Power and Politics: Development Conflict Management Skills
Dates: June 17 - 18, 2013
Location: NYU Stern, 44 W. 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
Tuition: $2,800 (accommodation not included)
Program Description: Politics is not a dirty word! We just have to learn how to play productive politics. By the same logic, power by itself does not necessarily corrupt though absolute power may corrupt absolutely. The reality of the modern organization requires its members to cultivate conscious power and participate in productive politics to ensure effective management of conflict to benefit the individual, the team and the organization. Organizations suffer not due to the presence of politics, but the absence of political skills to effectively manage those politics. The goal of this program is to provide participants with the tools to understand and master this imperative, yet elusive, skill.
The objectives of this program include proving participants with:
- The true meaning and sources of power
There is a misconception of what power, the basis of social behavior, really means. By the end of this program, participants will have a conceptual understanding of what power is within an organizational context, a practical grasp of what the actual sources of power are and the ability to be more effective as a result.
- The skills needed for effective political management of organizational problems
While technical skills are fielded to find solutions to problems, political skills are needed to find resolutions to conflicts. And political skills, just like technical skills, are learnable. The program will provide a systematic approach to learning these skills.
- An understanding of their own political mindscape
Effective conflict management requires one to be conscious about the political dimensions of one’s own management and influence style. Through discussion of cases, exercises, and role-plays, participants will identify their own political skills and learn how best to use those skills within their teams and organizations.
- A personal plan for successful political management of conflict
By the end of this program, participants will have gained substantial insight into how best to harness their own political skills for effective management of conflict at different levels of the organization and different stages of its growth.
Who Should Attend:
- Middle, upper middle and senior level managers interested in strengthening their political and conflict management skills to enhance their influence and productivity
During this program participants will:
- Gain a pragmatic grasp of the notions of power and politics in organizational settings
- Assess their political skills and shortfalls using frameworks that are simple, potent and immediately applicable
- Develop an actionable career plan to manage interpersonal conflict and enhance the productivity of individuals and teams
Three momentous changes – globalization, accessibility to an overwhelming array of products and information, and technological innovation – are rapidly altering the business world in significant ways:
- Companies are creating new categories and redefining old ones
- Customers are fundamentally questioning what they want from products and services
To thrive in this new era, organizations and institutions, executives and entrepreneurs need to generate a steady stream of innovative ideas, products and services to stay ahead of the game.
This program will demonstrate how to generate new product and service ideas. Participants will be introduced to a toolkit of innovative thinking techniques that can be used to produce and implement ideas that alter the trajectory of a business and revive stagnant markets. The program explores why the most unexpected ideas draw the fewest competitors and offer the greatest potential. It also demonstrates how to combine fluid creativity with analytical rigor in a process for creating breakthrough solutions in any market.
This program is based on two profound assumptions:
- People are naturally creative Abilities to think inventively about business improve by learning and practicing innovative thinking techniques
This program is intended for business leaders who want to enhance their innovative thinking skills in business and other domains. The program combines lectures and discussions with exercises and projects where participants develop innovative concepts for a specific topic.
During this program participants will:
- A process for cultivating unexpected customer insights and developing product and service ideas from counterintuitive sources.
- A method for challenging commodity-product and service clichés and traditional category boundaries.
- An approach for deliberately targeting market situations where the competition is complacent and the customer has been consistently under-served.
This course is eligible for Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE). Please contact the NYU Stern Executive Education office for more information.
Professor R. Kabaliswaran ('Kabi') is a Clinical Professor of Management at NYU Stern School of Business. Professor Kabaliswaran is a specialist in organizational design. He has had a long and productive record consulting and offering workshops and seminars on strategy and structural aspects of managing large and complex organizations.
Mick Cornett is the Mayor of Oklahoma City. He was elected mayor in 2004 and then re-elected in 2006 with more than 87 percent of the vote, the highest percentage in city history. He works with the City Council to oversee an annual budget of $800 million and direct operations for 4,300 municipal employees. During his tenure, Oklahoma City's economy has been one of the strongest in the nation. It recently gained an N.B.A. franchise and was labeled “the most recession-proof city in the United States” by Forbes magazine. Standing for efficient government and responsible leadership, Mayor Cornett has worked to promote an inclusive and optimistic vision of Oklahoma City, fueled by bold ideas. He is also an executive vice president at Ackerman McQueen, an advertising agency and has an M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business.