What do I mean when I say I provide "thought partnership"? I'm glad you asked.
In a guest blog post via Forbes.com, entrepreneur, executive coach, and angel investment network co-founder Rania Anderson defines a Thought Partner as someone who:
- Challenges your thinking.
- Causes you to modify or change your paradigms, assumptions or actions.
- Has information or a way of thinking that provokes you to innovate or otherwise leads to value creation in your business, career or life.
For me, thought partnership means providing new perspectives to my nonprofit and philanthropic clients, grounded in rigor, research, and inquiry. It means asking questions that encourage fresh thinking, problem-solving, and "silo breaking." And it means helping organizations move beyond anecdotes to embrace a focus on measurable impact.
Three key principles guide my work:
Abundance over Scarcity: I begin from the assumption that there is always enough, but that sometimes a new perspective is required to make this "enoughness" visible. I believe a mindset of abundance creates new possibilities, while a mindset of scarcity closes possibilities off.
Collaboration over Competition: I believe community is best served when its members join forces, rather than compete for resources. I recognize the emergent properties of collaborations, and value collective action.
Relationships over Transactions: I believe that all meaningful, lasting community work is rooted in relationships. I seed and cultivate relationships for the long-term, rather than harvest short-term transactions.