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Study Hall 2019


Study Hall work is optional and designed to help apply the materials learned in class. 

You may do Study Hall work at any time throughout the course, including during Study Hall weeks:
  • Study Hall 1: week of April 1
  • Study Hall 2: week of May 27
  • Study Hall 3: July 1 - 15 following the last session

Study Hall options:

1. Attend office hours: chat with an instructor and other classmates, 2-3pm ET Thursdays during Study Halls 1 and 2 (April 4 and May 30). Check your email for the webinar link. Please RSVP below.

2. Complete self study: catch up on missed sessions, or delve deeper on instructional material. Use the Self-Study form below to let us know what you've completed.

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

4. Explore homework: using self-assessments and workbook exercises, apply what you have learned. 

5. Apply what you learned on the job. Study hall work is optional.


1. Office Hours: Thursdays, 2-3 PM ET

2. Self Study: Check In Here

Did you catch up on a session you missed? Let us know here. You can submit this form any time you get caught up.

3. Networking

Call or email other MBN participants from the Cou rse Roster, posted on the Course Notebook page.

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

3. Networking Feedback

4. Homework

  • Instructions for Homework

    1. Select the workbook exercise(s) that is/are of interest to you. 
    2. Complete the assignment.
    3. Share your takeaways in the Homework Feedback Form located below on this Study Hall page. 
  • Session 1: Collaborative Leadership: My Partner Said What?!

    1. READ:My Partner Said What?! Part 1 and Part 2
    2. DOWNLOAD: Options exercise (DOC) (PDF)
    3. APPLY: Think about a partnership where one or more of your partners might be stuck in some bad habits and likely to say something at your expense or that could cause problems for the project. Answer the questions provided in the options exercise.
    4. SHARE your takeaways from the assignment in the Homework Feedback form.
  • Session 2: 21 Partnership Success Factors Gap Assessment

    1. READ 21 Partnership Success Factors Brian ONeill.pdf – Review the 21 Success Factors. 
    2. EXERCISE 21 Partnership Success Factors_Gap Assessment Exercise – Download and complete the 3 worksheets.
    3. DOWNLOAD 21 Partnership Success Factors Brian ONeill.pdf – Download for your reference library.
    4. SHARE your takeaways from the assignment in the Homework Feedback form.
  • Session 2: Political Savvy: Adaptive Leadership Strategies

    1. THINK of a change facing your organization. 
    2. DOWNLOAD and COMPLETE the worksheet: Adaptive Leadership Strategies for Acting Politically (DOC) (PDF)
    3. SHARE your takeaways from the assignment in the Homework Feedback form.
  • Session 3: Strengthen Active Listening Skills

    1. READ  Active Listening Practices.pdf – Review the practices of active listening and familiarize yourself with the ADORES mnemonic.
    2. EXERCISE  Active Listening Self Assess ment (PPT) (PDF) – Download and complete this self-assessment and instructions for field testing your practices.
    3. APPLY Field test your active listening practices. 
    4. SHARE your takeaways from the assignment in the Homework Feedback form.
  • Session 4: Surf the Human Dimensions web site

    1. EXPLORE: resources, broadcast, tools, methods, blogs at using the HD Scavenger Hunt.
    2. FEED YOUR MIND: This exercise goes well with a brown bag lunch or afternoon snack.
    3. SHARE: one link to useful information with a colleague or course participant.
  • Session 4: Succession Planning and Transition Management

    1. READ Succession Planning for Partnerships blog post.
    2. DOWNLOAD 30-60-90-Day Plan Worksheet (DOCX) or (PDF).
    3. EXERCISE: Using the Worksheet, fill out the information for 3-5 partners who, based on your job, you think a new supervisor or line officer would need to know about. Then, choose 1-2 of those partners for whom a more detailed briefing package would be needed and briefly describe why the additional detail would be important and some of the material you think would be needed. 
    4. SHARE your takeaways from the assignment using the Homework Feedback form. 
  • Session 6: Partnership Assessment Tools

    1. REVIEW one of these tools:
    2. COMPLETE one of the tools, for one of the partnerships you work on. Reflect on: What is going well? What could be better? How or when might you use this kind of assessment tool with your partners?
    3. SHARE your takeaways from the assignment in the Homework Feedback form below.
  • Session 7: Community Collaboration: Stakeholder Analysis

