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Positive politics for powerful women in FM

10 September 2009

The Women in FM group meeting next week will focus on navigating through office politics, and particuluarly how women should engage to better promote their careers. Both men and women always welcome.

Despite excellent intentions, many women are too narrowly focused on their own results and substance. Assuming that their work will speak for itself, they can become the victims of the behind-the-scenes politics operating in their organizations. They refuse to engage in corporate politics and the customer, the team and the business suffers.

Studies reveal that women place greater value on building relationships with others that they share something comfortable with that are mutually supportive (people they like or share something in common) over those that will promote their careers (strategic alliances around business issues). They also tend to focus on getting things done rather than the larger strategic vision. And finally, research also shows that women tend toward perfectionism more than men do. They expect everyone to follow the formal rules, the plan or the official path to getting work done rather than the informal, blinding them to others’ agendas.

Learn about the pitfalls of “political blind spots”, understand two important political styles, and find out how to quickly recognise the style-based clues of a power-oriented, politically motivated colleague, boss, or customer. Then discuss an debate some of these issues with your FM peers in our discussion and networking sessions.

Michelle Brailsford, our speaker for the evening, will talk to us about managing politic networks in the workplace. A senior partner at Jupiter Consulting Group, LLC, Michelle has consulted across a broad range of industries in both the United States and Europe, working mainly in the telecom, communication and new media industries. Her passion is around ‘adding life back into work’ by helping individuals, teams and leaders build better relationships.

The forum will be held at Channel 4, Horseferry Road, London begins at 4pm, and finishes at 7pm. To attend this event, please register by emailing by the 15th September.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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