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What is Transformational Leadership? | Video

What is Transformational Leadership?

Transformational Leadership can be set against the alternative; transactional leadership. The distinction was drawn by James McGregor Burns and clarified by Bernard Bass. As a Project Manager, you are involved in transformation, so this is a hugely valuable concept for you.

So what is Transformational Leadership?

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

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Project Culture: What it is and How to Craft it

Project Culture

Project culture is a subtle idea. Perhaps its even a little abstract. So you may ask, fairly:

‘What has it got to do with getting the job done?’

Because delivery is the job of a Project Manager: not management theory.

Well, that’s true. But Project Culture has everything to do with delivery and getting the job done.

So we’ve invited Andy Kaufman PMP, project manager, author, trainer, and academic, to share his thoughts with us.

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Everything You Need to Know about Project Team Motivation

Team motivation is a tricky topic for some project managers. Often your project team is drawn together at short notice. People don’t know one another, and don’t have a formal responsibility to do as you ask. So, when your project is under pressure, motivating your team is the only way to enhance their performance.

The challenge of team motivation is the reality that the things that motivate us are as many and varied as we are. Different people find different things motivating, at different times. So there is no easy one-size-fits-all formula, which you can quickly apply.

So, What can we learn about Team Motivation from Social Psychology?

The good news is that you can understand the many things that with motivate your team members, from a very simple framework. This is another of our giant guides. It will give you a comprehensive overview of what motivates team members. And in our next article, we’ll look at how you can motivate individuals, with personal leadership.

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What is the Tuckman Model of Group Development? | Video

What is the Tuckman Model?

The Tuckman Model of group development should be essential learning for every project manager.

As a project you are constantly taking new groups of people and aiming to forge a successful team. Bruce Tuckman investigated this and gave us arguably the best model of group and team development. It’s famous for its Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing stages.

So what is the Tuckman Model of Group Development?

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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How to Handle a Difficult Project Sponsor [6 Different Types]

How to Handle a Difficult Project Sponsor

In an earlier article, we gave you eight approaches for how to engage your project sponsor. But the commonest challenge is ‘what if I have a difficult project sponsor?’ So in this article, we’ll look at seven flavours of difficult project sponsor, and tactics for handling them.

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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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