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Influence without Authority, Part 3: Your Power in the Larger Picture

  • April 26, 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Northern Trust, 181 W. Madison-7th floor

Influence without Authority, Part 3: Your Power in the Larger  Picture

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 

Location: Northern Trust, 181 W. Madison-7th floor

Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM 

9:00 AM -10:00 AM optional open networking and business challenge discussions

RSVP PROCESS: If you plan to attend the meeting, please reply to codpnetwork@gmail.com  by noon on Tuesday, April 23 with your name as it appears on your photo ID.  On the morning of the meeting, security staff in the main lobby will ask to see a photo ID, confirm your registration and provide you with a visitor’s pass.  If your name is not on the list you will not be able to join the meeting, which is located on the 7th floor.

Program Format:  

Mix of presentation, large group & small group interactive discussions.  Informal atmosphere—please bring your own coffee/tea/snacks.

Program Description:

To have an impact in the arenas of organizational power, WHO must you influence? Not just the person in charge and the VPs. A Fortune 100 case will illustrate failures and agility in coalition power, which opened a tightly closed door to sustained organizational change. We will then identify larger issues that we each need to influence in our own work, addressing the following major angles through large and small group discussion:

  1. Big Picture Snapshot. "Power Mapping" the context of the organization's current power & politics situation.
  2. Negotiating Our Shared Goals. What is most important among our team/project/organization--what issues must we influence now?
  3. Current Influence Tactics. Which specific people do we need to influence now to achieve our goals? Which influence tactics work best now with each of these people? Who among us will do what with whom?

This is the third CODPN program on Influence, building on the Influence without Authority sessions of September-October, 2018.  Our facilitator will draw direct linkages between the big picture of Influencing Power and the individual approaches within Influence without Authority.


Bruce Mabee, MS, CPLP, claims that teaching Organizational Power & Politics was the most practical boost to his OD consulting career. He has been an external OD consultant for over 30 years after ten years as an internal consultant. Clients have included Walgreens, ConocoPhillips, Rush University Medical Center, BMO Harris Bank and over 130 additional corporate, government and non-profit organizations. He has taught in ten graduate schools including Benedictine, Lake Forest and the University of Chicago, and he has trained over 1,000 corporate consultants. Bruce holds an MS in OD from George Williams and a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana.


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