    1. REVIEW: Collaboration: Stakeholder Analysis, 5 mins and Decision Space 4 mins. with Joy Lujan
    2. COMPLETE: Community Collaboration Stakeholder Analysis (DOC) (PDF). 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.
    4. SHARE your takeaways in the Homework Feedback form below
  • Session 8: Principled Negotiation Planning Template

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

    1. DOWNLOAD: Principled Negotiation Planning Worksheet (DOC) (PDF)
    2. 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.
    3. SHARE your takeaways in the Homework Feedback form below.
  • Session 8: Improve your Persuasion Strategy

    1. REVIEW:  Persuasion Insights presentation (PDF)
    2. EXERCISE: Complete the mapping exercise How might you improve your persuasion strategy.docx 
    3. APPLY: Test your strategy on a member of your target audience and then reflect on the effectiveness of your new strategy.
    4. SHARE your takeaways in the Homework Feedback form below.
  • Session 9: Facilitation Competency Self-Assessment

    1. COMPLETE one of two facilitation core competency self-assessments: The IAF competencies (DOC) (PDF) are more focused on concrete meeting and group management practices, while the National College framework (DOC) (PDF) focuses on facilitator behaviors that demonstrate social-emotional intelligence. 
    2. SHARE your takeaways in the Homework Feedback form below.
  • Session 9: Facilitation Tool Box

    1. REVIEW: Facilitation Tool Box (PDF)

    2. EXERCISE: Select one of these tools to use at an upcoming meeting. Consider:

    • Do you need to coordinate use of this tool 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 (WWYDD).


  • Session 10: Conflict Management Practices

    1. REVIEW:  Getting to the Core of Conflict and Communications Participant Workbook
    2. EXERCISE:  Complete two self-assessment exercises from the workbook.
    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. 
    4. SHARE your takeaways in the Homework Feedback form below.
  • Session 12: Risk Assessment Template

    1. DOWNLOAD: Risk Assessment Template (DOC) (PDF). 
    2. APPLY: For one of your projects, fill-in the risk assessment template.
    3. SHARE: Discuss your assessment with internal and external project team members.
    4. SHARE your takeaways in the Homework Feedback form below.
  • Session 13: Accountability Toolkit – Surf the Competencies

    1. DOWNLOAD 22 Partnership and Community Collaboration Competencies.pdf  and select 2 competencies that you would like to strengthen.
    2. FIND these 2 competencies on the Leadership Competencies Development Model (at your grade level) and review distinguishing behavior or practices.
    3. APPLY Take note of at least 2 new practices associated with these skills that you will commit to practicing in the next few weeks.
    4. SHARE your takeaways from the assignment in the Homework Feedback form.
  • Session 14: Partnership Ethics Fact Patterns: Pop Quiz

    1. DOWNLOAD: Partnership Ethics Fact Pattern Pop Quiz (DOC) (PDF)
    2. APPLY: Consider the scenarios and note down your thoughts about what ethical rules may apply.
    3. CHECK your responses against the Answer Key (DOC) (P DF)
    4. SHARE your key takeaways in the Homework Feedback Form.
  • Session 15: Managing Agreements Best Practices

    1. DOWNLOAD: Managing Agreements Best Practices (DOC) (PDF)
    2. APPLY: Complete the Gap Assessment to identify your current and new practices.
    3. SHARE: Discuss these best practices with a G&A specialist and ask him/her to share with you two tips that will keep you in the know regarding current G&A practices and processes.
  • Session 16: 7 Faces of Partnership: Mapping Exercise

    1. DOWNLOAD the 7 Faces of Partnership Mapping Exercise (PPT) (PDF)
    2. APPLY: Review the 7 Faces of partner motivation, involvement and recognition (slides 1-4). Fill our page 5 using the PPT, fillable PDF or a printed copy.
    3. SHARE your takeaways in the Homework Feedback Form below.
  • Session 16: Corporate Partnerships: Who’s in your neighborhood?

    1. CONSIDER: two corporations who might have an interest in your work.
    2. EXPLORE: their website to find: (a) Mission statement; (b) Corporate Social Responsibility report; (c) Potential giving program(s); (d) Key contact (s)
    3. REFLECT: what might be some common language or interests that would help you start a dialogue?
    4. SHARE your key takeaways in the Homework Feedback Form.

4. Homework Feedback

Did you complete a homework exercise? Share your thoughts and takeaways with us here.

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