Navigating Corporate Politics

(Because if you don’t do politics, politics will do you)

A one day workshop with Niven Postma

“I’ve been in banking for 26 years- I learned more today than I ever thought possible. I just wish I had attended this workshop much earlier on in my career.”
Global Markets, Absa Capital

“I’ve always had a very negative perception of corporate politics- today I’ve learned that politics is in fact managing my stakeholders and its a critical career skill.”
Risk Underwriter, Hollard

Numerous studies have shown that political intelligence is the best overall predictor of job performance and career success and that people with political intelligence do better in gaining personal power, advancing their career, managing career and job stress and impacting organisational outcomes.

And yet, how many times have you heard people say (or perhaps said yourself) that:
“Things would be so much better around here if it weren’t for the politics!”

“I wish I could just get on with my job instead of playing all these games.”

“Navigating Corporate Politics” is a one day workshop that helps delegates understand that corporate politics are inevitable. As such, knowing how to manoeuvre them well and ethically, shouldn’t be seen as a choice but as a critical ingredient for career success.

The workshop covers, in an engaging, interactive and personal way,:

  • What corporate politics actually are
  • The secrets and skills of people who are good at politics
  • What political pitfalls really should be avoided
  • The crafting of an individual political game plan for each delegate

R 3500+VAT per person
Date: 30th August
Time: 9am to 4pm
Venue: The Networking Company
(Impello Building, 139 Greenway Road, Greenside)
Space is limited to 20 delegates

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Niven Postma

Niven Postma works at a senior and executive level in business, civil society and the public sector. Her career has seen her constantly move between strategy development and execution, working with diverse people, in diverse contexts, to pioneer strategies and deliver results. She consistently does so in a way that builds strong and effective teams; teams that in turn, successfully build the reputation and capacity of departments and organisations.

She is currently consulting in the leadership, culture and strategy space, having just completed a contract position as Head: Leadership and Culture for the Standard Bank Group during its strategy cascade; one which spanned all the countries where the Group operates and extended to all 55 000 employees. Prior to taking up that role she was the Head of the South African Reserve Bank Academy, responsible for the delivery of learning and development across SARB. She was initially appointed to the central bank in 2010 as its first Head of External Strategy.

From 2002 until 2004, Niven was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA); the largest association of business and professional women in South Africa. The BWA has run the Businesswoman of the Year Award since 1980 and under her leadership, inaugurated an annual South African Women in Corporate Leadership Census. From 2005 to 2007 she served as the first Chief Executive Officer of NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity). NOAH was one of the largest children’s NGOs in South Africa and franchised community-based models of orphan care in over 110 communities across the country until it transitioned the majority of its projects to the Department of Social Development in 2014.

Niven then worked independently for a number of years, designing and delivering leadership, systemic change and innovation projects in the social sector. Her clients included the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Convene Venture Philanthropy and the Freeplay Foundation.

She started her professional career as a consultant with the global strategy consulting firm Monitor Company, where she worked for three years on cases for clients that spanned mining, retail, healthcare and government, in South Africa, Boston and Turkey.

Prior to undertaking her BA degree (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch, Niven backpacked around the world for 4 years. She completed her EMBA at the UCT Graduate School of Business in 2012 and her PG Dip Futures Studies (cum laude) at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2014.

She was an inaugural Fellow of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Programme in 2002 and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow in 2007. She has addressed conferences on three continents and been a guest speaker numerous times at GIBS. She has served as a volunteer police reservist and as a board member of a number of charities and NGOs. She is currently on the board of Cotlands ( a leader in the Early Childhood Development space in South Africa.

Niven enjoys reading, running, hiking, improving her French, learning to play bridge and travelling. She lives with her partner in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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