Executive Education

Positive Political Skills in the Workplace

Become a constructive strategic player

Politics are an undeniable part of corporate life. Criticized by many as inherently underhanded, political maneuvring can (and should) actually be a force for good. This is what defines an effective political player: someone who can wield political authority ethically and constructively to influence other stakeholders. 

In this program, you will acquire the skills necessary to exercise your informal power in an optimal manner. Learn tactics and strategies that will enable you to be more politically savvy. Strengthen your positive impact, and play the game to win!

Presented in partnership with HEC Montréal

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Anyone who works with others to get things done, including leaders, mid-level and senior executives, managers and professionals.

  • Position yourself favourably within your organization
  • Apply influential strategies and tactics in an ethical way, in both cooperative and competitive settings
  • Get your recommendations approved and your projects green-lit
  • Protect your group’s interests
  • Forge alliances so you can move forward with initiatives that can benefit your organization
  • Reinforce your reputation for your high-level political skills and integrity

The Nature of Power Dynamics

  • Recognizing political issues at the individual and organizational level
  • Activating levers that drive power
  • Deciphering political rules and weighing political risks

Decoding Political Games

  • Determining your approach to political maneuvering
  • Identifying allies, opponents and neutral parties
  • Thwarting adversaries
  • Mapping out collaborative and competitive political games

Playing the Political Game to Win 

  • The impact of organizational context on political wrangling
  • Applying strategies and tactics to influence political games in collaborative and competitive environments
  • Creating long-term alliances and coalitions
  • Three factors to consider to uphold business ethics

Special features

The program format is dynamic and interactive, including self-assessment, discussions and critical incident analysis to help you grow your awareness of and skills in this widely misunderstood area.

P Lainey

Pierre Lainey

Pierre is a consultant, executive trainer and a lecturer for HEC Montréal’s certificate programs, where he teaches organizational leadership and political skills. He has worked for over 15 years with private, public and non-profit organizations with a focus on organizational development. A well-regarded facilitator, he has received an HEC Montréal award for teaching excellence.

Upcoming sessions

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Dec 7 - 8, 2023
$2195.00 + tax (5%)



This program takes place on non-consecutive days (times apply to all days): 8:30am – 12:00pm PT 1:00pm – 4:30pm PT *times subject to change

This program takes place on non-consecutive days (times apply to all days): 8:30am – 12:00pm PT 1:00pm – 4:30pm PT *times subject to change


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