MBN Study Hall 2017

Welcome to Study Hall! 

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn. Choose from any of the following activities:

1. Office hours: chat with an instructor and other classmates, 2-3pm ET Thursdays. Check your email for the webinar link. 

  • Please RSVP below.

2. Homework: self-assessments and workbook exercises. Assignments listed below.

3. Network: reach out to a classmate or instructor by email, phone, Facebook or in person.

4. Self-study: catch up on what you missed or dive deeper on previous session materials at the Course Notebook

  • Use the form below if you'd like to let us know what you've completed. 

5. Do nothing. Study hall work is optional.


Office Hours: Thursday, June 8, 2-3 PM ET

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Homework: MBN Study Hall 2017

  • Study Hall 1, week of February 12

    A. 21 Partnership Success Factors – Bridge the Gap and Apply the Practices

    Take a Hike with 21 Partnership Success Factors and complete a gap assessment to determine how you measure up. Learn how these practices fit into these hiking mantras: Get to Know the Terrain, Equip Yourself, Stay with the Group. Assess your strengths and growing edge related to each theme.

    READ: 21 Partnership Success Factors _ Gap Assessment PDF with notes – Review the 21 Success Factors and Gap Assessment Exercise.

    EXERCISE: 21 Partnership Success Factors _ Gap Assessment Exercise – Download and complete the 3 worksheets.

    DOWNLOAD: 21 Partnership Success Factors by Brian O’Neill PDF – Download for your reference library.

    B. Surf the HD.gov web site 


    EXPLORE: resources, broadcast, tools, methods, blogs.

    FEED YOUR MIND: This exercise goes well with a brown bag lunch or afternoon snack.

    SHARE: one link to useful information with a colleague or course participant.

    C.  Accountability and Collaborative Leadership – What Would You Do?

    READ "  Accountability and Collaborative Leadership  "

    WRITE the end of the story as a short essay.

    SHARE bullet points of how you would end the story and takeaways from the assignment in the homework survey.

    When you’re finished with the homework, please complete a quick survey to share your take away. 

  • Study Hall 2, week of March 12

    A. Partnership Assessment

    1. REVIEW: 1 or 2 of the following Partnership Assessment tools.

    2. COMPLETE: one of the assessment tools for one of the partnerships you work on.
    3. REFLECT: on what you learn about the assessment tool, and about the current health of the partnership:
    • What is going well? 
    • What are some areas for improvement? 
    • Did you uncover gaps in the assessment tool, or in your partnership's practices?
    • How and when might you use this kind of asssessment tool with your partners?

    B. Strengthen Active Listening Skills

    Review these practices and complete the self-assessment to determine your strengths and growing edge. Apply ADORES in three settings to refine your active listening skills. Capture how your use of these skills strengthens your communication with colleagues, friends or family members.

    1. READ:  Active Listening Overview.pdf – Review the practices of active listening and familiarize yourself with the ADORES mnemonic.

    2. EXERCISE:  Active Listening Self Assessment.pptx – Download and complete this self-assessment and instructions for field testing your practices.

    3. APPLY: Field test your active listening practices. 


    C. What Would You Do? Stakeholder Communication

    2. WRITE: The outline of a communication plan for one stakeholder/potential partner
    3. SHARE: Your summary communication plan points in the homework survey


    When you’re finished with the homework, please complete a quick survey to share your take away. 

  • Study Hall 3, week of April 9


    A. Stakeholder Analysis

    1. REVIEW: Collaboration: Stakeholder Analysis, 5 mins and Decision Space 4 mins. with Joy Lujan

    2. COMPLETE: Stakeholder Snapshot.docx – Related to your current work with partners and/or stakeholders, download and complete this exercise.

    3. SHARE: Your Stakeholder Snapshot with an agency colleague and discuss how at least one partner/stakeholder frames the decision-making space of this partnership and/or community collaboration.


    B. Conflict Management Practices

      1. REVIEW:  Getting to the Core of Conflict and Communications Participant Workbook 2017.pdf 

    2. EXERCISE:  Download and complete two self-assessment exercises 

    3. APPLY: Identify an opportunity to apply the conflict management practices highlighted in the exercises you selected. Then intentionally apply these practices in your professional and/or personal communication. You goal is to develop the intellectual muscle memory to use these practices, so that they will be readily available to you. 


    C. Facilitation Tools

    1. REVIEW:  Creative Facilitation Tools.pdf

    2. EXERCISE: Select one of these methods to use at an upcoming meeting and prepare for the meeting to introduce this tool.

