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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
Success Under Stress
The Strategic View
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.
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
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.