From its inception 19 years ago, The Management Edge® (TME)
has focused on collaborative work processes – the use of
collaboration rather than competition or contention to achieve
organizational goals most creatively, efficiently, and effectively.
Collaborative work process is the underpinning of all effective
team building processes. Multi-organizational Partnering is a
specific form of team building adapted for use in the DOD IRP
Partnering as a management concept involves using a
variety of tools and techniques for building strong relationships
and trust between the involved parties so that they are able
to identify and achieve shared goals that would be difficult
or impossible to achieve in a traditional adversarial or competitive
environment. Participants in Partnering programs typically receive
training in awareness of self and others, and in effective interpersonal
and group problem solving skills; all aimed at improving their
abilities to recognize and transcend personal and organizational
biases. The Installation Restoration Program (IRP) Facilitated
Partnering process as practiced by the U.S. Air Force and The
Management Edge, Inc. expands on this by adding goal setting,
action planning, conflict management, and effective meeting management
training, so that Teams are more able to sustain their collaborative
efforts over time, in the face of controversy, and through inevitable
changes in Team membership. The IRP model involves a formal management
and procedural structure, plus active facilitation and ongoing,
real time training interventions as further means of maintaining
and reinforcing Team effectiveness.
The Management Edge® approach to team building has been
adopted as the standard approach toward Partnering in most of
the Environmental Restoration field. It has been highly efficient
and highly successful in moving teams through the progressive
stages of team development to the "performing" and "high
performing" levels, and in maintaining their performance
at these high levels. The results, costs saved, costs avoided,
time to completion shortened, and problems resolved informally,
have been consistently documented by the teams, their management
and at the Pentagon level, by all branches of DoD.
our work for the Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Reservation
in the state of Washington, directly resulted in more than $240
million in documented savings in just four months, and indirectly
led to ongoing savings through a complete change in the remediation
standards and assumptions applied throughout the site.
in building successful high performing Partnering teams is second
to none. Since 1993, the beginning of Environmental Partnering,
we have built almost 100 teams, consistently facilitating some
teams as long as 10 years, with the same facilitator.
built a strong reputation on its ability to productively build
and facilitate difficult groups and issues. TME uses skilled
facilitators, plus training in group dynamics, personality preference,
active listening, and effective meeting management to reduce
interpersonal conflict and enhance collaborative decision-making.
is a recognized form of ADR, as is mediation. TME has several
consultants who are certified mediators; all have had extensive
training in conflict resolution and partnering.