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Political Savvy


Presenter: Daphne Walmer, Medtronic
Date Recorded: August 30, 2012
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When you think about organizational politics, do you get a queasy feeling? Do you believe you can and should rise above politics? Do you think of politics as a necessary evil? I did until I heard Dr. Joel DeLuca speak at a seminar 18 years ago. What I learned from him and his book Political Savvy profoundly changed my thinking and behavior. I’ll share some of what I learned and suggest concrete things you can do to become more effective in driving important changes in your organization.


Daphne Walmer is a staff-level Adviser to (and formerly Director of) Technical Communications for the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management (CRDM) division of Medtronic, a medical technology company focused on changing the way the world treats chronic disease. CRDM Tech Comm produces manuals and online HELP for physicians and patients. Within CRDM Technical Comm, Daphne is responsible for language translation strategy, electronic manuals, and running a cross-business Product Information Council. She participated in a team that developed and maintains a global content management system that integrates authoring and language translation tools. She also led the initial development of an enterprise website for delivering information to customers worldwide. Daphne was responsible for a multi-year European pilot of electronic manuals with the goal of changing European laws and forging guidance for medical device information. She has more than 25 years of experience managing technical communications at Medtronic, Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc., and CPT Corporation. Trained to facilitate business process improvements, she is a three-time winner of Medtronic’s Star of Excellence for Quality.

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