    • Why did you select this tool?
    • Do you need to coordinate with the group or the meeting coordinator in advance?
    • Do you need support materials to use this tool?
    • What objectives(s) for the group will this tool support?
    • How might using this tool change the attitudes and behaviors of meeting participants?

    3. APPLY: Test this facilitation tool at the meeting and then reflect on what went well (WWW) and what would you do differently (WWDD).


    D. Facilitation Practices: Competency Self-Assessment

    Complete one of the two faclitiation core competency self-assessments below. The IAF competencies are more focused on concrete meeting and group management practices, while the National College framework (shared in class) focuses on facilitator behaviors that demonstrate social-emotional intelligence.

    1. Facilitator Core Competencies Self-Assessment  (based on IAF)

    2. Facilitation Competency Framework Self-Assessment (based on National College, UK)


    When you’re finished with the homework, please complete a quick survey to share your take away.

  • Study Hall 4, week of May 7


    A.  Principled Negotiation Planning Template

    Apply principled negotiation concepts to a recent or upcoming negotiation in your partnership work. 

    DOWNLOAD: Principled Negotiation Planning Template (PDF) (DOC

    EXERCISE: Review the four elements of principled negotiation on Page 1. Use the table on Pages 2 and 3 to go deeper in understanding your style, positions, interests and options - and those of your partner.


    B. Asset Based Community Development Mapping

    Practice finding the assets in your community through a mapping exercise and exploring the gifts that you and a colleague or partner bring to the table. 

    DOWNLOAD: ABCD An Exercise in Shifting Focus (PDF) (DOC)

    EXERCISE: Read the instructions on Page 1. Then complete one or both of the activities: Part 1 - Community Asset Mapping (Page 2); Part 2 - A Portrait of Gifts.


    C. Evaluation Planning Scenario Q&A

    Work through a realistic scenario as you consider key questions and sketch out an evaluation plan.

    DOWNLOAD: What Would You Recommend? Outline an Evaluation Plan (PDF) (DOC)

    READ the scenario and RESPOND to the questions. SHARE your responses with us by email, or summarize your take-away in the survey below.


    D. Nonprofit Fundraising Quiz

    DOWNLOAD: Nonprofit Fundraising Quiz for Federal Agency Employees (PDF) (PPT)

    TAKE the Quiz. Then look at the ANSWERS (PDF) and who you can go to for more guidance.


    When you’re finished with the homework, please complete a quick survey to share your take away.

  • Study Hall 5, week of June 4


    A. Risk Assessment Template

    DOWNLOAD:  Risk Assessment Template.docx and complete the brief project description. Then review the risk evaluation practices.

    APPLY: For one of your projects, fill-in the risk assessment template.

    SHARE: Discuss your assessment with internal and external project team members.


    B. Seven Faces of Partnerships Mapping Exercise

    Download: 7 Faces of Partnership Mapping.pptx

    APPLY: Select 2-3 partners or stakeholders and complete the mapping exercise.

    REFLECT: Study your map and identify one action that you will take to meet the expectations of each partner related to their motivation, involvement and recognition.


    C. Expand Your Peer-Learning Network

    DOWNLOAD: the MBN 2017_Roster.xlsx and Peer Learning Mapping.docx

    SELECT:  Expand your professional network using the “All Participants” tab of the roster spreadsheet. Pick one individual to stay in touch with from each of the following categories:

    Agency and Affiliation. Choose someone from inside or outside your agency.

    State. Find someone near or far that you connected with.

    Job Title. Who shares similar responsibilities or has a role that complements your work?

    MBN Group. Maybe you stayed in your group or floated from Gamma to Alpha. Find someone from the cohort that will help you expand your thinking. (Need to add Cohort as title on Roster Column)

    APPLY: ADD these individuals to your email or phone contacts. Get in touch now and make plans to reconnect later.

    BONUS: If you have not yet joined the Academy Network, our closed FB Group, do it now. Stay in touch with alumni and course instructors.


    D. Open Ended Questions Guide

    DOWNLOAD: 31-Powerful-Questions.pdf

    SELECT: 3 questions to ask at your next staff meeting, 2 questions to ask at your next meeting with partners or stakeholders, and 1 question to ask to someone you are meeting for the first time.

    APPLY: Ask these questions face-to-face, via email or phone call. Listen to gain new insights about the individual and your work together.

    REFLECT: Consider how active listening and asking open-ended questions supports communication and strengthens your political savvy skills.   

    When you’re finished with the homework, please complete a quick survey to share your take away.


Call or email other MBN participants from the Course Roster.

Join the Academy Network on Facebook and post a question or discussion thread.


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