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Questions for Building Stakeholder Alliances

One of my domains of expertise is executive and leadership development coaching. My most recent client engagement involved facilitating a two day program on influence and helping leaders to move from a transactional to a transformation leadership stance. Part of the program focused on questions to explore when developing strategic stakeholder alliances.

Questions to Consider When Building Stakeholder Alliances

  • What is this person’s (formal and informal) relationship to me?

  • What’s the best way for us to establish a solid partnership?

  • What strengths can we build on?

  • How can I enlist them as an ally for my business project?

  • What might I be doing that’s working against our partnership?

  • What obstacles need overcoming and what’s my strategy for that?

  • What agreements do we have in place to handle conflict when it arises?

  • What did we explicitly agree to and set forth as clear goals and expectations?

  • What have we agreed to practice in order to bring out the best in each other?

  • How is our communication? Do we regularly review and assess what we’re learning?

  • If I am experiencing resistance, where is it coming from and how can I best address it?

  • What else can be done to strengthen our partnership?

Investing some upfront time to answer these questions for yourself before meeting with your stakeholders can prepare you to work from a position of strength and help you avoid costly missteps.

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