Channeling Machiavelli

Alas, we’ve reached the last blog in our series on The Secret Handshake: Mastering The Politics of the Business Inner Circle by Dr. Kathleen Reardon. In last week’s post, we discussed how to become a politically astute negotiator in the workplace. Being able to engage successfully in negotiation tactics will get you one step closer to the business inner circle. Dr. Reardon expresses concern in the last section of her book that she feels as though many aspects of her book could be considered ... Continue Reading

Politically Astute Negotiating

The end of our series on The Secret Handshake: Mastering The Politics of the Business Inner Circle, if fast-approaching. We have covered the majority of the book thus far, and have looked at topics ranging from how to read between the lines to last week’s post on how to cultivate influence. Taken together, these topics are the stepping stones on your path to being able to access the secret handshake. This week, we will be discussing a component that is absolutely necessary if you ever want to ... Continue Reading

Cultivating Influence

We took a break last week from our Secret Handshake series to talk about personal style and branding. This week, we will continue our series with a post on how to cultivate influence. All of the previous posts from this series, from enhancing your personal power to dealing with conflict, are all of significant importance when it comes to accessing the secret handshake. However, if you are not capable of influencing others, it does not really matter how much power you have; arguably, one of the ... Continue Reading

Managing the Micropolitics of Conflict

Power is a term that we’ve discussed over the last few weeks as it relates to attaining the secret handshake. Last week we looked specifically at how to enhance your own personal power. One way you can enhance your personal power within an office setting is learning how to manage the micropolitics of conflict. According to Dr. Reardon in her book The Secret Handshake: Mastering the Politics of the Business Inner Circle, “You could adopt all of the political skills we’ve addressed […] and still ... Continue Reading

How to Enhance Your Personal Power

Power. What does it mean? If you don’t naturally possess it, can you attain it? How will increasing your power help you access the secret handshake? There are two full chapters in The Secret Handshake: Mastering the Politics of the Business Inner Circle by Dr. Reardon that are dedicated to power, which is indicative of its significance within this context. In our last post, we explored how to create positional power. One of the major takeaways last week was the notion that power is created ... Continue Reading

Creating Positional Power

There is no doubt that at some point in your career, you will encounter people who will use malicious, sneaky or rude ways to get ahead. Last week we discussed how to spot these moves as well as how to diffuse them. This week, in continuation of our series on The Secret Handshake: Mastering the Politics of the Business Inner Circle by Dr. Reardon, we will be exploring how you can create positional power, and how it will help you become more politically savvy. As Dr. Reardon states, power is ... Continue Reading

When Politics Gets Heavy-Handed

In our last post, we discussed the art of conversational politics – how to use language effectively to advance yourself and to help unlock your secret handshake potential. This week, as we continue our blog series on The Secret Handshake: Mastering The Politics of The Business Inner Circle by Dr. Kathleen Reardon, we will be examining how to handle negative political situations, or “games” according to Dr. Reardon, that might exist within your company, and some strategies on how you can diffuse ... Continue Reading

Conversational Politics

In our last post, we took a look at how reading between the lines – looking for the messages hidden beneath the surface – can help you increase your political game and get you one step closer to mastering the secret handshake. This week, as we continue with our series on The Secret Handshake: Mastering The Politics of The Business Inner Circle by Dr. Kathleen Reardon, we will examine how we can adapt our communication style to become more politically savvy, and create more favorable ... Continue Reading

Reading Between the Lines

Engaging in office politics is a surefire way to be seen, heard and respected. As we’re beginning to see throughout this series of blogs on The Secret Handshake: Mastering The Politics of The Business Inner Circle by Dr. Kathleen Reardon, one does not need to be born a political genius to partake in their company’s political happenings. In last week’s post, we examined how to start forming relationships the politically savvy way, which is one of the first steps on the road to becoming a ... Continue Reading

Corporate Class Inc. At The Annual HRPA Conference

Corporate Class Inc., internationally recognized as the universal gold standard for Executive Presence System Training, is extraordinarily pleased to announce that we will be attending this year’s HRPA Annual Conference, held in Toronto. The HRPA’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow is Canada’s largest human resources conference, attracting thousands of business and human resources professionals from around the world. The excitement starts at booth #516! That’s where you’ll find the team ... Continue Reading