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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.
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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:
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.