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Let’s Get Political: Employing Influence Tactics with Integrity


Many professionals are skilled and visionary, yet they are often stymied by resistance to new ideas, power plays, deceptions, and sabotage. This workshop provides proven strategies to help you succeed in the face of challenges to your reputation, initiative, or career goals. You will leave this workshop understanding how to apply politically astute tactics that honors principles of integrity and strengthens your impact in advancing change and a successful career.

Among the subjects covered are:

  • What are your own assumptions and beliefs about politics
  • Why does human nature precipitate unhealthy politics
  • How to discover the “buzz” on you  and manage your identity
  • How to detect deception and misleading information  from adversaries
  • How to communicate persuasively
  • How to build a network of allies and promote your ideas
  • How to decipher unwritten organizational rules
  • How to use political tactics to enhance your influence as a change agent

Course addresses Executive Core Qualification #5

  • Political Savvy
  • Partnering
  • Influencing/Negotiation

Acquiring these competencies is important for managers at all levels of the organization.

Taught by Donald G. Zauderer, Ph.D

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2005 -2015 Donald G. Zauderer
Donald G. Zauderer is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration at American University and former Senior Advisor at the Brookings Institution.