Organizational Savvy

Political Skills Training Program

How to Successfully Navigate Power and Politics with Integrity with Strategic Influence Skills

Political skills Training Program
Despite excellent intentions, many of us become victims of “behind-the-scenes” political and power dynamics operating in their organizations in the form of turf wars, ego, and even sabotage. This high-energy intensive two-day political skills training program adjusts attitudes about workplace power and politics, confronts naïveté about organizational dynamics, and provides practical political skills and strategic influence skills for building organizational impact with integrity.

Because politics are part of every organization, we believe that organizational savvy is a mission-critical competency for today’s leaders.  At their worst, internal workplace politics threaten an organization’s ability to achieve its desired results and block an individual’s career progress. At their best, workplace politics ensure that high-integrity, competent people achieve positive power to create high performance with integrity”

Learning Objectives
In this unique political and strategic influence skills program, participants receive a “political wake-up call” on the business need for entering the political arena.  People learn to read the signals that they may be under-political, realize a more constructive definition of “politics,” recognize two primary Political Styles with their strengths and risks, and hone 13 non-manipulative strategies for navigating corporate politics with integrity.

  • Detect and protect yourself from potentially negative actions of overly political, power-oriented colleagues, bosses, or customers.
  • Learn practical, non-manipulative strategies for entering the political arena while maintaining integrity (e.g., networking, promoting yourself, handling hidden agendas, lobbying ethically, managing the corporate “buzz,” avoiding sabotage, building your power base).
  • Learn two primary political power styles in organizations, what influences them, and how to avoid the dangers of adopting the extreme of either style.
  • Defuse any emotional upset you have about politics as a fact of organizational life, so that you will waste less time and energy. Instead you’ll become “street smart” and strategic.
  • Recognize any tip-offs that you may be naive about the level of politics you face. Learn how to present your ideas or challenge others’ ideas with appropriately firm vocabulary, and adjust your language according to the power dynamics of the situation.
  • Detect, prevent, and manage deception since even top leaders are vulnerable to distorted information, misrepresentation, and manipulation that can scorch company resources and reputations.
  • Learn to recognize and handle sabotage in group situations by deftly managing resistance and challenges to your credibility or position

Approach
This dynamic and highly customized political skills workshop uses an online Organizational Savvy Self-Assessment, concrete skill practices, customized case studies, experiential activities, break-out groups, and action planning.

Benefits to Your Organization:

  • As you raise your odds of career and project success through increased influence and impact, your company also receives payoffs from your new insights and organizational savvy.
  • Participants become more empowered and willing to network for inter-team collaboration and cross- organizational learning.
  • Helping people accept and manage organizational politics as a corporate fact of life reduces employee stress and attrition while increasing positive influence.
  • The practice of ethical politics ensures a more positive company reputation.

Target Audience
Leaders and employees at all levels who seek to increase their political awareness and enhance their high-integrity political skills, especially during high stakes situations.

Senior-level professionals who work cross-functionally, requiring strategic influence skills, and/or routinely interacting at higher levels of leadership.

Sales Executives who interact with C-Level client executives.

If you would like to learn more about why leading companies find this program effective, please contact us.

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