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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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What do You most need to Learn about Project Management? (10 Critical Concepts)

What you most need to Learn about Project Management

So, you want to learn about project management?

Great. You want to learn about Project Management.

It is not only a fabulous discipline for building a career around, it is one of the most valuable life-skills you can acquire.

But if you had to be selective, and needed to focus on just ten things, what would they be? I have around twenty years of experience in training project management courses, and delivering projects, so I have thought about this carefully. Even so, it’s a difficult challenge. But, just for you, I have finally honed my list down to the ten critical things to learn about project management.

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What is a RACI Chart? | Video

What is a RACI Chart?

The RACI Chart is rightly one of a Project Manager’s favourite tools.

So what is a RACI Chart,
and how does it relate to a Linear Responsibility Chart (LRC)?

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

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Good News from the PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017 Report

PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017 Report

The PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017 annual review is called ‘Success Rates Rise’. From the title, we already know it contains good news.

This year, the focus of the PMI’s analysis is on strategic initiatives. But project managers at all levels need to be aware of the major trends and the conclusions the PMI draws. So, in this article, we extract the meat. And we add our own OnlinePMCourses comment to some of the PMI’s own conclusions.

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What is the PMI? | Video

What is the PMI?

The PMI (Project Management Institute) is the largest professional association for project managers.
What does that mean, exactly?

So, what is the PMI?

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

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Your Introduction to Capabilities Based Planning (CBP)

Intro to Capabilities Based Planning - CBP

The familiar way to start defining your project is with a set of functional requirements. But increasingly, this approach is not meeting the needs of the business or organization; especially with IT projects. A  new approach has emerged that is far more rooted into the strategic context. It’s called Capabilities Based Planning (CBP). And one of the leading practitioners is Glen Alleman.

Glen is a heavyweight project manager. He has served on some of the largest, most complex projects. He is also a serious thinker about how we can practice our profession rigorously. It is a privilege to have Glen contribute this introductory article.

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How can You Get the Best from Your Project Management Learning?

How to Get the Best from Your Project Management Learning

OnlinePMCourses is dedicated to bringing you some of the very best project management learning materials. So, this raises the obvious question: how can you get the best from your project management learning? In this article, we will look at different approaches. But don’t think of them as a set of options. They will work best when you can combine as many of them as possible.

Most of us have little or no formal learning since we were at school. And there, few of us were taught ‘how’ to learn. We were just given the opportunities. Some love it, and succeed. While others find learning a stretch.

As an adult, something like a structured project management course is a big investment of your time. So you need to make good use of it.

If you are considering learning about project management, then shouldn’t you be thinking about how you can get the best from that project management learning?

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What is Project Scope? | Video

What is Project Scope? Video

Project Scope is easy to define, but the hardest part of a project manager’s job.

So, what is Project Scope?

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

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