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Alpha Project Managers: What you’ll Learn and Whether to Buy it

Alpha Project Managers

‘Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know that Everyone Else Does Not’ is a far better book than I had expected.

So in this article, I’m going to share some of the most important things I learned from it. And I’ll tell you whether you should buy it, depending on where you are in your Project Management career.

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How to Delegate | Video

How to Delegate

In last week’s Project Management in Under 5, we answered the question: What is Delegation?

It’s a vital skill for all project managers, so we’ve also created this video, where Mike talks you through the basics of How to Delegate, in under 5 minutes.

So… How to Delegate?

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

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What is Delegation? | Video

What is Delegation?

Delegation… If you aren’t doing it, you are wasting a tremendous opportunity as a project manager.

So what is Delegation?

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

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The Best Personal Effectiveness Books for Project Managers

The Best Personal Effectiveness Books for Project Managers

There is a vast literature of personal effectiveness books. With so many to choose from, where should you start?

Don’t worry. Here at OnlinePMCourses, we have a big library and have read many personal effectiveness books. We’ll talk you through our top recommendations for each of the personal effectiveness skills.

Why are Personal Effectiveness Books so Important?

When you are a Project Manager, people look to you. They look for leadership, inspiration, and guidance. They also expect you to be a highly effective professional; capable in all circumstances. But many of these skills aren’t taught as a part of your project management learning:

  • Time management
  • Speaking well
  • Connecting with people, emotionally
  • Dealing with difficult people (as if…)
  • Negotiating
  • Making decisions
  • Influencing people

These skills come with practice. But where do you learn what techniques to try out and practice? That’s where our list of personal effectiveness books comes in. They offer some of the best advice, most clearly given, of all the books (around 1,000) on our shelves.

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Resilience for Project Managers: How to Build it and Regain it.

Resilience for Project Managers

You know that Project Management is an exciting, challenging, and fulfilling role. But it can also put you under extreme pressure. And setbacks can be stressful, so you need to be able to handle the pressure. The word for long-term coping capacity is resilience. And that’s what we’ll study in this giant guide.

Where does the stress of project management come from?

In a way, it’s baked into what a project is: novelty, uncertainty, and deadlines. And all this continues over a period. Sustained stresses can damage your health and reduce your ability to think clearly.

When that happens, your responses are less resourceful and effective. You make mistakes, feel pangs of despair, and things just get worse. Without a plan to maintain and regenerate your personal and professional resilience, things go bad. You and your project can spiral out of control.

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Podcast: Project Management and Resilience

Project Management and Resilience

Project Management is a demanding discipline. Pressure can easily get to you. And, if that happens, your effectiveness will suffer… and so will your team, your relationships, and your results. So personal and professional resilience is a huge asset to a project manager.

In this resilience podcast, Elise Stevens of Elise Stevens.co (formerly at: Fix My Project Chaos), interviewed me about this topic.

It’s an important topic to me. Because there was a single, defining incident that changed my attitude and led me to research resilience.

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24 TED Talks for Project Managers

You may already be aware what a fantastic resource TED is. But what are the best TED talks for Project Managers?

This article goes out during the holiday period, so I  thought it would be fun to do something a little different. So, I have selflessly spent many hours watching TED talks looking for the best ones for Project Managers. It’s been tough!

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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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