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Positive political skills in the workplace: be a strategic player

4,000 people (and counting!) have taken this seminar so far.

Politics are an undeniable part of corporate life. Criticized by many as inherently negative and underhanded, political manoeuvring and the skills that come with it can actually (and should) be a force for good within an organization. This is what defines an effective political player: someone who can wield political authority ethically and constructively to influence other stakeholders. During this seminar, you will acquire the skills necessary to exercise your informal power in an optimal manner, and learn tactics and strategies that will enable you to be more politically savvy, strengthen your impact and play the game to win!


$1,595 + taxes


Two days – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course given in English

HEC Montréal
March 28, 29, 2019

This program is also offered in French.

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  • Position yourself favourably within your organization.
  • Learn and be able to apply influential strategies and tactics in an ethical way, both internally and externally.
  • Get your recommendations approved and your projects green-lit.
  • Protect your group’s interests.
  • Reinforce your reputation within your organization for your high-level political skills and integrity.

Is this for you?

  • Professionals
  • Managers
  • Mid-level and senior executives
  • Leaders

“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.”

Special features

  • Have an immediate impact on your organization. By the end of the seminar, you will know precisely where you can apply what you have learned within your organizational framework.

“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
C.Adm., CMC, CHRP, MPsy, MBA
Full-Time Lecturer, HEC Montréal

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.

For more information about this program


Pascal-André Allaire
Senior Advisor


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