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Project Politics: How to Win The Game of Projects

Project Politics: How to Win the Game of Projects

A seasoned Project Manager, you quickly learn that there’s no escaping project politics.

It’s a fact of life.

When you play a game of projects you deliver or you fail.’

But you may find yourself tempted to say something like: ‘Hang on, I’m a project manager: not a politician.’

That would be nice, wouldn’t it? You could spend your days focusing on the basic management principles.

Except, what are the Basic Project Management Principles?

The Game of Projects: You Deliver or You Fail
Well, pretty near the top is… Stakeholder Engagement. And what’s that all about? Politics.

So, you’ll always came back to the political dimension.

Because it’s always there in real life. No matter how much you may want to; you cannot escape project politics. So you do need to understand the basics.
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Get Better Project Results with Personal Leadership

Get Better Project Results with Personal Leadership

In our previous article, we imitedooked at everything you need to know about project team motivation. But what about motivating individuals within the team? That comes down to personal leadership.

Personal Leadership is all the day-by-day acts of leadership that inspire your team members to follow you. It leaves people motivated, enthusiastic, and keen to follow you. Personal leadership raises morale and builds loyalty. In a project environment, you often have little formal authority. So, it is personal leadership that creates the basis for authority through influence, trust, and commitment.

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What is Transactional Analysis? | Video

What is Transactional Analysis

As a Project Manager, you will be having a lot of conversations – with team members, stakeholders, and your bosses. Some will be hard and some easy. And you’ll need to understand the dynamics of those that don’t go as smoothly as you’d like. A powerful resource for this is Transactional Analysis, or TA. It’s sometimes known as the Parent-Adult-Child model.

But what is Transactional Analysis?

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

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Conflict Management: How to Make Things Better | Part 2

Conflict Management

When relationships start to go wrong, it is often your job to fix them. Conflict management is not always a welcome part of a Project Manage’s role. But it is an important part.

Because conflict is an inevitable part of projects. Stakeholders will resist change, sponsors will want different things, and team members will care passionately about how to implement your project. Indeed, I could argue that conflict is a good thing.

Without creative challenge, you won’t get the best solutions to the problems your project is set-up to address. If stakeholders don’t don’t care enough to argue about what you are doing, they may not care enough when you deliver it. Conflict is not just inevitable: it’s desirable.

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Managing Conflict on Projects: Everything You Need to Know | Part 1

Managing Conflict on Projects

A Project Manager needs many skills. And one of the hardest to come to terms with is managing conflict. You won’t use it every day (I hope). But you will need it from time to time. Whether you are called upon to handle a small spat or defuse a mighty row, conflict management needs a place in your project management toolkit.

Conflict is Innevitable

No matter how well you manage your projects, nor how skilled you are at dealing with people, conflict will arise. It is inevitable when people care about things that are new, important, and complex. And it is sometimes a good thing to air different perspectives in a robust way.

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Interpersonal Skills for Project Managers – How to Develop Yours

Interpersonal Skills for Project Managers

In this article, Donnie MacNicol introduces us to interpersonal skills for Project Managers. Donnie is one of the UK’s leading experts in developing project leadership capability. He uses the latest cultural, organizational, and behavioral thinking in his work.

The Importance of Interpersonal Skills  for Project Managers 

Interpersonal skills are important in any line of work. And the delivery of projects is no different. Project leaders, whatever your role or level, are often at the sharp end. People expect you to deliver, even with multiple technical challenges and strained relationships. I am sure you have experienced situations like this. If you haven’t: you will.

Project leaders must find ways to:

  • Work with a broad and diverse range of people
  • Build relationships
  • Influence them in ways that will support the delivery of the project.

…and you must do it fast.

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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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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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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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