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Positive political skills in the workplace: be a strategic player

Wield Strategic Influence in Your Organization — Starting Now!

Political shrewdness is an absolute must in the modern workplace. Whether we realize it or not, we’re all navigating the political climate of our organizations each and every day. And it takes a special set of soft skills to carve out a strategic niche for yourself in this landscape.

Strengthen your informal authority and boost your credibility with tactics and strategies that let you leverage your clout. Find out how to get the right people’s ears and make the most of your newfound influence to ethically and constructively advance your own agenda. Want to be in it to win it? Join us and find out how!

4,300 people (and counting!)
have taken this seminar so far.


$1,695 + taxes


Online training
A day and a half
Day 1 - day: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Day 2 - half-day: 9 a.m. to noon

In class training
Two days – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course given in French

April 25, 26, 2024
June 20, 21, 2024

On-site, Downtown
Hélène-Desmarais Building

March 19, 20. 2024 - full
May 28, 29, 2024 - full
August 22, 23, 2024

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  • Become a heavy hitter in your organization.
  • Learn and be able to apply ethics-based strategies and tactics for exerting influence within your own circles and beyond.
  • Get your ideas heard and your recommendations green-lit.
  • Advocate effectively for the interests of your group.
  • Build your reputation for political astuteness and integrity.

Is this for you?

  • Professionals
  • Managers
  • Mid-level and C-suites executives
  • Leaders

Special features

  • Wield strategic influence: Make yourself heard and make others listen. 
  • Have an immediate impact on your teammates and other colleagues.
  • Find out to immediately apply the ideas and concepts taught in this course to your own organizational context.

“The Positive Political Skills in the Workplace course equips participants with a full toolbox for influencing change within an organization. I developed the skills I need to get people to listen to my recommendations. The instructor’s dynamic teaching style and extensive experience really kept my interest.”

Jérôme Lavoie, Senior Air Systems Analyst , Air Transat

“Dynamic and easily applicable to my organization.”

Charlotte Poirier, Chief Administrative Officer, Ministère de l'Immigration

“An accomplished, engaging and extremely personable instructor.”

Pierre Barrière, Auditor/Project Manager, Hydro-Québec


Pierre Lainey
Pierre Lainey
Full-Time Lecturer, HEC Montréal

“Being politically savvy means knowing how to forge alliances and grow your power so you can move forward with initiatives that are highly beneficial for your organization.”

Gain a better understanding of power dynamics

  • Distinguish between power, influence and political savvy in an organizational context
  • Recognize political issues at the individual and organizational level
  • Activate levers that drive power
  • Decipher political rules based on the type of organization
  • Weigh the political risks

Decode the political games within the organization

  • Determine your approach to political manoeuvring
  • Identify the five types of players of political games
  • Thwart conniving adversaries
  • Map out collaborative and competitive political games
  • Identify allies, opponents and neutral parties

Play the political game to win 

  • Know how to apply strategies and tactics to influence political games in a collaborative environment
  • Know how to apply strategies and tactics to influence political games in a competitive environment
  • Determine the avenues for creating long-term alliances and coalitions
  • Understand the impact of the organizational context on political wrangling
  • Learn three factors to take into account to uphold business ethics
  • Dynamic, interactive learning
  • Lectures
  • Small group and full class discussions
  • Critical incident analysis
  • Self-assessment questionnaires

Participants in all of our seminars will receive a certificate of completion from Executive Education HEC Montréal.

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Émilie Mazet
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