The old adage is…”It’s not what you know, but who you know (and who knows YOU)!” It may be an old saying, but it couldn’t be more true today. Like it or not, relationships and politics really do matter – oftentimes even more than seniority, experience, academic background, or other factors we were all told would help us climb the achievement ladder. No one told us that skills like influencing and persuading others, networking effectively, managing up, and strategic career management could have a more direct impact on career progression than subject matter expertise. Politics isn’t necessarily a bad word. Instead of avoiding it, embrace it in your own way with your own style. This presentation offers valuable tips and best practices to help you navigate political waters successfully with ethics and poise. We will review the following topics:
- Developing personal/professional networks
- Bases of power for persuasion and influence
- Leveraging personal image to build credibility and sell ideas
Remember that you can’t win the game if you don’t play. Learn a few tips and techniques to help develop your “A game”!