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Strategic Engagement Skills for HR


Elevate your ability to influence change through ‘Strategic Engagement Skills’.

HR Professionals guiding clients through the people side of major business initiatives know from experience that influencing executives and employees to adjust to a fast-changing environment is the key to getting results. ‘Guiding others through change’ is one of the most critical, and at the same time, most underdeveloped capabilities in an HR Business Partner’s repertoire.  It is also among the most challenging to develop without guidance, and few disciplines cover it in their curricula. The Center for Strategy Realization helps HR professionals like you address that gap.

Solve Your Toughest Change Issues

High-energy modules immerse you in relevant concepts and cases through application.  Program content drives directly to the core of the most challenging people related issues on major projects:

  • Enhance Sponsorship
    Shape sponsor behavior patterns for success; together create the compelling story they must tell and reframe key issues.
  • Improve Role Positioning
    Move from a “pair-of-hands” to a strategic advisor; play a value-added development role with sponsors.
  • Coach Leadership Teams
    Learn incisive questions that align leaders on divisive issues; deal with dysfunction and political challenges.
  • Enhance Project Teams
    Shape direction faster; improve team decision making and coordination; reduce confusion and conflict.
  • Strengthen Middle Management
    Artfully guide people managers to localize change and develop the commitment necessary for success.
  • Drive Engagement
    Learn the exact employee dialogue required for change; address deep resistance and non-compliance.
  • Develop Accountability
    Learn how to deepen accountability and sustain results through persuasive dialogue and other techniques.



The Strategic Engagement Skills Program guides mid-senior HR professionals to reach new levels of capability by applying powerful influence and engagement techniques that dramatically enhance personal effectiveness, the ability to develop their leaders, and drive results to the bottom line.

This program is ideal for:

  • HR Business Partners
  • COE leaders of major projects (e.g. Talent Management, Recruiting, Compensation, etc.)
  • HR PMO teams leading or supporting major organizational initiatives requiring behavior change


Learn to Change Behavior

Built around a comprehensive change leadership competency assessment, this program integrates a variety of interactive methods to reveal the most current and effective ways to deepen presence, frame expectations, and reframe difficult issues to effectively influence sponsors, leadership teams, middle level managers and employees to engage in the behaviors necessary for success.

The in-depth, 2-day in-class workshop or 8-week virtual live curriculum is designed for professionals committed to becoming effective influencers, successful relationship managers, and great coaches. The course teaches the full range of practical skills needed to guide others through change.

Most importantly, the program is specifically designed to teach strategic engagement skills intuitively, through situations and conversations that project professionals deal with every day. With a practical and easy to apply approach, it focuses on modeling the actual words and techniques required to support others in leading real world change.

Interactive and Hands-On

  • Personal Skills Assessment
    Participants complete a comprehensive assessment of their competencies across seven dimensions. This creates a detailed roadmap for development and action planning.
  • Learning Labs
    Focused, short-burst modules dive deep into concepts, surface questions, and sustain energy. In-class application accelerates ROI.
  • Project Assessment
    Uncover patterns of success and under-performance on your/your client’s project; identify actions needed to address.
  • Anytime/Anywhere Access
    In addition to in-class materials, receive access to a private portal available 24/7 on multiple devices to ensure constant access to tools: assessments, checklists, frameworks, and conversation guides.
  • Networking
    From mixed group sessions, leverage a high-performing peer group offering a supportive a ‘stretch’ environment that takes performance to the next level.
  • Expert Instructors
    Experienced implementation leaders with deep business acumen share insights and guide participants through  dynamic discussions and practical examples.


For Professionals Leading Change:

  • Accelerate project results, consistently achieve tough goals, and position yourself in a more strategic role.
  • Effectively coach leaders on how to sponsor and execute change.
  • Develop a reputation for building relationships that help executives achieve what they say they want.
  • Overcome personal agendas; navigate the politics of change with less risk.
  • Communicate and influence skillfully to break down barriers, reduce friction, and influence motivation.
  • Formulate powerful questions that create insights and bring  important issues to the surface for resolution.
  • Develop the gravitas  that is essential to address difficult behavior.
  • Facilitate persuasive conversations that move people to action.

For the Organization & Executives:

  • Realize the business benefits and ROI expected from major initiatives.
  • Develop capabilities required to achieve the company’s transformation; accelerate results and restore productivity quickly.
  • Build a performance culture that achieves vital goals and objectives.
  • Engage employees at all levels and prepare key talent for future roles.
  • Build the foundation for an agile internal capability that can be deployed to change company culture and drive enterprise goals.
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“Absolutely relevant, very insightful. Best HR seminar I have been through yet!”  

Director, Human Resources


“I was pleasantly surprised with how many takeaways there are for me in my L&D role!”

Director, Learning & Development

“I learned a lot from this training. You provided me with the ability to look at a change management toolbox and use it more fluidly and strategically. The  class was terrific, and I now have a solid grip on change for my everyday work.”

Jennie E.

Jennie E., HR, Employee Engagement Program Lead
Mondelez International

“This was one of the best courses I've ever taken… extremely timely and relevant.”

HR Business Partner