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Building Coalitions The Art of Successful Collaboration


  • May 10-14, 2021 at *ONLINE*, online course, Tuition: $3300  (#25311)   FULL
    Start Time: 8:30 AM | End Time: 5:00 PM


The Building Coalitions course is about preparing senior Federal professionals to lead collaboratively in a government capable of successful adaptation to new circumstances, issues, and opportunities. Downsized workforces, intractable problems, and difficult customers all create an increasing need for better partnerships. The evidence is all around us, there is a trend toward greater cooperation among Federal agencies, with state and local agencies, nonprofits, and even private sector companies.

The course is designed to support senior leaders in expanding perspectives and collaborating with others by exploring the dynamics of relationship building and the exercise of personal influence and authority. While designed to strengthen an individual’s capacity for collaborative leadership in today’s complex government environment, the course addresses key questions of trust, differing administrative structures and cultures, and the egos and turf issues that often get in the way of cooperative efforts.

Finally, the course introduces strategies on how organizations can best share resources, decision-making, and ownership of the final product or service. Participants are given the framework, tools, and confidence to build coalitions and create change through proactive collaboration.

How You Will Benefit

By the end of the course, participants will be able to

  • Enhance one's understanding of ‘self’ in an organizational and governmental context and ‘self’ as a leader in a collaborative context.
  • Learn and apply collaborative approaches to framing issues, broadening perspective, and analyzing alternative strategies in problem solving and apply tools to a real organizational improvement issue.
  • Identify the many ways successful collaboration benefits an organization and learn how other agencies succeed through collaboration and which "speed bumps" slow progress.
  • Develop strategies for anticipating and dealing with the issues faced while collaborating, and create and apply a tested framework for implementing successful collaboration back in the workplace.
  • Understand the power of influence in problem solving and negotiation, and identify and practice the ability to influence others and contribute to high quality group work environments.
  • Recognize barriers to change that may prevent collaboration from within oneself, from others, and from the organizational environment.

Who Should Attend

SES members, GS 14/15s and their equivalents in state, local, and international government


Participants must have taken at least one of the following assessment instruments for leadership self-awareness prior to attending the class:

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • StrengthsFinders
  • EQi
  • DiSC
  • OPM Leadership 360 or equivalent

If participants have not taken any of the assessments list above, it is recommended that participants complete one of the following courses prior to attending this course.

  • Leadership Assessment Program 1 (LAP 1)
  • Leadership Assessment Program 2 (LAP 2)

Additional Information

Pre-work: Each participant is asked to prepare a one to two page description of a current management problem to share with their small group. The problem can be anything that would lend itself to group problem solving, for example, a personnel issue, organizational barriers, blocked communication, etc. On the first day of class each participant shares their problem with their small group, after which the group jointly chooses one to work on throughout the course.


Lodging and meals are not included in the tuition.