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  • 1. The Political Lens C J VIGNESH PSG
  • 2. Three Classic Lenses of Organizations Strategic Design Lens Organization Political Lens Cultural Lens
  • 3. The Political Lens
    • Objectives
      • Understand the importance and effectiveness of power and politics in organizations
      • Provide a tool to conduct a personal network analysis
      • Discuss networks & mentors as sources of power
  • 4. The Political Lens
      • How power and influence are distributed and wielded
      • How multiple stakeholders express their different preferences and get involved in (or excluded from) decisions
      • How conflicts can be resolved
  • 5. Sources of Power
    • 1) Personal characteristics
      • Energy/physical stamina
      • Focus
      • Sensitivity to interests of others
      • Flexibility
      • Ability to tolerate conflict
    • 2) Scarce and valued expertise
    • 3) Track record
    • 4) Formal position in organizational hierarchy
    • 5) Informal network position
    Power: ability to influence behavior of others
  • 6. Manager as politician
    • Key concepts
      • Power
      • Interests
    • Key processes
      • Conflict
      • Coalition building
      • Networking
  • 7. Manager as politician
    • Role of the leader
      • Identifying and leveraging interests
      • Building coalitions
      • Negotiating
    • Stimulus for change
      • Shifts in dominant coalition
      • Shifts in power of stakeholders
  • 8. Developing Political Networks
  • 9. Benefits of Networks to Managers
    • Task networks
      • Identifies gaps in information flow, the inefficient use of resources, and the failure to generate new ideas
    • Friendship networks
      • Assists with implementing a major change and dealing with a crisis
    • Advice networks
      • Uncovers sources of political conflicts
  • 10. Strategies for Developing Network
    • Be proactive
      • All encounters are opportunities to develop your network
    • Broaden your view of from whom you can learn and benefit
    • Focus on the value you add to the network
      • Have something to trade
      • Reciprocity may not be immediate
  • 11. Strategies for Developing Network
    • Take a long-term view
      • Begin building relationships before you really need them
      • Seek two outcomes
        • Success in achieving your immediate objective
        • Success in improving the relationship so that the next exchange will be more productive
    • Have both formal and informal mentors
  • 12. Strategies for Developing Network
    • Develop multiple mentor relationships
      • Do not become overly dependent on a single person
    • Be realistic
      • Trust and credibility aren’t established overnight
      • Invest the time needed to develop your network
  • 13.
    • THANK YOU !!!