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September 12: 5pm-8:30pm and
September 13: 9am-4pm


$1072.50 early bird rate before August 15. $1200 after August 15.
Includes tuition, course materials, parking and most meals.

UCSD Rady School of Management
Center for Executive Development
Otterson Hall, 4th Floor

Program Consultant

Jill Rosenow

Adapt and Accelerate

< Navigate
September 12-13

Success Under Stress
September 26-27

The Strategic View
October 24-25

November 7-8

About the Program

To create a desirable workplace environment and opportunities for advancement, one must master organizational dynamics. This requires navigating office politics – a necessary reality. This course teaches the “invisible” and “intangible” world of workplace politics and how to build leverage within this realm. Done right, these politics can benefit individuals and organizations. Participants will learn how to identify key political “rules” and tools for building leverage and social capital within an organization, while avoiding the pitfalls of dirty politics. In fact, it encourages ethical behavior that can create beneficial outcomes for the entire professional community.

Course Outline

Build Your Political IQ, Balance Professional Ethics

  • What is Political IQ?
  • The Value of Politics: Engage Constructive Corporate Citizens
  • The Rules & Realities of Organizational Politics
  • The Power See-Saw: Balance Political Savvy With Powerful Ethics

Politics and Leverage: The Tactical & Practical

  • Understand & Embrace Leverage
  • Bullet-Proof Yourself
  • Allies and Adversaries
  • Read Between the Lines: Nuances & Navigation
  • Fight Fire with Ethics: How to Combat Mudslinging & Mayhem

Craft Your Political Strategy

  • From Invisible to Indispensible to Influential
  • Your Political Playbook: A Roadmap for Organizational & Personal Development


"The course and Dr. Pham proved transformational information to help facilitate breakthrough!"

"Excellent & useful class! Both to help professionally & personally."

"I both reinforced and took away ideas from his experience. The best part was the internal collaboration in the session, a demonstration of instant network/connection success by a teacher who brought our ideas together with successful class participation."

- From 2013 participant evaluations


This course is appropriate for any business leaders that manage and lead teams or departments.

Vu Pham 


Vu Pham, Ph.D. works with dozens of organizations at the Fortune 500 level. Previously, he held Research Fellow positions through the University of California Office of the President and the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. He completed his degree from Cornell University and has a book entitled, Impressive First Impressions: The Most Important 30 Seconds (And 30 Years) of Your Career. His work has been featured on national and international multimedia venues, such as CNN, MSNBC, the Associated Press, Voice of America, The Los Angeles Times, KSCI International Television, Diversity, Inc. and Strategic Innovators. He has given numerous keynote speeches internationally, and has written for both academic and mainstream publications.

Adapt and Accelerate

Individual Tuition & Registration

Enroll by selecting one of the following plans:

Early Bird Registration
(Before August 16, 2013)


Navigate (single course registration)



One Complete UCSD Certificate Series

$4,290 for all 4 courses
(a savings of $510)


Power Pack
(Enrollment in Certificate Series & Emerge)

(a savings of $1,560)



Certificate Requirements

To receive any Elevate Program Certificate, participants must complete the required 4 courses*:

Navigate - September 12-13, 2013
Success Under Stress - September 26-27, 2013
The Strategic View - October 24-25, 2013
Thrive - November 7-8, 2013

*Course Replacement: Interested in taking the Series but have a schedule conflict? Contact us to find out more about course replacement options.
Eligible for Tuition Assistance:  This program is eligible for Tuition Reimbursement, so check with your organization,  as they may likely cover the program tuition.
Emerge: The Emerge course may count as one of the required courses of an additional UCSD Certificate in 2013 or 2014, which is a second UCSD Certificate.