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What has Project Governance Ever Done for Us? [Ans: A Lot]

What has Project Governance ever Done for Us

Too often, Project Governance is seen as ‘worthy but dull’.

Project Managers can easily believe it is nothing but an annoying intrusion into their autonomy. Senior managers find it a distraction. In addition, when they need to do it, these top people usually believe it is straight forward; they don’t need anyone to tell them how to do it.

Yet Project Governance is a critical component of your project control. It protects the organization, the project, and its people alike. It provides accountability, strategic focus, and sound decision-making. Without good Project Governance, you and your project are at grave risk.

So it’s time to understand what Project Governance can do for you. And how to kick start it on your project.

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What is NLP? | Video

What is NLP?

If you work as a project manager or in projects for any length of time, you’ll come across the term ‘NLP’.

So what is this NLP?
…and what does it stand for?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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The Most Comprehensive list of [22] Project Management Podcasts You’ll Find

Project Management Podcasts

For any Project Manager who wants to learn more about your discipline on the move, here’s your best ever guide. There are well over 20 Project Management Podcasts. And here, we list as many of the good ones as we can find.

Like volcanoes, some of these podcasts are extinct, some dormant, and some highly active. Also volcanoes, good project management podcasts are a valuable resource even when they are dormant or extinct. They become a rich archive of ideas, information, and guidance. Extinct volcanoes provide rich and fertile soils.

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What is Situational Leadership? | Video

What is Situational Leadership?

Project Managers need to lead people to get things done.
What is the right approach to project leadership?
Situational Leadership will help.

So what is Situational Leadership?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Three Project Leadership Challenges for Tough Times [and what to do]

Three Project Leadership Challenges for Tough Times

In tough times, project management is not enough.  People get scared and uncertain. So they need leadership to keep them motivated, confident and effective. In this article, we’ll look at what Project Leadership adds to project management. And we’ll also look at three of the biggest challenges project leaders face in tough times. What are they and, more important, how can you handle them effectively?

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What is a Deadline? | Video

What is a Deadline?

Deadline. It sounds scary. Deadlines are scary.

So what is a Project Deadline…
and how does it differ from a Milestone?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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What is a Growth Mindset? | Video

What is Growth Mindset?

Carol Dweck coined the term Growth Mindset and compared it with a Fixed Mindset.
Growth Mindset is an valuable idea for all Project Managers to understand.

So what is a Growth Mindset?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Persuasion and Influence: A Thorough Introduction

Persuasion and Influence

Most managers have it easy. They have the authority to ask, and expect compliance. Unlike them, project managers have little or no formal authority over our team-members. So you have to get things done by persuasion and influence.

This doesn’t come naturally to many people. And we aren’t taught it at school, either. In fact, since your toddler days of tantrums and intransigence, how many new strategies have you developed?

What I hear from Project Managers is that it is these sort of soft skills that concern them most. Planning, monitoring, and risk management are easy to learn. It’s the soft stuff that’s really hard. Things like confidence and assertiveness, or persuasion and influence, are vital skills. Yet project management training rarely covers them.

So this article will introduce you to some key ideas around influence and persuasion. It can only be an introduction. This is a huge topic that is the subject of many books of different styles. They include my own best-selling Brilliant Influence. Its 2nd edition is How to Influence in Any Situation (US, UK).

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What is a Project Checklist? | Video

What is a Project Checklist?

A Project checklist can save you time, reduce errors, improve consistency, diminish stress, and even save lives.

So what is a Project Checklist?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, in under 5 minutes.

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Boost Your Project Team Performance with these Hacks

Boost Your Team Performance

Sometimes you really need to boost your team performance and get more from your team. Maybe things have gone wrong. Or maybe you’re just part-way through your project and everyone is feeling exhausted. So what can you do to re-energize a team that has been stretched and strained and wants a rest – yet still has work to do.

In this article, we review a wide range of practical strategies. We’ll divide them into sets of ‘hacks’ Each of them works on a different aspect of what contributes to the highest levels of team performance.

Four Sets of Team Performance Hacks

Here are the four sets of hacks we’ll be looking at:

  • Physiological Hacks
  • Relationship Hacks
  • Motivational Hacks
  • Management Hacks

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