The Art of Building Coalition – with Superiors, Colleagues, and Customers
Mutually beneficial partnerships are at the very foundations of our society. In friendships and relationships, a mutually beneficial partnership could just mean that you both enjoy each other’s company. In business, it might mean that you both stand to gain something by working together. A coalition is a partnership whereby two or more people or groups share goals and values, and wish to help each other achieve them. In the workplace, building coalitions with your colleagues can result in smoother teamwork and communication. With superiors, a coalition could mean that you might be considered for positions or opportunities that you wouldn’t have been otherwise. And with customers or clients, doing an excellent job for them could lead to more work down the line as they spread word about the quality of your service. Building coalitions can be tricky, requiring trust and respect from everyone involved. Teamwork coaching can help develop skills that can lead to improved coalition building. Both parties need to have a certain amount of endurance to maintain the partnership. Remember that a solid coalition can never be built on a foundation of “What can this person do for ME?” It has to be build on a foundation of “How can WE work together to get what WE want.”
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