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1 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work Political Savvy: The Key Competency to Empower Female Leaders EPWN-NL Michelle Brailsford

2 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Agenda The risks of remaining politically naïve Re-framing Politics from something dirty to…. Flexing your political style

3 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Telltale Signs of Political Naïveté Seen Narrowly Passed Over, Topped Out Unaware of Real “Scorecard” Not Getting Credit Not Able to Sell Ideas Cross-Cultural Faux Pas Career Suffers after Speaking Out Not in Key Networks Sabotaged : “I Didn’t See It Coming”

4 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© The Dangers Other people get the promotions and juicy job assignments You never find a way to crack through the glass ceiling You are delivering things the business doesn’t value Your ideas are stolen Other people get recognised for your hard work Your ideas aren’t heard You stick your foot in your mouth Your labelled … Other people aren’t watching your back You get attacked by sharks

5 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group©

6 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group©

7 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© First Thins First…..

8 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Organizational Politics: An unhealthy view “Poly-tics,” meaning “many blood sucking parasites”

9 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Organizational Politics: A healthy view “Informal, unofficial, and sometimes behind the scenes influence efforts to sell ideas, win support, increase power, impact the organization, or achieve your targeted ends.”

10 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Flexing Your Style Less Political Substance power Feedback/learning Highlights integrity More open agendas Meritocracy-based Results / ideas speak for themselves More Political Position power Image/perceptions Highlights success More private agendas Relationship-based Decent Self-promotion Survival of the Savvy, Dr. Rick Brandon, Ph.D. and Mary Seldman, Ph.D.

11 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© (Less Political) (More Political) UNDER-POLITICAL OVERLY POLITICAL Influence & Impact with Integrity

12 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Lesson #1 Master Language to Sell your Ideas

13 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Lesson #2 Get Credit for Your Great Ideas

14 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Lesson #3 Promote Yourself With Decent Boldness

15 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Lesson #4 Don’t be underestimated or pigeon holed

16 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Lesson #5 Build Powerful Networks

17 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Lesson #6 Manage Your Image and Perceptions

18 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Lesson #7 Uncover the hidden success criteria

19 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work J U P I T E R C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P Jupiter Consulting Group© Just Do It!

20 A D D I N G life B A C K I N T O work Political Savvy: The Key Competency to Empower Female Leaders Thank You!


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