Alignment Rockford is a Ford NGL community. What does this mean? Not only are students at the center of everything we do, but just like Alignment, Ford NGL is a larger organization that helps communities prepare a collaborative community-driven approach to achieve a new way of learning. You’ve already seen this in action with our College and Career Academies of Rockford.
This month, our Alignment Team has been attending training sessions from the Ford NGL network. The series is about forming Powerful Partnerships within organizations and communities. In our last session on Building Transformational Relationships to Engage and Sustain Community Partnerships, we talked about the difference between transactional and transformational relationships, and how they affect partnerships between organizations.
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A transactional relationship is a relationship that will use people for their gifts or talent. Your needs come first ahead of anyone else. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing. Being transactional helps us to act in self-preserving ways, which is particularly important in a business sense. For example, when assigning tasks to group members, you want to make sure the tasks are assigned according to strength and expertise in that subject. Not only are you thinking logically, but utilizing each person for their strengths to increase project output is a transactional relationship.
A transformational relationship is a relationship that focuses more on the message, not the task. The focus is simply to love, inspire and care for the other. For example, in the group project, the goals, missions, or outcomes that are collectively decided are part of a transformational relationship between the partners at the table. They’re all agreeing to a common goal for the good of the subject.
These relationships are valuable for organizations like Alignment Rockford because of what we do. Aligning community members and business leaders to shape the way we look at education with RPS 205. Truth is, it’s important to have both transactional and transitional relationships when forming partnerships:
We need transactional relationships to keep ourselves on track, while keep in mind the transformational goal of the group.