Navigating Work Politics

Overview

Whether a leader of a team or a coach to a team, most people try to avoid work politics at all costs because they see them as unpleasant, unfair, unethical and an unnecessary distraction from their ‘real work’.

In this masterclass, Niven Postma will open your eyes to the fundamentals that no-one ever teaches you, including what work politics actually are and how being politically intelligent is the single biggest determinant of your personal and professional success.

Niven draws on her 20 years of experience as an executive, together with insights and frameworks from leading thinkers, to host a personal and frank two hours of discussion and information sharing. She’s looking forward to convincing you that it IS possible to engage with politics without sacrificing your principles and to sharing the skills you need to use politics to advance your credibility, benefit the team/s and build the organisation you work with.

Your Host – Niven Postma

Niven Postma is the MD of Niven Postma Inc., and works as a leadership, culture and strategy facilitator for clients in Australia, Scandinavia, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the UAE. She lectures at Henley Business School and on various global leadership development programmes, and is a keynote conference speaker.

Niven has had a wide and varied career across multiple organisations, sectors and countries. Her executive roles include being Head of External Strategy and then Head of the SARB Academy at the South African Reserve Bank and Head of Leadership and Culture for the Standard Bank Group. She has also served as CEO of the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) and CEO of NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity).

Niven was an inaugural Fellow of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Programme and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow in 2007.  She has served as a volunteer police reservist and a board member of a number of charities and NGOs.

Her recent book, If You Don’t Do Politics, Politics Will Do You…: A Guide to Navigating Office Politics Effectively and Ethically is flying off bookstore shelves around the world, and is featured as our Book of the Month.