Playing Politics: The Psychology of the Human Workplace

Karlyn Borysenko, I teach people how human beings function at work.

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8 Videos (36m)
    • Course overview. Watch this first!

    • Why playing politics is important

    • Principle 1: People are not logical and rational

    • Principle 2: Relationships are your goal

    • Principle 3: People have different natural tendencies

    • Principle 4: Look for the win-wins

    • Principal 5: Pick your battles

    • A few final thoughts


About This Class

Office politics. Those simple words have been known to strike fear into the hearts of men, invoking eye rolls, groans, and declarations that you will never "play politics" at work.

But what if you could use office politics for good? This class will teach you the psychology behind the interpersonal aspects of the human workplace and teach you to harness the power of relationships and influence to get more done, be more innovative, and rally your team to do amazing work.

The Carnegie Foundation famously declared that 85% of job success comes from the soft skills. That's all office politics is. Stop fearing it and start using it and you'll get more done at work than you ever dreamed!

4 of 4 students recommendSee All

This course keeps the information to the core fundamentals without getting too deep into the psychology. The result is a concise and well laid out set of information that can be easily applied at the workplace, immediately. It's about half an hour and, it my opinion, it could probably save a person 10 times that in a year.
I never took Psych 101 in university, and so I think that this course gave me a little bit of insight into how people make decisions in the workplace.





Karlyn Borysenko

I teach people how human beings function at work.

Karlyn Borysenko is an organizational psychologist and executive/performance coach. She is the owner of Zen Workplace, where she helps individuals find greater happiness and fulfillment in their professional lives and works with organizations to help create amazing environments for their teams that drive productivity. 

Karlyn's approach is grounded in organizational and positive psychology, and mindfulness techniques applied in a highly practical way. She holds an MBA and a PhD in Psychology, is an experienced trainer and facilitator, author, and award-winning speaker. She is based on the greater Boston area and serves clients all over the world.