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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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18 Routes to Better Project Management for 2017

Better Project Management

I suppose it’s traditional at this time of year. But why baulk at tradition? So I want to use this article to list ways you can deliver better project management in the coming year.

Now, of course, there will be many articles promising this, I am sure. And a lot of them will look very much like one-another. You can almost predict what they will say:

  • Be clear setting your project goals and objectives
  • Define your scope with great clarity
  • Manage your risk profile actively
  • Pay more attention to your stakeholders this year
  • … and so on

In truth, we’ve done articles like that, already, here, herehere, and here, for example. We’ll probably do more in the future, too.

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One Minute Project Manager: Applying the Principles to Projects

The One Minute Manager (by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson) is a deserved best-seller. Its guidance is simple and valuable for any manager. So how does it translate for a Project Manager? Could you be a One Minute Project Manager?Continue reading

Rapid Decision Making in Projects: How to Get it Right

Rapid Decision Making in Projects

In last week’s article, we looked at how to make robust project decisions. This week, I want to turn up the pressure to look at rapid decision making in projects.

What can you do to maintain the rigor, transparency, and reliability of your decision making, but also turn up the speed?

How can you make good decisions in a hurry?

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The Essential Guide to Robust Project Decision Making

Robust Project Decision Making

One of the challenges a new Project Manager faces is project decision making. It is easy to find the constant stream of small decisions overwhelming. But there’s more to it than that. Some decisions are big, and getting them right is a matter of good governance.

The Twin Challenges of Project Decision Making

Robust Project Decision Making
And so we have the two requirements of project decision making:

  1. The need to get it right, in terms of accountability, transparency, and approach, to satisfy the need for good governance
  2. The need to make project decisions quickly, to satisfy the need for speed, so you don’t hold up progress.

In this article we are going to focus on the need for good, robust, accountable project decision making. In next week’s article, we will look at how to satisfy the need for speed, and make a good decision in a hurry.Continue reading