UCLA Extension

Navigating Organizational Politics

A 2-Day Short Course

Despite your best intentions and hard work, have you ever been stopped in your tracks by office politics? Do you know how to defend yourself against a competitive coworker trying to sabotage your efforts? Have you ever had to go along with a decision that went against everything you personally stood for? Do you know how to confront a challenging boss without jeopardizing your career?

This unique course allows you to boldly address organizational politics that everyone knows exist, but few at work are willing to openly discuss. Gain a greater understanding of the nature of office politics, your personal orientation, your company’s political climate, and how to strategically navigate politics at all levels.

Through interactive discussions and powerful case analyses, improve your ability to read and influence others, build productive work relationships, and apply the 8 pillars of positive politics. Discover what it takes to survive in a politically-charged work environment and be better prepared for accomplishing your ultimate career goals.

Coordinator and Lecturer

Denise Wolfe, PhD, Senior Partner, Syzygy Global Consultants, Inc., Burbank, California. Dr. Wolfe has held management positions in a variety of industries in addition to starting her consulting career nearly 20 years ago. Her areas of focus involve executive development, strategic planning, organizational change, leveraging diversity, high-performing teams, effective communications, and human capital management.

Dr. Wolfe’s client organizations include Starbucks, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Neutrogena, Ethicon Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, ARCO, Los Angeles Times, Eli Lilly and Co., Sempra Energy, Nissan, Glaxo SmithKline, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Novartis, Vivendi Universal, Federal Aviation Administration, Taco Bell, Cincinnati Bell Telephone, Ohio State Department of Development, United States Postal Service, City of Santa Barbara, and numerous departments within the Los Angeles County system.

For more information contact the Short Course Program Office:
shortcourses@uclaextension.edu | (310) 825-3344 | fax (310) 206-2815