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WIN AT THE GAME OF OFFICE POLITICS

Jo Miller, CEO, Women‟s Leadership Coaching, Inc.

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Corporate subscribers

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Welcome back!

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Jo Miller
CEO
Women‟s Leadership Coaching, Inc.

• Specializes in helping women break into leadership in


industries that have been traditionally considered 'a man's
world', such as technology, finance and energy.
• Since 1998, has developed and implemented leadership
development programs that have benefited women
worldwide.
• Delivers over 60 speaking presentations annually to
audiences of up to 1,200 women for women‘s conferences
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In this webinar

1) Why you can‟t afford to ignore office


politics
2) The shadow organization map
3) The unwritten, unspoken „rules of the
game‟

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WHY YOU CAN‟T AFFORD TO
IGNORE OFFICE POLITICS

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Do you enjoy playing the game?


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Of 100 aspiring
women leaders in
high-tech, only 2% of
women at a high tech
company strongly felt
they knew how to
navigate office politics
Many women
positively and
managers find
Of 954 effectively.
engaging in office
professional politics to be
women, 23% difficult and
reported office painful, and some
politics as their even view it as
biggest ―evil‖.
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frustration.
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So why not just ignore it?

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“Avoiding (office) politics
altogether can be deadly for
your career. Every workplace
has an intricate system of
power, and you can — and
should — work it ethically to
your best advantage.”
— Erin Burt
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Those who are politically savvy

Have better Have better Are seen Are less


career career as more likely to
prospects trajectories promotable derail

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Be Turn into
positively someone
Ignore it
politically you don‟t
savvy like

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4 competencies of the
positively politically savvy:

Social Interpersonal
astuteness influence

Networking
Sincerity
ability
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Who do you know who
does this well?

What qualities or
characteristics do they
have?

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Office Politics

Organizational Awareness

Being a savvy observer of the


communication and relationships that
surround you in your organization.
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THE SHADOW
ORGANIZATION MAP

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The Org Chart

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THE ORG CHART
Doesn‘t tell the full story

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THE SHADOW ORGANIZATION

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The Org Chart

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 Relationships

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 Relationships

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 Relationships
 Influence

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 Relationships
 Influence
 Coalitions

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 Relationships
 Influence
 Coalitions

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 Relationships
 Influence
 Coalitions
 Key Influencers

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 Relationships
 Influence
 Coalitions
 Key Influencers
 Verticals

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EXERCISE:

What are some ways to gather


information to map your shadow
organization?
a) In face-to-face interactions
b) Virtually

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THE RULES OF THE GAME

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Every organization has unwritten,
unspoken “Rules of the Game”.

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EXERCISE:

1) Identify some ―rules of the game‖ in


your organization.

2) What are ways to navigate ethically


and effectively within these rules?

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What if you don‟t like the
game that is being played?
Mid-level and
Early career
senior-level

• Create a • Be a
work- game-
around changer

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In this webinar
1) Why you can‟t afford to ignore
office politics
2) The shadow organization map
3) The unwritten, unspoken „rules of
the game‟

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Poised for Leadership Workshop

April 30 in Sunnyvale, CA
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womensleadershipcoaching.com/pfl
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Recommended

Ask an Executive: A Q&A session with


Nina Simosko of Nike
www.womensleadershipcoaching.blogspot.com/2014/02/ask-executive-
winning-at-game-of-office.html

Women and Political Savvy. How to build


and embrace a fundamental leadership
skill.
www.ccl.org/leadership/pdf/research/WomenPoliticalSavvy.pdf
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Building Relationships of Trust

Tuesday, April 22
Trust is the fundamental building
block of authentic workplace
relationships. Every conversation
presents an opportunity to build –
or destroy – trust. Learn the dos
and don‘ts of creating trust.

With Joanne Collins and Jody Mahoney.


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The recording will be posted on Thursday in
the membership site at
www.womensleadershipcoaching.com

Click Member Log-in

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Discussion Questions
1) What insights did you gain from your shadow
organization map?
2) What are some ways to gather information
for your map? (Virtually and face to face?)
3) Identify any gaps in your network. What will you
do, to close those gaps?
4) What ‗rules of the game‘ have you encountered?
5) What are ways to navigate those rules?
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