Executive Education Course

Finding Common Ground

Finding Common Ground

People can disagree about almost anything from the best strategic direction for a company to individual disagreements about political views and values. These disagreements can take the form of office politics, political maneuvering, or public policy problems. In a professional setting, differences of opinion can impede progress and stall work productivity. The question remains: How do you make progress when working with people who disagree with you—even when it seems practically impossible?

In this course, award-winning professors at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will help you gain a more nuanced understanding of how to overcome disagreements, how to approach those who hold different opinions and views, and how to influence others.

Some of the biggest obstacles to progress lie in how people approach a discussion, structure their messages, and view those who hold different opinions. In “Finding Common Ground,” you will learn how to frame your messages to appeal to people whose opinions otherwise seem non-negotiable, and make progress on even the most divisive issues.

The Batten School is unique in its approach to public policy by virtue of its focus on leadership. The world-class faculty have won university-level and international teaching awards, and are recognized as experts in decision-making, gender and racial diversity, conflict resolution, influence, negotiations, interpersonal dynamics, ethics, and humanitarian affairs.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a record of participation. 

Virtual Classroom:
It is possible to attend this class virtually. Please contact us directly at least two weeks in advance if this is an option you would like to consider. We will not consider additional virtual attendees after October 13th, 2019.

Cancellations made within 14 calendar days of the start date will incur a fee equal to 50% of the published program cost. Withdrawals within 7 days of the start of the program are subject to forfeiture of the total program cost. 

Contact Information:

At a Glance


October 25th, 2019 8:00AM - 5:00PM


UVA Darden Sands Family Grounds
1100 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209

Registration Cost

This includes all materials, breakfast and lunch. Registration & registration fees are non-transferrable.

*There is a $50 discount for UVA alumni/affiliates and non-profit employees (combinable).

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