Have you ever felt powerless to implement an important new idea? Have you ever been "blind-sided" at a meeting? Have you ever lost two good employees because you could find no way to keep them from attacking each other? These are some of the issues of organizational politics.
Many of us have become enmeshed in politics from time to time, but we've also known some people who seem to be able to engage and prosper. How is that done? We cover the territory from three perspectives.
Politics of the Self Unless we can manage our own inner politics, we have little hope of mastering organizational politics. We've all had the experience of "acting without thinking" — yet, in a literal sense, all action requires thinking. So when we act without thinking, we're really acting without awareness. We explore possible paths to increasing self-awareness — for practical purposes — and learn what immediate benefits become available to the self-aware.
Dyadic Politics: Relationships I sincerely enjoyed
your workshop. I was there to be refreshed and your workshop delivered. I also learned some great
tips for dealing with and spotting workplace politics. It appeared to me that everyone in
attendance was hungry for that sort of information. Thank you and I hope to attend another one of
your workshops! — Bonnie Lowe, US Army Officer
PS: Your newsletter and e-books are awesome.Close, trusting relationships are essential for health and political success. In a dynamic workplace, where people come and go ever more rapidly, forming these relationships quickly is a decided advantage politically, and makes work much more fun. We explore what works for you personally, and try to broaden your skills in relationship formation and maintenance.
Politics and the Organization Wherever we sit in the hierarchy, the culture of the organization is more powerful than we are. We can influence it, but we cannot control it. Success lies in understanding our limitations and searching for solutions that respect our limitations. We explore several techniques for navigating the organizational sea, and for knowing when to seek safe harbor.
Program structure and content
We learn through exercises, simulations, and post-program activities. We explore these aspects of politics, and apply models of group behavior to show participants how they might:
- Distinguish the three domains of political interaction.
- Develop enhanced self-awareness and situation awareness.
- Maintain a feeling of centeredness.
- Become more adept at seeing things from the viewpoints of others.
- Recognize political ploys in routine patterns.
- See opportunities that might now be going unnoticed.
- Become more skilled at choosing from among political options.
We usually think The one-day and two-day formats of this program include copies of my ebook 303 Secrets of Workplace Politics for all participants and their supervisors (a value). Ideal for those who like to supplement their learning by reading, or as a reference for later study. Moreof workplace skills as if they were free of emotional content. We hold this belief even though we know that our most difficult situations can be highly charged. Despite these sincere beliefs, taking personal or organizational performance to the next level does require learning how to apply what we know even in situations of high emotional content. That's why this program uses a learning model that differs from the one often used for technical content.
Our learning model is I really enjoyed this class. As a former believer that I did not participate in office politics Rick opened my eyes! I now know the truth that everyone is a participant. This class taught me to recognize office politics and how to "play the game" to my advantage. — Carl Contipartly experiential, which makes the material accessible even during moments of stress. Using a mix of presentation, simulation, group discussion, and metaphorical team problems, we make available to participants the resources they need to make new, more constructive choices even in tense situations.
Executives, leaders, managers, and project team members. We work either with individuals, or with an entire team or with a group drawn from many teams.
Available formats range from 50 minutes to two full days. The longer formats allow for more coverage or more material, more experiential content and deeper understanding of issues specific to audience experience.
- "Rick is a dynamic presenter who thinks on his feet to keep the material relevant to the
— Tina L. Lawson, Technical Project Manager, BankOne (now J.P. Morgan Chase)
- "Rick truly has his finger on the pulse of teams and their communication."
— Mark Middleton, Team Lead, SERS