March 13, 2014: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
March 14, 2014: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Metropolitan Water District
700 North Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

$1200 Participant Registration
(Includes tuition, course materials, parking and breakfast.)

CEU's awarded: 0.9
Course Number: LEAD321


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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

About the Program

Intrapreneurship means driving innovation on a consistent basis, but within an organization—it’s internal entrepreneurship. This need not entail creating the next internet or printing press 2.0 (Of course it can lead there too). Intrapreneurship means making changes within your organization that have significant impacts, even on daily interactions and processes. Even small changes will lead to improved collaboration, productivity and synergy among teams and organizations. Add up enough small changes and a sea change engulfs any community. This course focuses on how to innovate immediately, practically and consistently. More so, it focuses on risk and how taking risks can lead to transformation. Risk need not entail disruption, as individuals will learn how to innovate and take risks in ways that organizations can accept and adopt. Coure topics include:

  • Embracing innovation
  • Types of innovation
  • Risk taking strategies


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.