Today the quickest road to success is to operate with others, not alone. The economy and most industries are too volatile and too hostile for most organisations, businesses and men's sheds to operate in isolation. "It can be just too hard doing it by yourself".
Survival and success is enhanced by being an active member of a group. You achieve more success by relinquishing more of your stand alone independence. What ever you do to help build your critical mass of people in and around your men's shed should be done sooner rather than later.
A partnership is an agreement between two or more organisations to work together to achieve common objectives. This agreement can range from informal, a hand shake, to formal where a written agreement is drawn up between the two parties, such as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The important thing is to attract partners who believe in the cause of men's sheds.
Good partnerships can provide the necessary motivation to, improve the overall performance of your men's shed by having it well funded and well supported. You need to take your time to find the 'Best Fit', which means working through a process to narrow down and then find the community business partner that is most suitable for your men's shed.
This means analysing what you can offer to a partnership, as well as what they want to gain from it and what benefits both parties wish to see the partnership bring about in the wider community. You need to find a best fit in terms of similar values, objectives and styles of prospective partners.
Menshed Australia Partners include: