line, self-directed program to develop the capacity of individuals in other core competencies essential to effective leadership.
  • It provides a new kind of problem solving, collaboration, and leadership for individuals, organizations and communities.
  • It integrates learning and practice in a manner that provides for leadership in context.
  • Builds leadership capacity for the future (e.g. fast track)
  • Catalyst for:
    • New networks
    • New combinations of people to work together
    • New levels of participation
    • Innovations
    • Issue identification and problem solving
    • Communication
    • Cross-sectoral leadership, co-leadership, shared leadership, etc.
    • Opportunity to have new learning and information shared at work site (with employees)
    • Local community and regional problem solving
    • Changing behavior which enables the "new"
    • Moral framework to discuss issues
    • Accelerating and re-engineering former CDCs
    • Political cover for all sectors

What is the benefit of this type of program to my employee, organization (Public, Private, Nonprofit) and community? In other words, what?s the ?value proposition??
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  • Seen as an honor by company and community
  • Provides for personal growth
  • Helps with "fast track" plan
  • Expands network and capacity to "bridge"
  • Provides political cover (independent of current structure)
  • Provides the ability to redefine problem and bring in new people/innovations
  • Provides more effective future leaders
  • Develops Cross-sectoral leadership capacity to help serve as a "bridge" to address economic challenges
  • New knowledge for employees
  • Expands network
  • Build leadership capacity for the future
  • Strengthened cross-sectoral leadership for addressing community wide challenges
  • Healthier community
  • Increased level of civic engagement

What is the time commitment for this program? ??????????? [ Back to Top ]

The commitment is a two-year commitment.

I know this is a two-year program, but how frequent will the sessions be and for how long???????????? [ Back to Top ]

There will be eight sessions during the two-year program, four sessions each year. Each session will be two workdays and a weekend.

Is there any way to shorten the program length???????????? [ Back to Top ]

It may be possible to eliminate one of the sessions each year by offering an on-line learning opportunity.

How many organizations have responded positively to the program offer???????????? [ Back to Top ]

No organizations have been asked. However, several individuals and one community have inquired about the program. Several heads of organizations have responded positively to the concept.

How much will this program cost? ??????????? [ Back to Top ]

The cost of the program is approximately $10,000 per team member, plus administrative costs.

Can I send more than one person???????????? [ Back to Top ]

Yes, more than one person may come from an organization. However, they must be balanced with equal representation from each of the other two sectors.

Who will be the trainers/facilitators for the sessions?
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Experienced community and leadership development consultants, practitioners currently engaged in tri-sector collaborations and/or shared-leadership, leaders and organization executives representative of the program's values, and educators.

How were they selected???????????? [ Back to Top ]

These individuals are selected based on recommendations and a demonstrated track record of being successful in this area of community leadership development.

What will the curriculum include???????????? [ Back to Top ]

The curriculum will include:

  • Comprehensive leadership development Assessments and content
  • Ethics/character/values
  • Civic Inventory
  • Coaching/modeling/mentoring
  • Community Building/Problem Solving Processes/Measuring Community Change
  • Co-production (agreements & contracts)
  • Creating multi-cultural environments
  • Demographics
  • Financial Packaging (capitalism and wealth generation)
  • History of Tri-sector successes, breakdowns and the call for a new synthesis
  • Planetary learning (world-centric perspective)
  • Public Policy/Advocacy
  • Sectoral core-competencies
  • Social System (how to engage for lasting change)
  • Community Site Experiences (San Diego, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Hartford, etc.)

How was it developed???????????? [ Back to Top ]

An advisory committee of cross-sector representatives, leadership development educators/consultants, university leadership scholars, experts in community problem solving and healthy communities developed the curriculum.

Who are good candidates for a program of this type?
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The profile of individuals and the leadership team members includes:

  • Ability to sell ideas
  • Cross-sectoral experience
  • Employer Interest in issue
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • A desire to be a more effective leader
  • Energy
  • Interest in improving themselves
  • Willingness to work "beyond self"
  • From an organization with connections/networks
  • 'Fast track'
  • Works well with others
  • Demonstrates Passion for community
  • Has respect of peers and managers
  • Has compassion
  • Has ability to build leaders
  • Has integrity
  • Has high moral purpose
  • Engaged in the community
  • Strong management skills
  • Vision
  • Technology literate
  • Communicates well

How will the team decide on the project for implementation in Year Two of the program???????????? [ Back to Top ]

Each team will select one of the challenges identified by their communities and feel they can make a difference in three to four years.

What happens if our organization can't complete the entire program (i.e. the participant is transferred or leaves the organization)
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That's why it is helpful to have balanced teams of six or nine. However, if a participant, serving on a team of three, leaves the program the organization and other two members of the team will continue the initiative. Depending on the timing, it may be possible to identify another individual to replace the person leaving.


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