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Transactional vs Transformational Relationships

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September 19, 2018

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. 

Source: Ford NGL 

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. 

Source: http://freddiescott.org/transactional-vs-transformational-relationships/

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.

Source: http://freddiescott.org/transactional-vs-transformational-relationships/

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.  

5 thoughts on “Transactional vs Transformational Relationships”

  • Jenn Edge

    I love seeing this blog – thanks for the source link and the share with your stakeholders. It’s amazing to see your connections and I’m so thrilled you are enjoying and finding value in the Ford NGL U trainings, most recently the Ford NGL Powerful Partnership series! We are excited to have a partnership with Rockford and look forward to many more connecting the dots opportunities with you all. Keep rocking Alignment Rockford!

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  • Jessica Delgado

    Great reflection! Can’t wait to ‘see’ you on the next session and hoping more of our Rockford family can join. https://www.fordngl.com/events/powerful-partnerships-series-let-s-get-down-to-business

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  • Jenn Edge

    I love seeing this blog – thanks for the source link and the share with your stakeholders. It’s amazing to see your connections and I’m so thrilled you are enjoying and finding value in the Ford NGL U trainings, most recently the Ford NGL Powerful Partnership series! We are excited to have a partnership with Rockford and look forward to many more connecting the dots opportunities with you all. Keep rocking Alignment Rockford! Can’t wait to see you in the next one on Oct 18– https://www.fordngl.com/events/the-power-of-value-propositions-a-collaborative-approach-to-engagement

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  • Jenn Edge

    I love seeing this blog – thanks for the source link and the share with your stakeholders. It’s amazing to see your connections and I’m so thrilled you are enjoying and finding value in the Ford NGL U trainings, most recently the Ford NGL Powerful Partnership series! We are excited to have a partnership with Rockford and look forward to many more connecting the dots opportunities with you all. Keep rocking Alignment Rockford! Can’t wait to see you in the next one on Oct18– https://www.fordngl.com/events/the-power-of-value-propositions-a-collaborative-approach-to-engagement

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  • Jennifer Edge

    I love seeing this blog – thanks for the source link and the share with your stakeholders. It’s amazing to see your connections and I’m so thrilled you are enjoying and finding value in the Ford NGL U trainings, most recently the Ford NGL Powerful Partnership series! We are excited to have a partnership with Rockford and look forward to many more connecting the dots opportunities with you all. Keep rocking Alignment Rockford! Can’t wait to see you in the next one on Oct18– https://www.fordngl.com/events/the-power-of-value-propositions-a-collaborative-approach-to-engagement

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Vision
Alignment Rockford envisions all students graduating from high school with marketable employment skills or enrolling in post-secondary education. They are eager to live, work, learn, create, and play in the Rockford Region as contributing adults.

Mission
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