Building Alliances to Achieve your Strategic Goals

Why fight the battle alone, when you can be more effective with allies? Whether made up of other tribes or like-minded non-Indian organizations, a broad-based coalition has a better chance of achieving its goal. Coalitions can be formed for any number of reasons, including to seek funding, advocate for tribal issues, oppose harmful government and business actions or to achieve economic goals. Learn to identify and coordinate the alliances that will help your community.

This important class will walk you through the steps of developing alliances that will help your community achieve its goals. You’ll learn to tap into the strengths of organizations that have similar missions and goals. Hands-on activities and lively discussions will help you see how such coalitions can be organized and how to avoid the common pitfalls of working with outside organizations. You’ll learn how your alliance can work with federal and state agencies and you’ll discuss strategies for communicating within and outside your coalition. This timely and important class will fill up fast, so register today.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Self-Determination and Sovereignty
  • Self-determination: Then, now and future
  • How can alliances strengthen sovereignty?
  • Government-to-government relationships with:
    • Other tribes
    • States
    • The Federal government
  • Working with state and local partners
Identifying Strategic Partners
  • Identifying your mission or goal
  • Finding partners who share your goals
  • Building strength in numbers
  • Identifying potential partners':
    • Strengths
    • Resources
    • Interests
    • Potential conflicts
Organizing a Coalition or Council
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Setting a strategic direction
  • Picking a spokesperson
  • Deciding on a structure
  • Gathering resources
  • Evaluating and adjusting your coalition and council
  • Examples of different councils/coalitions
Planning Tools You Can Use
  • 8 steps to creating your strategic plan
  • Stages of team building
  • Action plan checklist
  • Meetings guidelines and checklist
  • Meeting minutes template
  • Coalition member gap analysis
  • Sustainability checklist
  • Sample:
    • Roles and job descriptions for members
    • Vision, mission and goals
    • Bylaws
  • Solutions for the most common problems
Communication Strategies
  • Within your coalition or council:
    • Define and communicate goals clearly
    • Seek input on members' goals
    • Set clear expectations
    • Establish between-meeting communication
    • Use subcommittees and task forces wisely
    • Should you hire a coordinator?
  • Outside your coalition or council
    • Messages that break through
    • Messages that don't break through
    • Barriers to messaging and understanding
    • Effective message delivery elements
Preempting Organizational Conflicts
  • Facilitating understanding of each member organization
  • Building a common vocabulary
  • Agreeing in advance on:
    • Ground rules
    • Communication methods
    • Necessary functions
    • Organizational roles and responsibilities
Conducting Effective Coalition or Council Meetings
  • Essential components of effective meetings:
    • Agenda
    • Skilled facilitation
    • Meeting notes with clear conclusions and next steps
    • 6 characteristics of effective meetings
  • How to handle common challenges:
    • Starting and ending on time
    • Difficulty making decisions
    • Questioning decisions that have already been made
    • Preferring to deal with small issues
    • Key persons not attending
    • Follow-through on tasks is lacking
Managing Interpersonal Conflict
  • Anticipating conflicts
  • Using a needs-based approach
  • Using conflict constructively
  • Handling group and organizational conflict
  • Group dynamics
Active Listening
  • Techniques to become an active listener
  • Listening for intent in emotional and non-emotional communications
  • Paraphrasing as a listening technique
  • Using empathy to improve your listening skills
Negotiation Skills
  • Finding common interests
  • Inventing options for mutual gain
  • Using fair criteria for reaching an agreement
  • Building relationships
Messaging for Leaders
  • Creating and delivering an effective messaging
  • Engaging the community
  • Engaging the media
Essentials of Effective Presentations
  • Public speaking tips
  • Designing a presentation that gets results
  • Presenting your ideas in a meeting
Assessing Yourself as a Coalition Member
  • Am I a high-functioning member?
  • Am I a transformative leader?

*Topics subject to change.

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