Institutional Politics - Earning Trust and Respect with Your Peers and Executives - taught by Pat WagnerThere are no sessions currently scheduled for this class, the following information may be out of date
Two 1-hour online sessions
Tues. Feb. 19 and Tues. March 12, 11:00 CT/ 12:00 MT You conduct your professional work as a medical librarian, subject matter expert, educator, technologist, or information center manager competently. However, the survival of your library and your career success may rely on institutional politics. Politics are based on your workplace relationships with library users, employees, colleagues, and bosses (all the way up to the executive offices). Do you understand who has influence and how decisions are really made regardless of what the organizational chart says? WEBINAR 1: presents the main concepts of practical, ethical politics: winning support and developing rapport, aligning with the institutional strategic plan, and building a team of mentors and champions. Participants will have the choice of three different homework assignments. a. Pick a person that you need to build a better workplace relationship outside of the library. What are you going to do that is specific to that person to improve your connection with them? Provide several strategies. b. Interview a mentor or champion at your workplace. What do they believe works best to raise one’s political profile (personal influence) in the greater institution outside of the library? c. Who are the five most influential people in your institution? How would you score your relationship with each other them? What are you doing to raise the score? Using pseudonyms for the people mentioned, participants will send Pat Wagner a brief report plus any stories they choose to share. Pat will compile the reports into another slide show and discuss applying the information in WEBINAR 2. Pat Wagner is a trainer and consultant, who has worked with special libraries since 1978. She has been conducting classes for medical librarians for twelve years at chapter and national MLA conferences regarding influence, leadership, advocacy, and workplace politics. Pat is known for her practical and good-humored programs. Objectives: Participants will be able to: > Improve their influence regarding institutional decision-making. > Build a team of mentors and champions to support career success. > Know who makes what decisions regarding the medical library and use the information to advocate for the library’s budget and services.
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