What One Person Can Do
Sent Monday, October 10, 2011
Helping people make great things
happen . . . together.
A Taste of Collaboration Tips
to Support and Inspire You
In this issue:
What One Person Can
Do:Shannon McOuat's story
An Invitation from Paula and
Collaboration Soup Upcoming
Person Can Do
to everyone who has been sending us your collaboration success stories,
challenges and questions. This month we are excited to share a success
story from someone who attended one of our workshops. This story is particularly
meaningful to us because it is about helping veterans in our community.
Shannon McOuat is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for
Transitions-Mental Health Association in San Luis Obispo, California.
Here's what she recently told us:
"I was aware that although we
have many agencies in the County that provide services for veterans,
they were not fully utilizing what was available. I had the idea for bringing these agencies together at some sort of
event to meet each other and become more familiar with what each other
does so we could more easily make referrals and recommendations to our
veteran clients. However, I
wasn't sure how to move forward.
When I saw the notice for the Collaboration Soup training through the
Nonprofit Support Center in March 2011, I thought it might help me
figure out how to proceed. It
did. I was encouraged when I
learned there were steps I could follow. I realized collaboration is wonderful, but somebody has to take the
lead. I had a basic concept,
but the event literally took shape through the conversations I had with
the people who are the heart and soul of the veteran community. I couldn't have put all their elements together because I don't have
their knowledge. I learned that in collaboration, and
in leadership, a
key element is bringing people together.
Another thing I realized at your workshop was the importance of the "I"
in your RECIPE -- Integrate the Ideas. I took the time to have personal conversations with people; to go to
their meetings and find out what their interests and ideas were. What I realized was how important it
was to navigate
all the ideas generated and integrate what everyone had to say into
The results are great. The discussions and networking at
the event were really successful and powerful. We had over 120 people and 30
Agencies are continuing to meet
monthly with a shared mission and vision. We hope to plan another similar event for the larger community. Transitions-Mental Health Association and I are really proud of what has been
Shannon did shows what a difference one person can make if they take the
risk to invite people into the same room to explore shared needs, ideas
and interests. We all have
ideas on how to solve problems or how to create new, more effective
can one person do? Take
action! Invite people to come together to
explore shared interests, and be open to what might happen.
Welcome to the
third "A Taste of
Collaboration" -- occasional, short and free tips
to support and inspire
you in pursuing your goals and collaborative
Since the release of our
book COLLABORATION SOUP we have
shared our RECIPE with people working together to make great things
happen. Many have expressed a
hunger for more.
Will you help us build a
community of people sharing tidbits -- ideas, stories, resources for
effective collaboration? This will be an evolving
co-creative project, and we invite you to be part of it. You can:
JANUARY 26, 2012 - NEW!! Collaboration
Soup 101 Training - in San Luis Obispo and On-line.
Join a Collaboration Soup Coaching & Support Group
in San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara. Bring your ideas or collaborative
projects for specific coaching on applying the Collaboration Soup RECIPE
and more. Call Delia at