Whether you hate it, admire it, engage, or avoid it – politics exist in any organisation. The term often has a negative connotation, with thoughts of people seeking to gain advantage at the expense of others. Good office politics is possible. We know it better as stakeholder management.
Learning to manage office politics is part-and-parcel of leadership development. It’s includes building and strengthening relationships, knowing yourself well, having a good sense about what’s going on around you, and acting in an authentic way. It’s about understanding motivations and bringing people together.
The alternative – not understanding the political game – risks you not having a say in what happens and allowing others potentially with less experience, skill or knowledge to influence the decisions being made around you.
Strong stakeholder management skills can provide marketing and business development professionals with what it takes to get the resources, access and information they need to lead effectively.
With decades of experience in communications and stakeholder management, Geoff Kelly (Founder, Kelly Strategic Influence) has worked with some of the largest business and government organisations across Australia.
During this session Geoff will provide a presentation and facilitate a breakout discussion (attendees to come with queries / examples to be discussed) covering:
- Making the politics work for you
- Understanding the players – and yourself
- Understanding the rules of engagement, including when not to engage
- Key influencers and champions – why you need them, what form they might take, and how to get them on your side
- Can you still influence without engaging in ‘politics’?
- Maintaining a good impression
About the speaker
Geoff Kelly set up consulting and coaching practice Kelly Strategic Influence Pty Ltd in 2001. He is a widely respected expert in leadership influence, working with clients who know their success depends on commitment - the extent to which they can get key staff, suppliers, customers and others to commit fully to their ideas and strategies.
In his corporate career Geoff worked for four of Australia’s top 10 corporations, and served on the executive committee of a 30,000 person business. His clients include the Victorian Government, the Business Council of Australia, several top 40 Australian corporations involved in chemicals, financial services and manufacturing, and clients in public utilities, professional services, education and health care.
Geoff is an in-demand speaker, writer and executive coach on leadership influence, persuasion, and applying leadership communication to achieving business results. He runs a course on strategic communication for graduate students at various Universities, is a frequent speaker at the national conferences of numerous professional associations and organisations.
Who should attend?
Business development, marketing and communication professionals in management roles, or who are looking to further develop and take their career to the next level.
||Wednesday, 9 March 2016
||5:15pm registration for a 5:30pm – 6:45pm session
||45 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute workshop discussion (attendees to come with queries / examples to be discussed)
||Norton Rose Fulbright, Level 15, RACV Tower, 485 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
||APSMA members $66
APSMA would like to thank Norton Rose Fulbright for hosting this event