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Navigating Corporate Politics

The Boston Scientific Women’s Network Boston Chapter and the HBA hosted the event “Navigating Corporate Politics”. The featured presenter was Sandra Glucksmann, Senior Vice President of Research and Business Operations at Cerulean Pharma.

On April 22, 2010, the Boston Scientific Women’s Network Boston Chapter and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) hosted the event “Navigating Corporate Politics” The featured presenter was Sandra Glucksmann, Senior Vice President of Research and Business Operations at Cerulean Pharma.

Sandra presented her insight and personal experience with corporate politics by discussing the term politically savvy (also known as organizationally savvy). From the book, Survival of the Savvy by Rick Brandon and Marty Seldman, Sandra quoted “Organizational politics are informal, unofficial and sometimes behind-the-scenes effort to sell ideas, influence an organization, increase power, or achieve other targeted objectives.” Sandra’s interpretation of the politically savvy is ‘listening to the music.’ Sandra said if you are jazz music and the company is rock and roll, at that point you will have to attune your ears.

In her presentation, Sandra expanded on how to become politically savvy. She said to observe, reflect, communicate and negotiate well; also, think critically and learn from experiences. Sandra stated that within your company, it is vital to understand the unwritten rules, the corporate structure, how to navigate up, down and laterally, facilitate a win-win scenario for yourself and the company but to put the company’s best interests foremost. Sandra felt that it is important to anticipate how people think and know how people want to receive info in order to be politically savvy. Lastly, Sandra said it is very important to be politically savvy, because you want your ideas and yourself to be perceived in the best way possible and that a person is no longer only judged by their skill and accomplishments, but by their interpersonal skills and the way they get things done.

Sandra closed her presentation stating that by being politically savvy you will get your ideas adopted, effect organizational change, and receive recognition. An excellent presentation and a successful event!

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