I’ve worked with Bob for more than 25 years on a wide array of efforts/projects ranging from public health emergencies to multi-year planning efforts. Inevitably, the successful completion of these projects required the collaboration of parties with vastly different agendas and definitions of success. Bob has displayed an unusual ability to assess the needs of the parties involved and craft a strategy for cooperation that will benefit everyone. He has a large tool box of strategies on how to get a team working together. I also want to mention that he is not content with just any collaborative outcome, he understands and pursues the right one — the best one for all parties involved. Bob commands respect in a room full of potential combatants without demanding it. He does his homework and comes with a plan that works. I don’t recall ever second guessing his methods or the outcome.
When you work with Bob Donaldson on a challenging, full-of-potential-pitfalls kind of project, you are in for one of the most rewarding professional achievements of your life. I have been working with Bob on complex infrastructure projects for nearly 20 years. He is a master at leading mission-oriented teams who respect, challenge, and support each other in working towards a common goal. For Bob, collaboration is not just a bunch of people sitting around a table making nice. Collaboration is work – hard work – real work. And the stakes for the outcome of the process are often very high. It is in this kind of environment that Bob thrives and excels. He produced a small “Guide to Collaborative Behaviors” for our team – this guide has become one of my “go to” resources in working with other clients who struggle with difficult team dynamics. It always works!
I have worked with Bob Donaldson and under his guidance for 20 years. During these years I interacted frequently with him and depended on him. Bob is very goal oriented as well as a team player, and always easygoing. He is keenly devoted to his work, but being a real people person, he is also enjoyable to be around. He is well organized and thrives under adversity. Creating a better world requires teamwork, partnerships, and collaboration. No one is better at creating this environment than Bob. What I have learned from him is that as you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. He has taught many of us that other people’s ideas are often better than our own and that when we find a group of people who challenge and inspire us, spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life.
I am the Refuge Manager for the 30,000-acre Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. For the past eight years I have worked directly with Bob Donaldson on a variety of issues concerning a sewage force main which runs through part of the Refuge at InnerBairIsland. Bob has proven time and time again to be extremely efficient, professional, and comprehensive with the many different tasks our agencies collaborated with, such as right of ways, memorandums of understanding, site logistics, and coordination efforts with multiple contractors. He has a can-do attitude with a very unique set of problem-solving skills to work through any issue that may arise in a timely and communicative approach. It has been a pleasure to work with Bob and I highly recommend him.
Collaborative Strategies’ Bob Donaldson is a tough and fair-minded person with years of experience in negotiating and representing the public good. California Wildlife Foundation has witnessed first hand his ability to take a complex issue with multiple party interests and bring projects to successful completion, on time and on budget. He is skillful and determined in meeting his contract obligations. We do not hesitate in recommending him to others based upon his past performance.
I have known Bob for over 12 years. Bob is an extremely trustworthy and ethical person. He has demonstrated a very steady and even character. He follows through on all projects in a timely manner and is very dependable. He has demonstrated the ability to work under a high pressure, fast paced environment while maintaining a good sense of humor. He is very comfortable and experienced talking with the board, making presentations and answering questions. I strongly believe that his work experience and character provides for the confidence you need in order to utilize Bob on any project.
Bob Donaldson gets it. He identifies the ailment of a fledgling organization that is slowed by a culture of mediocrity and timidity, and then lays out the cure. His no-nonsense leadership and organizational philosophy provide practical steps to help groups and teams of all sizes obliterate their status quo and establish a foundation for the team to thrive by inducing outstanding individual performance. As individuals are truly empowered to perform within the dynamic team environment, be prepared for revolutionary results!
I have worked very closely with Mr. Robert (Bob) Donaldson of Collaborative Strategies for over seven years. Bob is one of the most detail oriented and organized people I have ever met and displays these traits in his professional approach. Bob is extremely talented in his ability to work closely with others in strategic systems and organizations. He is able to bring many differing, and sometimes opposing, concepts together into one room and work out a collaborative solution to address whatever challenge the organization may be facing. I believe Bob’s absolute strongest skill is his ability to see the big picture related to the project at hand and set up systems that allow him or the designated project lead to organize and successfully carry out whatever project they are working to complete. This talent has been demonstrated not only on project related work, but also in workforce situations where Bob has organized teams to complete assignments in an orderly and structured manner…
I have closely witnessed the work and accomplishments of Robert Donaldson for more than 25 years in the various capacities he has held. Bob was able to facilitate the best solutions to a myriad of problems including technical, personnel, organizational, regulatory, functional, operational and administrative issues that he was continually confronted with. Bob was always cool headed and rational in his thinking and at his best in listening and then making assessments of the necessary actions to be taken. The list of projects and programs he successfully steered and is steering to the desired conclusions is impressive. I have always been impressed by how honestly and respectfully he treated each participant and conducted his activities in a manner that allowed everyone to express themselves and yet lead the discussion candidly and productively. Bob’s talents are many and I heartily and unequivocally recommend his engagement in any assignment that fits these talents.
Bob Donaldson combines many unique qualities into one powerful personality. He fosters strong team interactions by establishing clear lines of communication and a common understanding of chain of command. He keeps projects moving by focusing on the project objective, and identifying and removing impediments to progress. Bob builds teams of people with the necessary skills required for the assignment and he shares the credit with his collaborators. He provides an emotionally safe environment and encourages honest conversations. Bob mentors and coaches everyone he works with by sharing generously his good advice which he has in abundance.