INSEAD GO-Live I Politics, Influence and Networks (9am CET)

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Leveraging all the power of next-generation and real-time learning technology, connect from anywhere in the world and engage live with faculty and peers just like you would in an INSEAD classroom. 

This programme forms part of INSEAD’s innovative GO-Live offer – a completely new way to learn from the Business School for the World.

Politics, Influence and Networks starting Monday 28 June at 9am CET

The programme will be delivered over three half days:

  • Session 1: starts Monday 28 June from 9am to 12.30pm CET
  • Session 2: starts Tuesday 29 June from 9am to 12.30pm CET
  • Session 3: starts Wednesday 30 June from 9am to 12.30pm CET

Programme Overview

How do you overcome political resistance and get things done? What are the benefits to developing and nurturing a network in you organisation and how do you go about this?

Politics, Influence and Networks will raise your awareness about the importance of power and influence in organisational life and provide you with the tools to help you deal with these intangible factors effectively. The programme is not about how to do routine managerial work: that should get done through regular processes in any healthy organisation. It is about how to do things that are not “routine,” initiatives that can boost your team or your organisation’s performance but that are stuck due to misunderstandings, indifference, or outright opposition of key stakeholders.

Delivered over three modules, participants will first discuss and understand organisational politics. The following modules will help participants to analyse and create an “infrastructure of influence”, before finally exploring how to best use infrastructures to attain goals.

Using a combination of short lectures, case studies, exercises, and simulations in an engaging and immersive design, participants will alternate between discussions in small virtual groups and plenary sessions to put newly acquired skills to work.

The programme is designed for managers with 2 to 10 years of leadership experience and who want to improve their influencing skills to align their team and stakeholders - within and outside the organisation - to get things done. It will provide you with an opportunity to learn new skills, reflect on your experience, and get expert advice from faculty on how to navigate organisational politics and influence important outcomes. The programme also offers the opportunity to expand your professional network and to learn from the experience of participants from around the world.

Module 1: Why should you care about politics and influence?

  • Appreciate the behaviours and habits of effective leaders
  • Examine how leaders acquire and use influence, and the consequences of failing to do so for their organisations and their careers
  • Through a combination of case study workshops in small groups and plenary discussions you will explore organisational politics and better understand the importance of building your “infrastructure of influence”.

Module 2: Professional networks: The Infrastructure of Influence

  • Identify the factors that make professional networks a source of “social capital” and those that can turn it into a liability
  • Complete and receive a personalized report on your professional network
  • After discussing what makes a professional network a source of social capital, you will work in peer-coaching virtual trios to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your own network and to identify practical ways to overcome those weaknesses.

Module 3: From knowing to doing: The Network and Influence Simulation

  • How to put your networking and influencing skills into practice
  • Test your skills at developing, discovering, and leveraging informal networks in a simulated multinational organisation through the Networking and Influence Simulation (NIS) - an educational tool developed at INSEAD
  • After the simulation, participants will analyse their results and extract learnings on how to develop and mobilise informal networks to push forward initiatives.

After payment and enrolment on Eventbrite, what happens next?

You will receive an email from INSEAD the week before the programme starts, providing you with your unique and personal access code and link to enrol on the programme (please monitor your junk folder in case it ends up here). As soon as you receive this email and to avoid complications on the day of the programme, we strongly advise that you click on the link and complete your enrolment straight away.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my enrolment? 

Please email, providing details of the problem encountered.

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