Insights on the Road to Performance Excellence

A well-known poem by Robert Frost, “Mending Walls,” contains the famous line “Good fences make good neighbors.” This is also how a 2011 blog post on productive partnerships begins. The blogger pointed out that, while fences might support neighbors’ relationships, they don’t serve partnerships well at all. I have been interested recently in specifically what makes for good partnerships for two very important reasons: 1 Strategic partnerships and alliances are growing in importance and numbers as industries consolidate, research dollars shrink, and global opportunities open up; and 2 As the Baldrige Program looks to the next 25 years, I believe strategic partnerships will be critical to our growth and outreach. Indeed, the emerging Baldrige Enterprise is an important partnership we are building right now.

via Insights on the Road to Performance Excellence.