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Political Savvy, Power and Ethical Influence: Enhance Your Ability to Influence Positive Change Within and Outside Your Workplace

Politics and power exist wherever humans are involved, and these dynamics have existed for centuries. Their impact ranges from very positive to downright underhanded. Many of us respond by trying to avoid politics altogether. Yet learning how to navigate organizational politics and power in an ethical manner will boost your career success, no matter what position you occupy or aspire to. It will also enhance your ability to influence positive change – within and outside your workplace.
Facilitator: Kellie Garrett
Political Savvy, Power and Ethical Influence: Enhance Your Ability to Influence Positive Change Within and Outside Your Workplace
Start Date:May 29, 2023
End Date:Jun 25, 2023
Delivery:4 weeks, Asynch and Synch Online
Price:$895.00 + GST
Instructor:Kellie Garrett
Course code: PALE090_Y2223P-01

By the end of the program, participants will:

  • Understand organizational politics and the role of power and influence
  • Learn how to navigate organizational politics in an ethical manner
  • Identify stakeholders and internal networks
  • Understand different ethical influence techniques
  • Understand their strengths and weaknesses regarding political savvy and build a plan to improve
  • Learn tools to build trust-based relationships and rebuild trust when it is broken
  • Use a combination of feedback and reflection to gain insight into their personal strengths and opportunities for development.
  • Engage in unfiltered dialogue about your work challenges, and collectively explore solutions.
  • Identify the mindset shift in taking a realistic and practical approach to navigating organizational politics
  • Develop a plan with next steps to help them become more influential
  • Develop skills to advance in their career

Students will be expected to:

Each week will have a virtual 90-minute webinar focused on specific content for that week. This course will also have a weekly discussion forum, teamwork, breakout sessions, peer coaching, reflective practice, journaling, and readings and resources that include practical and relevant learning aimed at increasing confidence at navigating internal politics and successfully employing ethical influence strategies. This course is relevant for leaders at all levels as well as individual contributors. Pre-course work includes assessments and reading. A final assignment consists of creating an influence plan.

Learner Effort:

2-4 hours per week


  • Week 1: Organizational politics and power dynamics
  • Week 2: Building political capital and the role of trust
  • Week 3: How to build an ethical influence plan
  • Week 4: The medium is the message: Seeing how you’re seen

Each week, a 90-minute synchronous session will be held.

June 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm PT.

Computer Requirements:
A week prior to the course start date you will receive an email from us with information on how to access the online course. At that time you will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize yourself with our online learning platform. You will find the computer requirements for this course through this link: