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You're smart. You deliver. What else could your company want from you? Why don’t they come to you for the big decisions? Why won’t they listen to your proposals? It seems like everyone has an agenda …

You're smart. You deliver. What else could your company want from you? Why don’t they come to you for the big decisions? Why won’t they listen to your proposals? It seems like everyone has an agenda and they’re doing everything they can to kill your great ideas. To be effective leader we must bring more than our academic pedigrees to a organization. This session attempts to explain the complex nature of organizational politics and how to survive in a dynamic and often chaotic environment.


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    • 1. Organizational Politics Clint Edmonson A Survival Guide
    • 2. Disclaimer
    • 3. Part 1: The Nature of Politics
    • 4. Responsibility Authority Power Influence
    • 5. The Purpose Driven Social System
    • 6. Chaos Theory Point Attractors Cycle Attractors Strange Attractors
    • 7. Life is like high school
    • 8. Part 2: Who’s Got An Agenda?
    • 9. Who’s Got An Agenda? Everybody’s got an agenda!
    • 10. Your CEO’s Agenda
    • 11. Economics In One Slide Profit = Revenue - Costs We live in a growth economy.
    • 12. “ I need to grow the company”
    • 13. Your CIO’s Agenda
    • 14. Is the CIO a technologist who understands the business? or a business person who understands technology?
    • 15. “ I need to add value to the business”
    • 16. Your Director’s Agenda
    • 17. “ I need to get the right people working on the right projects”
    • 18. Your Manager’s Agenda
    • 19. “ I need to make sure everyone is happy”
    • 20. Your Coworkers’ Agenda
    • 21. “ We want to work with great people who carry their own weight”
    • 22. Your Agenda
    • 23. “ I need to choose technologies with a future”
    • 24. “ I need to focus on adding business value and project success – not necessarily efficiency”
    • 25. Part 3: Survival Tips
    • 26. Dress +1
    • 27. Learn the art of small talk
    • 28. Learn how to read a room
    • 29. Plug into your company’s information pipeline
    • 30. Seek out a mentor
    • 31. Have a best friend at work
    • 32. Learn the art of public speaking
    • 33. Evangelize
    • 34. Build an network of like-minded people
    • 35. Build coalitions
    • 36. Learn to the right way to gripe
    • 37. Keep an eye on the sharks
    • 38. Be prepared to have the “hard” conversations
    • 39. Always maintain your composure
    • 40. Master your political tools Compromise (win-win) Arbitration Escalation
    • 41. Know your boundaries and limitations
    • 42. Be a positive force
    • 43. Learn to read the winds of change
    • 44. Politics are always more interesting when discussed over a beer
    • 45. References Systems Thinking – Gharajedaghi What the CEO Want’s You To Know – Charan CIO Wisdom – Lane, et. al. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Covey How to Win Friends & Influence People – Carnegie Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Cialdini Introducing Neuro-Linguistic Programming – O’Conner & Seymour
    • 46. Clint Edmonson Blog: http://www.notsotrivial.net Email: [email_address] Twitter: @clinted