The dark art of office politics – without losing your soul


Any senior project manager or program manager will tell that mastering office politics is a core part of project management. Unfortunately many people either find it distasteful or get caught up in activities that are destroying rather than creating value on their projects.

In fact many project managers receive a lot of advice on "playing the game" from people who love to quote Machiavelli and The Sopranos. But it is possible to manage the politics in an organisation without losing your soul.

This course helps participants to understand and manage office politics. It introduces fundamental concepts and also provides an opportunity to share ideas and learn from peers.

Course Objectives

This course will focus on the following related areas:

 Understanding the connection between office politics, stress and your personal values;

 Identifying and managing a personal brand that is both authentic and helpful in managing outcomes, reputations and careers;

 Understanding some of the structural factors that create a politically charged environment in an organisation; and

 Learning some basic (and ethical) techniques to predict and manage the politics involved in delivering projects (or anything of value) in an organisation.

The course will consist of content that can be applied right away and it will also provide an opportunity for the group to share their own experience and techniques for reducing or even harnessing political behaviour among stakeholders, project teams and even other project managers.

Target Audience:

The course is aimed at project managers and others who:

 Are involved in managing projects at a level where they need to deal with politics; and

 Are seeking ethical ways to deal with politics that allow them to both feel comfortable with what they do and deliver their projects successfully.

Area of Focus:
Soft Skills
Presentation Style:
Presentation/experiential learning


James King

James King is an experienced agile coach and trainer. He has works with Software Education to teach both agile and traditional approaches to project delivery.

James has been a project manager in some highly charged environments, including mergers, outsourcing and projects that involve restructuring and redundancies. He has been a CTO in a small to medium enterprise, and external consultant and a senior IT Manager in a large financial services company. He has encountered a lot of very positive and very negative behaviours at different times in his career.

James has always been known for his positive and collaborative working style and his ability to achieve success with diverse and sometimes difficult stakeholders.

Paxus Offices - Level 19, 99 Walker Street - North Sydney NSW 2060

Venue Access:
Bringing a mobile phone is recommended. Plan to arrive 15min early.

Commercial parking stations are available in the area. Short walk from the North Sydney Train Station.

Saturday, 8th February 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Please note, this is a fully self-catered event. Tea and coffee is provided. Several coffee shops and food outlets available in the area.

Cost: PMI Sydney Chapter Members $220 (50% discount). Non Members $440. (all prices are inclusive of GST)

Registrations are open until the Wednesday before the course or when participant capacity of 18 is reached.

PDU Hours: 7
Provider No: C115
Program Number: C115-14-02

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