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Transforming Support Functions into Strategic Business Partners & Internal Consultants – (CTS)

May 17, 2021
May 24, 2021
+234, 08090546055, 08090546031


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To be noticed as a strategic business partner you must become deeply involved in matters of individual and organization performance. To contribute to performance, the way you work must fit with the strategy and design of the organization. Effective business partners operate at multiple levels of analysis: at the individual, work group, business unit, organization and cross-organizational levels. You must not be an individual performer; you must contribute to the development and performance wherever it is strategically important in your business area. You must also have a good understanding of industry trends and competitive issues.

This program is designed to provide business partners with the skills and knowledge that will enable you to successfully partner and consult for organizational performance and ensure that you add tangible value. Delegates will gain insight into their personal leadership, communication and ability to ‘sell’ and ‘persuade’ the value you can provide to internal customers. You will learn the latest strategies that leading organizations use today for building high performing business partners. The goal of this program is to help participants understand the new role business partners should make for themselves and tackle its implementation.



Participants on the Strategic Internal Business Partner training course will be able to:

  • Know how needs develop in the mind of department heads
  • Know how internal customers make the decision to “buy”
  • Know how to strategically align yourself to the “buyer’s” psychological buying phases
  • Know how to handle risk objections
  • Convince the internal customer that you understand their business
  • Get the internal customer to admit and focus on problems you can address
  • Diagnose business problems with a bias toward your capabilities
  • How to gain access to and establish credibility with line executives



P4PE Strategic Internal Business Partner training course is designed for business partners who have the responsibility for leading, negotiating and building rapport with internal teams, managing change, managing an and implementing strategic objectives. Those who must get the work done through others but who have no formal authority would also greatly benefit from this course.



Module 1- Business Patronship Skills

    • Consulting, selling and persuasion difficulties of participants
    • Identifying where internal customers are having problems
    • Background to the role and responsibilities of business partners
    • Managing your behavior as a business partner
    • Basic principles of being a consultant business partner
    • How people/departments “buy” and their levels of need
    • Organizational interdependence
    • Work with sponsors and decision makers


Module 2 - Understanding Your Audience

    • Shifting concerns throughout the ‘buy’ cycle
    • Phases of the buying process
    • Addressing buyer objections by phase
    • Alignment of buying and consulting behavior
    • Staying in alignment throughout the cycle
    • Anticipating the buyer’s behavior
    • Closing without closing and vision creation
    • Developing solutions when the buyer has complex problems and you have intangible capabilities
    • Conducting a thorough diagnosis of needs
    • Leading the buyer to an agreed vision


Module 3 - Leading, Motivating and Securing Strategic Alignment

    • Strategic alignment
    • Initial meeting introduction
    • Meeting objective and your positioning statement
    • Transition into vision creation
    • Getting buyer to admit and own their problem or needs
    • Problem diagnosis
    • Vision creation and your capability statement
    • Close the meeting and agree further exploration


Module 4 - Buyer Qualification

    • Buyer (internal customer) qualification
    • Negotiating the ‘sell’ cycle
    • Proposal definition
    • Gaining access to the real decision maker
    • Sell cycle control emails
    • When to use key consulting steps
    • Consulting activity by phase
    • Competitive strategies
    • Building tactical competitive tools using the language of your internal customer


Module 5 - From Theory to Implementation

    • Negotiation skills
    • Buyer’s and the business partner’s emotional hurdle
    • How to negotiate the ‘sell’ cycle in advance
    • The five components of cost justification using a specific cost justification model
    • How to maximize utilization of technical and other in-house resources
    • How to work with third party consultants
    • Course summary and review


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