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

Profiling the Political Player

In last week’s blog post, we began to explore the groundbreaking book The Secret Handshake: Mastering the Politics of the Business Inner Circle, written by Dr. Kathleen Reardon. We began to dissect what office politics is, why it’s important and how you can become a political player, so that you may too gain access to your company’s inner circle. This week, we will be discussing in detail what makes a person a true political player. As was mentioned last week, one is not necessarily born ... Continue Reading

An Introduction to Office Politics: The Secret Handshake

In our last post, we looked at corporate culture, what it means, and why it’s necessary to engage with. Part of what engaging in your company’s corporate culture will allow you to do is successfully participate in office politics. But what exactly is office politics? According to Dr. Kathleen Kelley Reardon, Professor Emerita of Management and Organization in the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, describes it as being able to acquire what she has termed the “secret ... Continue Reading

Why Knowing Your Company’s Corporate Culture is Essential to Success

There is much more required to have a successful career than simply the hard skills the job necessitates. Yes, these skills are instrumental in you landing your dream job, and are certainly part of the reason why you may be promoted, however there is so much more than just the hard skills when it comes to promotions, and also terminations. So what is corporate culture, and why does it matter so much? According to, corporate culture is “a blend of the values, beliefs, taboos, ... Continue Reading

How to Navigate This Holiday Season at The Office

Ah, December… A festive time of year filled with eggnog (and hopefully rum), Christmas carols, pretty lights and lots of shopping. The holiday season can be a joyous time of year, but it can also come with its fare share of awkwardness: bad gifts, annoying holiday office parties and terrible Christmas sweaters. This post is dedicated to helping you navigate the office during this holiday season so you can enjoy every minute of it! Here are a couple simple tips that can help you avoid much of the ... Continue Reading

5 Basic Tasks Many People Ignore, But That Are Essential to Success

Today’s professional environment, whether entrepreneurial or not, requires a different energy than it did 50 years ago. We spend the better part of our days in front of screens, answering emails, texts, spending time on the Internet; we have become intertwined with this technology and it’s impossible to escape it, especially in the professional world. Because of this, we are essentially always at others’ beck and call. Whether we like it or not, we are always “working” because of it. Having a ... Continue Reading

The Cognitive Power of Professional Clothing

If someone were to tell you that the blazer you wore today had a significant effect on how you went about your day, what you accomplished, and how others treated you would you believe them? Chances are you would be skeptical at best. However, recent research (as recent as a few months ago) has proven that wearing formal clothing has an impact on people’s cognitive behaviours. Research conducted by Michael Slepian, Simon Ferber, Joshua Gold and Abraham Rutchick, entitled “The Cognitive ... Continue Reading

Recovering From a Bad First Impression

As was discussed last week in the blog about creating a favorable first impression, the power and value of a good first impression is paramount in any given situation. Creating a good first impression can lead to new opportunities, new connections and help to propel you forward, at whatever stage you’re at in your career. In addition, as mentioned last week, typically first impressions are made with confidence, and tend to be solidified over time. However, that is not to say that you ... Continue Reading