Political Savvy

Enhance Your Ability to Influence Positive Change Within and Outside Your Workplace

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5 Days

Introduction to the course

Political savviness is about influence, shrewdness, and practical knowledge. It is also about good communication and the ability to make sound judgements. Understanding the bases of power is essential for anyone who wishes to be successful in their position, organisation, and career.

This KC Academy training course will highlight the following:

  • Developing savviness and making good decisions
  • Analyse different types of influencing tactics and when to use them
  • The stakeholder engagement process
  • Developing negotiation and communication strategies to influence others
  • Practical decision-making tools

Course details

By the end of this Political Savvy: Maximising Your Influence in the Organisation training course, participants will learn to:

  • Describe approaches to stakeholder management
  • Discuss the primary methods for political savviness
  • Analyse the appropriate negotiation techniques for different stakeholders
  • Apply communication theory to stakeholder management
  • List ways to improve decision making

Participants in this course will receive thorough training on the subjects covered in the course outline. The Tutor will utilise various proven adult learning teaching and facilitation techniques. Training course methodology includes a range of engaging, practical exercises and activities. There will be practical sessions where participants can participate and experience topics. Small group work, exercises, videos, case studies and feedback, will all be used to facilitate learning.

Specific benefits to the organisation include:

  • Practical methodologies that can help improve leadership and management
  • Staff promoting best practices in negotiation
  • Less conflict between people
  • Improved stakeholder engagement
  • Operational efficiencies improved, leading to better organisational performance.

By attending this training course, participants will gain the benefits which include:

  • Enhanced skills in savviness
  • Better negotiation and communication skills
  • Improved shrewdness and practical knowledge
  • The ability to make sound judgements
  • Development of practical and transferable skills

This Political Savvy: Enhance Your Ability to Influence Positive Change Within and Outside Your Workplace course is suitable for a wide range of professionals but will benefit:

  • Managers and leaders in any organisation who want to develop their political savviness
  • Those interested in developing appropriate power relationships
  • People who wish to develop their competencies in the topics covered

Daily Agenda

DAY 1:
Understanding and Applying Political Savvy
  • Overview of Political Savviness for the Workplace
  • Understanding the Nature of Power
  • Bases of Power
  • Methods for Influence
  • Common Errors When Seeking to Influence Others
DAY 2:
Identifying and Engaging with Stakeholders
  • Understanding Stakeholder Engagement
  • The Stakeholder Engagement Process
  • Identifying your Stakeholders
  • Key documents for Stakeholder Management (Register, Matrix, Strategy)
  • Stakeholder Management Strategy
DAY 3:
The Psychology of Effective Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Significant Barriers to Effective Communication and Removing these Barriers
  • Discovering Active Listening and Effective Questioning
  • Understanding Body Language
  • Attending Skills in Communication: The SOLER Model
DAY 4:
Negotiating for Success  
  • The Negotiating Environment
  • Getting to Yes
  • Zones of Potential Agreement and BATNA
  • Negotiation Methods, Tools, and Techniques
  • Understanding Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
DAY 5:
Successful Decision Making
  • Decision-making Processes & Techniques
  • Steps to Making an Effective Decision
  • Determine the Appropriate Way of Making the Decision
  • Vroom-Jago Decision Model and Leadership Styles
  • Make Choices Involving Multiple Factors (Grid Analysis, Nominal Group Technique)

Professional certificate & Accreditation

Politics and workplace dynamics are only sometimes the most compatible of bedfellows. However, although it may be challenging to become politically savvy in the workplace, it is possible. 

This Political Savvy: Enhance Your Ability to Influence Positive Change Within and Outside Your Workplace course is your passport to maximise your influence in any organisation. You will learn to develop essential skills and competencies in transformational leadership, power, negotiation, communication, and stakeholder engagement.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no prerequisites. Our courses are open to students of all backgrounds who are 18 years of age and older. All courses are conducted in English. Video lectures include English subtitles and the option to slow-down, pause, or replay lectures for better retention. Discussion boards are a critical component of each of our courses; therefore, we suggest students have a conversational knowledge of English when pursuing a Certificate of Completion. For any of the art writing courses, students need to be 100% proficient in written English.

You should have an up-to-date web browser such as: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. For more detailed information, please see the guides for supported browsers and basic computer specifications. Our Online Courses can be accessed on a mobile or tablet device, although we strongly encourage you to have access to a desktop or laptop computer and reliable internet connection for certain course components. Former students have told us it is easiest to read discussion threads and complete written assignments on a laptop or desktop computer.

Registration is available on our website. Just follow these simple steps: Click the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of your screen. Select “Online Courses.” Choose your course(s). You will be asked for basic contact information and your credit card payment. We require full payment at the time of registration and all tuition is billed in US dollars. Be sure to check with your bank or credit card company, as your financial institution may charge a foreign transaction fee.

Our classes are kept small, at no more than 30 students, to better facilitate and encourage personalized interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Your classmates come from all over the globe and contribute their global perspectives and experience. Some are currently working within the arts while others are just beginning. All classmates share in their passion for the art world.

It is recommended that you begin your course promptly. If you do need to start the course a few days late, contact your instructor as soon as possible after the course has opened to discuss your options. Registration closes on the Friday after the course begins.

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