Learn how to positively influence people

Understand the importance of power and politics in shaping the decision-making process and uncover how communication and negotiation bring about change.

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Through structured learning activities including video lectures, quizzes, discussion prompts and written assessments, you will:

  1. Communicate with impact – learn how to bring people around to your vision.
  2. Manage change – define yourself as a leader through change management.
  3. Negotiate and resolve conflict – navigate the power and politics of today’s work environment.
  4. Engage the board – mitigate risks through governance.

1. Communicate with impact

An ambitious vision for the future of your organisation isn’t enough – how do you communicate this vision to get your colleagues on board? Traditional and common-sense models of communication and persuasion often fail to capture the complex nature of ‘influencing’.

  • the ability to effectively communicate and persuade others
  • to develop your capacity to communicate appropriately in different situational and cultural contexts, making you a highly influential leader

For a taster of the Global MBA experience, you can access the Communicate with Impact open unit on Coursera.

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2. Manage change

We live in a globalised world of continuous change. Your ability to successfully manage change will allow you to have a positive impact on your work and your life.

  • how to effectively influence change
  • to develop a ‘change mindset’, create a productive change cycle, and lead yourself and others on the change journey
  • how to re-imagine change through a balanced and reflective mindset in order to redefine the change problem and develop a balanced and reflective mindset.

For a taster of the Global MBA experience, you can access the Manage Change open unit on Coursera.

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3. Negotiate and resolve conflict

Modern organisations are characterised by increasingly higher levels of uncertainty, complexity and diversity. In our current globalised work environment, how can you manage the power and politics that persistently influence organisational decision-making? Being savvy about organisational politics and having the nous to negotiate and resolve conflict is a critical capability for managers at all levels.

  • to develop your negotiation and conflict resolution skills – crucial to becoming a positive influence in your organisation
  • how to conceptualise and measure power and politics; analyse and develop strategies for influencing stakeholders
  • how to act with integrity and purpose when ‘playing politics’.

For a taster of the Global MBA experience, you can access the Negotiate and Resolve Conflict open unit on Coursera here

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4. Engage the board

Biases and blind-spots have led to numerous risk management disasters – from the Fukushima power plant to the scandals at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. You examine the organisational structures and frameworks that make up risk governance, to ensure that an organisation achieves its objectives.

  • You will cover both financial risks, such as foreign exchange movements, and non-financial risks such as cyber and conduct risk.
  • learn from risk events, quantitative analysis of risk for better decision-making, embedding a risk culture, understanding the ‘unknown unknowns’, and communicating risk effectively.
  • discover that your future ‘influencing’ challenge will be to encourage all members of your organisation to understand their role in serving your organisation’s stakeholders.

For a taster of the Global MBA experience, you can access the Engage the Board open unit on Coursera.

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