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