A pioneer in the field of Partnering Intelligence, Stephen Dent has helped revolutionize how individuals and teams work together. His first book, Partnering Intelligence, laid the groundwork for developing individual skills. The Partnering Intelligence Fieldbook focused on how teams and other groups can work more collaboratively. Now Dent and coauthor James Krefft turn the spotlight on the role leaders and executives can play in creating a partnering culture that inspires employee loyalty and builds trust-based alliances that will stand the test of time.
Powerhouse Partners delivers a best-practices tool kit for getting back to basics: relearning the art of connecting with competitors, departments, divisions and other strategic partners. In this blueprint for building a Partnering Powerhouse, Dent and Krefft map out how to practice focused leadership, build a partnering infrastructure and develop smart partners. They get to the nuts and bolts of job design, including an organization design model of a partnering network, and offer practical ideas for how to institutionalize partnering throughout the organization. And they outline the core competencies for an organization's human performance system and present an innovative approach for determining a job candidate's partnering skills.
Dozens of proprietary assessments, worksheets and the unique Powerhouse Model - plus plenty of case studies and examples - come together into one comprehensive system for fully integrating business strategy and human resources to build a strong organizational partnering capability.
About the Authors
Introduction: An End, a Beginning
1 Coming Full Circle with Organization Culture
2 Building a Partnering Organization
The Powerhouse Partner Model
3 Shaping Your Culture with the Powerhouse Partner Model
Step 1: Practice Focused Leadership
4 Attaining Personal Mastery, Inspiring Vision, Motivating Action, Acheiving Results
Step 2: Build a Partnering Infrastructure
5 Redesigning Your Organization as a Partnering Network
6 Hiring People with Partnering Competencies
7 Keeping and Growing Smart Partners
Step 3: Develop Smart Partners
8 Reinforcing the Foundation for Openness
9 Moving to the Future with Creativity
10 Embracing Connectivity for Agility
Conclusion: Working Toward Resiliency
Stephen M. Dent is an award-winning organizational consultant whose 25-year career includes work with US West, Bank of America, NASA, Girl Scouts of America, and GE Capital Services. He is founding partner of Partnership Continuum, Inc., and author of Partnering Intelligence and The Partnering Intelligence Fieldbook.
James H. Krefft, Ph.D., formerly a human resources executive with Exxon Mobil, has consulted internationally for more than 20 years. He works with clients in a variety of industries, specializing in strategic design, change management, competency-based selection, and workforce renewal.
”Captures the essence of business partnering. This blueprint provides a proven step-by-step approach to achieving a higher level of results.”—Kevin Wild, regional vice president, Qwest Consumer Sales
”If you’re building your company for the Information Age and want to learn how to restore people to the heart of your organization, then Powerhouse Partners is for you. Use this book, and you and your partners will never be the same.”—William A. Sadler, Ph.D., professor, Holy Names University; author of The Third Age
”Addresses one of the most important issues for a company seeking to achieve and sustain high performance: building a culture that enhances the social capital of the organization while focusing on high-level performance.”—Lyle Yorks, associate professor, Teachers College, Columbia University