Winter is coming (insert Jon Snow meme here).
What does that mean for your collaborative? There’s no one who knows the answer better than you and your collaborative members. Here are three questions to discuss together as you plan for the months ahead.
1) How do holidays impact our service to veterans in the community?
2) Are we prepared to handle increased mental health needs?
3) Does weather change the way we do business?
(Relevant to communities affected by snow, ice, cold, and harsh winter weather. If you live somewhere balmy, I’m jealous. Feel free to skip ahead.)
Through conversations guided by these questions, you may learn that there are strategic partnerships you can build or mutually reinforcing activities you can plan to help you overcome winter’s challenges. For example, if seasonal employment presents challenges, can two seasonal employers synch up to hire employes year-round?
Chances are that the issues that arise during your discussion of these questions are recurrent ones that members of your collaborative deal with each year, on their own. Sometimes, recurrent issues are a part of the rhythm of life, but not every issue is inevitable. By taking the time to think intentionally and collectively about the winter’s challenges, you create a collaborative opportunity to strategize.