Developing Political Nous in Local Government

Duration 1 Day

Format Face to Face

Pre-Requisites None


  • Do you need to convince others in the Council about the merits of your project?
  • Do you believe that a good idea sells itself?
  • Are you intrigued at the rapid rise through the organisation of some colleagues?
  • Are you sometimes frustrated by the ‘invisible road blocks’ that get in the way of your good ideas or reports?
  • Do you resent managers who seem to take no action against ‘problem’ staff?
  • Do you avoid office politics at all costs?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, spend a day with ASC Training & Development to explore the critical role Political Nous (or Savvy) plays in council life.

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Course Content

  • Defining organisational politics
  • What is your political style?
  • Manipulation versus influence
  • A model of political skills types
  • Political nous and organisational values
  • Identifying the stakeholders
  • Political agendas
  • Power and forming alliances
  • Bargaining and negotiating

Career Outcomes

In this course we distinguish between the Machiavellian behaviours of manipulative employees and the behaviours of Ethical Influencers

Past participants have shared that they will:

  • be more aware of political implications at work
  • develop stronger strategic work relationships
  • use tools supplied to evaluate the political terrain
  • consider more broadly all stakeholders
  • ask the right questions


$396 (inc GST)


  • highly skilled facilitators with extensive leadership experience
  • all learning materials
  • continuous coffee, tea and morning tea are provided at sessions


  • there are many quality food vendors within 1-2 min walk for you to purchase your lunch, or you are welcome to bring your own lunch if you wish

Course Dates

Tuesday 6 September 2016

Training Venue

ASC Training & Development 
Harmer House 
Level 2, 5 Leigh Street

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