Last week we discussed the basics of organizational politics – this week we’ll talk about some intentional strategies that you can leverage to facilitate your success. Whether your perception of organizational politics is positive or negative (I don’t know many who are neutral), you need to have the tools available to expedite your career growth, as well as to enable corporate growth and development.


It is important for you to take both a strategic and an intentional approach to politics. Unfortunately, there are few useful resources available to assist you in navigating your way through the turbulent sea of corporate politics. Below are some strategies that I have employed myself for many years, as well as consistently deploying them with my clients: Continue Reading…

The ability to engage successfully in organizational politics is an essential component to your success in today’s global business environment.  We see it everywhere: from the Administrative Assistant’s ability to act as the gate-keeper to the bosses calendar, all the way up the organizational chart… to the CEO lobbying the Board to support his/her pet projects. At every level within every company, how you communicate equates to how well you are politically perceived.


To become a polished politician, learn to communicate intentionally. In order to focus attention on your ideas and proposals, develop a persuasive style, and always back your position with solid facts and examples. Good leaders adjust their messaging for different audiences, but do not align themselves too strongly with any one group. Continue Reading…


“If you’re not appearing, you’re disappearing…”

~ Art Blakey, Legendary Jazz Musician


 Networking is all about strategic communications. To increase your chance of success in everything you do, you need to communicate to expand your span of influence. Those that may be able to help you (now or in the future) need to know you and what you have to offer. They need to see you, meet you… hear from you. Although the natural tendency is to remain within your immediate environment, you need to move out of your comfort zone to ensure your own long-term success. If this is not enough to get you moving, think about these fundamental truths: Continue Reading…

Whether consciously or unconsciously, experience teaches us that verbal communication is just as likely to conceal as it is to reveal. Because of this, strong nonverbal communication skills are strategic tools for anyone wanting to succeed in business.


Although we often consider verbal and written communication as being important skills to acquire, we do not habitually stop to think about the effects that nonverbal communications may have on our ability to achieve our desired results. Research indicates over 55% of communications are conveyed by facial expressions and body language. This statistic gives us a very good idea as to why it would be wise to become more skilled in nonverbal communications. 

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We all want to communicate well.  But realistically, how often do we communicate with intention? Sometimes, even beyond communicating with intention, we need to stop and consider how to communicate strategically in order to achieve what is important to us.


This week, I am going to step back to a very simplistic communications tool that may give you pause as you consider how you communicate to achieve successful ends. It is called the DEAR MAN and it will walk you through some valuable considerations to make as you consider how to communicate with strategic intention. When speaking with someone and seeking to communicate strategically, consider this model: Continue Reading…