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collaboration, the more likely it is that the organization will succeed. In SGMP, you certainly see all active forms of cooperation, coordination and collaboration within the structure of our organization. Partners have an enormous range of reasons for becoming involved in SGMP. It can simply be something that someone wants to do because they are passionate about resources such as education and networking. Or it can be that the partnerships will build a strong foundation for career and sales opportunities. It can be that a vested company wants to put something back into the organization and be recognized for its commitment to the society’s mission. Or involvement can stem from a greater understanding of how partnering can motivate fellow members and enhance their awareness. Within SGMP, we have so many different types of partners who contribute to our success. I would like to thank each of you who have been involved with SGMP and have found the partnership level that works for you. I hope you will continue to be supportive and share in the rewards that increase your business opportunities. For those members who have not taken the extra step from member to partner, I urge you to look at all opportunities available to you on the national and the chapter level. I am confident the return on your membership will increase as you look for ways to cooperate, coordinate and collaborate with other members, your chapter or the national society.
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CONNECT TO GOVERNMENT MEETINGS. CONNECT T GOVERNMENT MEE NNECT GOVE NMENT MEE SUMMER 2010 • Vol 1, Issue 4
What Makes a Good Partnership?
By Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC Executive Director & CEO
Published for Society of Government Meeting Professionals 908 King Street, Lower Level Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-0892 Fax: 703-549-0708 www.sgmp.org
EXECUTIVE EDITOR Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC
EACH TIME I write my editor’s letter, I try to focus on an important issue for SGMP members. While reviewing the final quarter of our fiscal year during the lead up to the 2010 National Education Conference, it became obvious that the central theme of this GC issue is partnerships. The interaction between members and the organization, the element most crucial to SGMP’s success, ties all of us together. Partnerships are fundamentally about people coming together to share a common goal and taking responsibility for their role in a mission. Working collectively, people take on different levels of obligation to one another. They agree to share risks, targets and the duties of running a project or organization. One way of examining how a partnership works is to look at how ‘close’ partners are to one another. There is a simple three-word test for recognizing partnerships: cooperate, coordinate and collaborate. • Cooperate: Partners share information and recognize one another and the opportunity to affiliate or join together. • Coordinate: Partners plan together and focus on a specific project or goal. There will be some sharing of roles and responsibilities. • Collaborate: Partners commit themselves to longer-term projects and make organizational changes so that there is a higher degree of shared leadership, control, rewards, resources and risk taking. Partnership is therefore a way of working and a form of organization. The closer partners are to
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Summer 2010
Government Connections - Summer 2010
Table of Contents
Travel Tips and Trends
Dieting on a Per Diem
Planning for the BIG Meeting
Same Meeting, Different Day
Room Set and Timing Tips
Farewell Chris Middleton, CGMP
2010 National Education Conference was a Hit
The Meeting Minute
Government Connections - Summer 2010