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Survival of the Savvy. Organizational Politics and Project Management PMI Portland 9/21/2010. “Office Politics”. Backroom deals Hidden agendas Favoritism/blacklisting Stealing credit/ideas Backstabbing/double-dealing Others?. The Shark.

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survival of the savvy

Survival of the Savvy

Organizational Politics

and Project Management

PMI Portland 9/21/2010

office politics
“Office Politics”
  • Backroom deals
  • Hidden agendas
  • Favoritism/blacklisting
  • Stealing credit/ideas
  • Backstabbing/double-dealing
  • Others?

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

the shark
The Shark

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

slide4

Survival of the Savvy:High-Integrity Political Tactics for Career and Company Success

By Rick Brandon, Ph.D. and Marty Seldman, Ph.D.

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

survival of the savvy5
Survival of the Savvy

1. Impact of Political Styles

2. Individual Savvy Tactics

3. Leadership Savvy Tactics to Detect Deception

4. Leadership Savvy Tactics to Build a Savvy Team & Company

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

project managers and politics
Project Managers and Politics
  • Politics
    • Managing stakeholders
      • Stakeholder analysis
  • Conflict
    • Reactive

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

organizational politics
Organizational Politics
  • Informal, unofficial and sometimes behind- the-scene efforts,
  • To sell ideas, influence an organization, increase power or achieve other targeted objectives

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

politics good or bad
Politics: Good or Bad?
  • Are the objectives beneficial for the organization or just the person?
  • Do the efforts to reach the objective have integrity?

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

why be political
Why Be Political?
  • Influence on the job
    • Sell your ideas
  • Business impact
    • Implement your ideas
  • Career growth and benefits
    • Receive credit and recognition for you and your team

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

organizational savvy continuum
Organizational Savvy Continuum

Power of Ideas

Power of Person

Less Political

More Political

BorderlineUnderPolitical

BorderlineOverlyPolitical

UnderPolitical

OverlyPolitical

More Political

Less Political

Power of Savvy Style“Impact with Integrity”

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

style strength 1
Style Strength #1

Power of Ideas

Power of Person

Less Political

More Political

UP

BUP

LP

MP

BOP

OP

Substance power

Position power

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

style strength 2
Style Strength #2

Power of Ideas

Power of Person

Less Political

Less Political

More Political

More Political

UP

BUP

LP

MP

BOP

OP

Focus on feedback & learning

Focus on image & perception

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

style strength 3
Style Strength #3

Power of Ideas

Power of Person

Less Political

Less Political

More Political

More Political

UP

BUP

LP

MP

BOP

OP

Do the right thing

Do what works

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

style strength 4
Style Strength #4

Power of Ideas

Power of Person

Less Political

Less Political

More Political

More Political

UP

BUP

LP

MP

BOP

OP

More open agenda

More hidden agenda

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

style strength 5
Style Strength #5

Power of Ideas

Power of Person

Less Political

Less Political

More Political

More Political

UP

BUP

LP

MP

BOP

OP

Meritocracy-based decisions

Relationship-based decisions

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

style strength 6
Style Strength #6

Power of Ideas

Power of Person

Less Political

Less Political

More Political

More Political

UP

BUP

LP

MP

BOP

OP

Results and ideas speak for themselves

Self-promotion

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

room for improvement
Room for Improvement?

Power of Ideas

Power of Person

Less Political

More Political

  • Were any strength ratings UP or OP? Were any BUP or BOP?
  • Would you get the same scores from your project team? Boss? Sponsor? Others?

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

the extremes
The Extremes

Power of Ideas

Power of Person

Less Political

More Political

Overly Political

Under-Political

  • Being underestimated
  • Insufficient network
  • Blind spots about image
  • Lack of verbal discipline
  • False comfort, easily deceived
  • Holier than thou
  • Missed opportunities
  • Power trips
  • Fall from grace, distrusted
  • Pedestals can topple
  • Blindly obvious behavior
  • Cronyism
  • Disasters waiting to happen
  • Lack of professional growth

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

avoiding the extremes
Avoiding the Extremes

Power of Ideas

Power of Person

Less Political

More Political

Overly Political

Under-Political

  • Keep political skill, add your values
  • Move from self-ful to self-less
  • Add integrity to influence and impact
  • Keep your values, add political skill
  • Move from self-less to self-ful
  • Add influence and impact to integrity

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

what next
What Next?
  • Be more aware of your behavior especially how you try to influence people.
  • Look for others who are “savvy” and learn from them.
  • Ask others how you come across.
  • Get the book: Survival of the Savvy.
  • Authors have a test online, but it’s self-assessment at survivalofthesavvy.com

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy

questions comments
Questions/Comments?

PMI Portland - Survival of the Savvy