Mar 17, 2020
Nancy Halpern is a colleague who shares my passion
for helping companies overcome dysfunction and dynamics that hinder
outcomes. She joins the show this week to talk about the patterns
in office politics that she has seen in her career as a nationally
recognized Leadership Consultant, working with companies that range
from Fortune 500’s to startups. Nancy and I also talk about why
leaders would feel compelled to fix dysfunction, examples of how
she has overcome leadership challenges, and how to fix office
politics by looking at the root of where you work and the
objectives for the future.
What You Will Hear in This
- ● Nancy has worked with executives, teams,
divisions and entire organizations over the past 20 years. Her
client list includes Bank of America, Conde Nast, Booz Allen
Hamilton, and Disney, among many others.
- ● When we are less fearful, our leadership style
benefits and comes instead from a confident and assured place.
- ● The reasons that Nancy feels many good and
experienced people get stalled in their career, and what we can do
- ● A few patterns in office politics including
gossip and playing favorites, and the data that shows really just
how much this affects the end result.
- ● Why it’s important to look at the root of where
you work, and really understand the foundational purpose and
objective of the job.
- ● Why the best talent are not always the people who
can navigate politics the best, and how to lead a team knowing that
- ● The term “office politics” doesn't necessarily
have to mean something negative. Nancy and I view politics as
relationships and the business of creating strategic
- ● There is a strong correlation between ambition
and power, and Nancy and I have found that women shy away from
declaring and owning both.
- ● You need to figure out unwritten rules from an
individual perspective and know-how to position yourself to be
- ● “I think when you are open to possibility, you
- ● “People shouldn’t be competing with each other,
they should be competing with competitors.”
- ● “You need to do great work, but you also need to
pay attention to what’s going on around you.”
- Get Political IQ
- Nancy Halpern