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You're an Executive Sponsor and Facing Political Issues That Must Be Finessed

Published: 10 June 2016

ID: G00304845

Analyst(s): Michael Hanford, Tina Nunno


Politics, at a senior level, is inseparable from "real" work. The program sponsor role is among the most difficult work, and the politics involved requires new learning, new interactions and behaviors, and political choices. Use this research to focus your thinking on surviving politically intact.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • A Common Political Scenario to Consider
  • Use This Political Land Mine Program Assessment
  • Apply the Executive Sponsor Political Clout "Calculator"
  • Assess Whether Your Program Director or Manager Is an Asset or a Liability
  • Fine-Tune Your Political Clout by Asking Two Key Questions
    • Question 1: "How Much Success Can You Get?" Versus "What Is Needed on the Political Playing Field?"
    • Question 2: "How Can You Tell When the Political Game Is Lost?"
  • Bottom Line

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