Navigating Office Politics: Get What You Want at Work

Learn how to gain influence and get more done in your organization by understanding and navigating office politics.
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  • Contents Video: 2.5 hours
    Other: 6 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Office politics. The very phrase typically garners a visceral reaction, everything from a subtle tensing of the shoulders to an eye roll, to an outspoken declaration that they will NEVER engage in political wrangling.

Here's the bad news: Office politics is not something you can opt out of. You are in it whether you like it or not. The good news is that if you choose to engage in it, office politics can be navigated in a way that is ethical and above board. Even better, when you learn to play the game, you can become a change agent in your organization.

At its core, the workplace is a social environment. Learning to thrive in that environment is contingent on building effective working relationships so that you can excerpt influence across your organization, regardless of where you happen to rank on the organizational chart. That's what this course will teach you.

What are the requirements?

  • Though not required, it will be very helpful for participants in this course to have completed the Everything DiSC Workplace Profile. A discount code will be provided in the course room to complete this profile online.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Navigate the office politics of any working environment so that you can get more done and be happier at work.
  • Identify and interact with different types of workplace personalities, so that you can get what you want more often.
  • Identify your organizational allies, enemies and key decision makers to build strong working relationships and avoid unnecessary political battles.
  • Create win-win situations in your organization, and know when to leave the battlefield and live to fight another day.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for individuals who are working within an organization, but does not require any prior knowledge.
  • The course is intended for people of all ages and experience levels, from entry level to executive.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
03:52

This lecture overs a quick overview of why everyone should embrace engaging in office politics.

03:16

Being successful in this course requires a mindset shift with regards to office politics - this lecture explains why engaging in them isn't a bad thing. It's about adapting your behavior, and taking personal responsibility for things that happen to you in the workplace.

05:36

In this lecture, I'll tell you about my background and credentials and, more importantly, give you an overview of the five principles we'll cover in the course. Even if you're not interested in hearing about me, please take the time to cover the five principles!

Section 2: The 5 Principles
Principle 1: People are NOT logical and rational
08:35
10:41

In this lecture, I introduce you to the DiSC Profile and give you a broad overview of the different types of individual workplace preferences. This is a foundational overview for the rest of the DiSC lectures in this course.

04:38

This lecture discusses why relationships in the workplace are so important by reviewing the different types of power and influence in an organization.

03:04

In the previous lecture, you learned about why relationship power is so important. This lecture adds an asterisk to that one, and explains why your relationships with individuals aren't the only relationships that matters.

06:04

This lecture covers how to identify your workplace enemies and allies, focusing specifically on how to handle your workplace enemies.

08:02

Picking your battles is essential to winning at office politics. This lecture covers the fine art of knowing when to keep your mouth shut.

03:07

Is it time to look for greener pastures? If you're not willing to put the effort into adapting to these five principles to gain influence at work, that might be a good indicator that it's time to move on.

Section 3: Understanding DiSC In Depth to Adapt Your Behavior
01:11

I'm about to throw a lot of information at you in this section. Here's a brief note on how I would recommend using it.

05:08

Let's take a minute (or five) to connect the dots from the 5 principles we've previously explored, and explain why a good understanding of DiSC is crucial to winning at office politics.

05:27

In the second section of the course, we gave a broad overview of why people make decisions the way they do, and the different types of influence at play at work. In section, we're going to dive into focusing on how to adapt your behavior. This lecture explains why...and gives a tangent note about why you should avoid email at work at all costs.

10:35

This lecture gives you a broad overview of each of the four DiSC Styles - D, i, S, C - and discusses their priorities, motivations, fears, things you'll notice about people with those styles, and their limitations in the workplace.

1 page

A one page download that you can keep in your office as a reference on all four of the DiSC Styles.

1 page

A one page download that you can keep in your office as a reference on the D style.

1 page

A one page download that you can keep in your office as a reference on the i style.

1 page

A one page download that you can keep in your office as a reference on all four of the S style.

C Style Cheat Sheet
1 page
A Note About Gender and Generations
02:34
01:54

Three quick strategies for how D's can increase their workplace effectiveness and build better relationships with their colleagues.

02:02

Three quick strategies for how i's can increase their workplace effectiveness and build better relationships with their colleagues.

01:57

Three quick strategies for how S's can increase their workplace effectiveness and build better relationships with their colleagues.

01:53

Three quick strategies for how C's can increase their workplace effectiveness and build better relationships with their colleagues.

04:49

It's great to be familiar with DiSC, but most of the time you aren't going to have the benefit of having your co-workers DiSC preferences written down and handed to you. Fear not! There is a way to learn to "read" your co-workers and figure out what their DiSC type is without needing them to take the test.

1 page

A one page download that you can keep in your office as a reference about how to read your co-workers and figure out what their DiSC type is.

13:56

This lecture outlines what to expect when working with a D, what to do when you're trying to connect with them and build that relationship, what to do when you're working on a team with them, and what to do when there's a conflict. It breaks down each section by DiSC type, and gives details about how to approach it if you're a D, i, S, and C.

13:09

This lecture outlines what to expect when working with an i, what to do when you're trying to connect with them and build that relationship, what to do when you're working on a team with them, and what to do when there's a conflict. It breaks down each section by DiSC type, and gives details about how to approach it if you're a D, i, S, and C.

12:41

This lecture outlines what to expect when working with a S, what to do when you're trying to connect with them and build that relationship, what to do when you're working on a team with them, and what to do when there's a conflict. It breaks down each section by DiSC type, and gives details about how to approach it if you're a D, i, S, and C.

13:11

This lecture outlines what to expect when working with a C, what to do when you're trying to connect with them and build that relationship, what to do when you're working on a team with them, and what to do when there's a conflict. It breaks down each section by DiSC type, and gives details about how to approach it if you're a D, i, S, and C.

Section 4: Assess, Review, Adapt
07:04

In the final lecture of the course, I'll give you a framework that you can apply to any political situation at work and hopefully come out on top.

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Instructor Biography

Karlyn Borysenko, Owner & Principal, Zen Workplace

Currently I'm a workplace coach and consultant. My goal is to make professional life better for individuals, and drive productivity and results for organizations. I fix the “people problems” – I help individuals figuring out the next step in their career, find their work/life balance, build better working relationships across their organizations, navigate office politics, create a great organizational culture, build and lead more productive teams, and be great managers. I’m an MBA, a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (ABD), and a certified DiSC Trainer.

I'm also a recovering marketer of many years, and use the skills I learned in that part of my professional life every day to build my brand as a coach, generate clients, and close sales.

I'll teach courses about both on Udemy. I hope you enjoy!

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