This self-assessment explores the actions you could be taking which typically reflect the behaviour of a valued and impactful business partner. While this report will not guarantee you are carrying out business partnership activities in a way that builds trust and engagement, a strong score indicates you are maximising the chance of this occurring.
On completing this assessment, you will receive a report that provides feedback relative to the six key behaviours we observe in excellent business partners;
Stakeholder Centric: Putting stakeholders (partners) at the centre of business activities and the design of output to suit their needs,
Deliver Results: The capacity to manage resources effective to achieve results, including overcoming any potential obstacles that arise in delivery.
Building & Maintaining Partnerships: Partnering with others to drive successful outcomes; building and maintaining effective relationships
Coach, Facilitate, Consult: Positively challenge the thinking of others by coaching, facilitating or exploring perspectives on issues and opportunities to achieve best outcomes for key stakeholders (partners).
Accountable: Takes action to ensure outcomes are met; holding self and others to account in the 'value chain' relied on for results.
Collaborative: Working jointly with others towards a common goal. Sharing knowledge and experiences with others and leveraging knowledge to achieve objectives. Also, displaying openness to new ideas and opportunities to raise performance.
Complete the form to commence the assessment and finish all questions to receive your report.
TAKES ACCOUNTABILITY 35%
COACH, FACILITATE, CONSULT 35%
DELIVERS RESULT 35%
STAKEHOLDER CENTRIC 35%
BUILDS & MAINTAINS PARTNERSHIPS 35%
WORKS COLLABORATIVELY 35%
You have indicated a low level of stakeholder-centricity in the way you go about business partnership. While this is only a guide, you can improve your performance as a business partner by taking conscious steps to investigating and learning about your stakeholder's strategic goals and challenges, and implementing design-thinking or other approaches to ensure the work you deliver creates the highest value for stakeholders you support in partnership. As you do this, it is likely to have a flow on impact to the quality of your relationship and the capacity to create value for your stakeholders and business more effectively then you have done in the past.
You are displaying a moderate level of stakeholder-centric behaviour in your role, based on your responses. While it appears you are making efforts to be conscious of the strategic goals and needs of your business stakeholders, you can take action to increase your stakeholder-centricity by exploring your stakeholders needs and their strategic goals and performance measures. Utilising approaches such as design-thinking (empathising and defining key problems that your stakeholders are navigating from their perspective) to shape the way you work with them and the solutions you produce is important. This may lead to a need for reviewing and addressing lower-value activities that can 'get in the way'.
Your stakeholder centricity is at a strong level, based on your assessment of the actions you have taken in business partnership. Stakeholder-centric design of your engagement and work output appears to be a well-developed component of your approach to partnership, and it is likely you are anticipating the needs of your stakeholders due to your awareness of their needs and strategic goals, which is deeper than most. It is recommended you continue to explore design-thinking in the way you learn about, adapt, appreciate and develop solutions with and for the stakeholders you support in partnership.
You have indicated a low focus and awareness of delivering results in partnership with the stakeholders in your business. While you could be busy or completing 'business as usual' tasks, you may not be aligning your activities and resources to achieving goals with the stakeholders you partner with. It is recommended that you explore projects and improvements in the way you use your time that enable you to spend more time solve strategic and high value problems for your key stakeholders and your business.
You have indicated a moderate level of focus on delivering results in partnership with stakeholders. While you could be delivering on "business as usual" tasks, you could improve your value to stakeholders by shaping and using resources around you to develop solutions or solve strategic challenges in partnership with stakeholder. To raise your score, it may require you to remove, delegate or reduce time spent on lower value activities to focus more on the most valuable opportunities for your stakeholders.
Congratulations - You have indicated a high level of focus on delivering results as a business partner, based on your responses. Continue to manage resources and act resourcefully, which include people, systems and tools to find ways to help stakeholders solve problems and achieve their own results in partnership with you. You appear to be conscious of obstacles that may present quality partnership, and should continue to explore strategies to align to stakeholder goals and objectives.
You have indicated a low focus on building and maintaining partnerships in your role. This is the cornerstone of business partnership, and in huge value to your career and performance. To improve in this area, make efforts to align with your stakeholders on plans and projects, adopt relationship strategies and a consultative approach to understanding those you work with, and take time to consider inviting other members of your business to help solve problems or work on projects that add value to your stakeholders.
Your focus on building and maintaining partnerships in your organisation is at a moderate level, based on your responses. As a partner, forming alignment and adopting relationship building strategies that improve trust and reliability in the relationship is a valuable area to focus. Be also conscious of reaching out to others in your organisation to help you deliver value in partnership. Solving problems with others is an excellent way to start valuable relationships.
Building and maintaining partnerships appears to be an area of high focus in the action you take as a business partner. In partnership, continue to form an alliance with the stakeholder you work with, building confidence and trust in your relationship. This is the cornerstone for building business partnership in a sustainable and impactful way.
Coaching, facilitation and consulting skills have been a low focus, based on your responses. While you could be very effective in other areas, raising focus on listening, effective questions techniques, and models to lead discussion with your stakeholders can transform your effectiveness as a business partner.
Coaching, facilitation and consulting skills have been measured at a moderate level, based on your responses. The ability to help stakeholders think through problems, take on new perspectives, and work towards alignment and clarity in decision-making is highly important for effective business partnership. Consider exploring listening, coaching and methods of facilitating group discussions for positive impact.
As a business partner, you have indicated a high level of focus on coaching and facilitating communication models with partners that positively challenge and ensure alignment is found. This skill is important in the design-thinking phase to ensure you are able to understand customer needs, and should be maintained in partnership with others.
While you may take accountability for delivering tasks and outputs in your role, your responses indicate a low level of accountability for operating as an impactful business partner. Usually subtle changes in your focus and awareness of towards what is important in partnership with your stakeholder and prioritises these in your work outputs is a great way to start. Taking a perspective that your role has a greater purpose beyond completing tasks and deliverables, and linking your work to the outcomes of the business will lead to decisions and responsibilities you can demonstrate strong accountability and build trust in others around you.
According to your responses, you reflect a moderate level of accountability for performing as a business partner and encouraging a 'culture of partnership'. There is opportunity to raise your consciousness of how you cultivate alignment and resourcefulness when considering the strategic objectives of the business and the stakeholders you serve. To step up in this area, reflect on opportunities to demonstrate a sense of 'ownership' for the outcomes of the business and how you can use your broad range of skills and knowledge combined with your initiative to take problems, challenges or opportunities and develop better solutions for your business and the stakeholder you serve.
You display a high level of accountability, based on your responses, relative to operating as a trusted business partner and cultivating a 'culture of partnership' in your organisation. This means you not only consider your own actions and take a responsibility for business outcomes, but proactively support others in bringing these business outcomes to life. Continue to reflect on your development and learning opportunities as a leader and valued business partner, and proactively find new ways to help your stakeholders reach their strategic goals.
Unfortunately you have scored a low result in working collaboratively. This is a key enabler to moving projects forwards, accelerating the pace at which you resolve issues for your stakeholders, and unlocks potential in yourself and others. Also consider if you are seen as a 'blocker' and if you are, adopt ways of changing your approach to be positioned as an 'enabler'.
You are doing certain things to demonstrate a collaborative approach with stakeholders, team members and others in your organisation. This report doesn’t take into account the way others perceive these actions, but you taking some action to be collaborative. You could explore raising your focus on collaboration by taking time to get to know others around your organisation, explore ideas and challenges others are working through that may help your stakeholders, and potentially facilitate group discussions on projects or challenges you are working through.
Well done - You are taking action to work collaboratively with others in an effort to help your stakeholders, team and business achieve. While this doesn't take into account how others perceive you, it does indicate you are giving yourself the best chance of being seen by others as open to exploring ways of working through business challenges and collaborating on solutions and new ideas.