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LEAD: Your Four Project Leadership Priorities

LEAD - Your Four Project Leadership Priorities

When you are in a Project Leadership role, you will have a lot to do. As well as managing your project day-to-day, you’re responsible for the people. They look to you for leadership and guidance. But, with so many responsibilities, it can be hard to know what are your leadership priorities?

Often, it is the soft skills that are hardest to practice. Yet they regularly make the biggest difference. There is a well-established acronym, listing four vital soft skills. For me, it forms a great checklist and reminder of my leadership priorities. And, in this article, I want to share it with you, with some tips and tricks along the way.

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What is the PMBoK (Project Management Body of Knowledge)? | Video

What is the PMBoK (Project Management Body of Knowledge)?

No self-respecting Project Manager should be ignorant of one of our primary reference documents, the PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge, or PMBOK.

So, what is the PMBoK (Project Management Body of Knowledge)?

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

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Project Closure: Your Complete Guide to How to Close-down Your Project

Project Closure - Your Complete Guide to How to Close-down Your Project

Project closure is often viewed as an afterthought by Project Managers:

We’re done, let’s run.’

But projects can become like a dripping tap. You tighten the faucet a bit more, but it still keeps dripping. What my friend, Ron Rosenhead, refers unglamorously to as ‘project dribble’.

Yet one of the most influential project management training sessions I ever attended, early in my PM career (by Paul O’Neill) identified the basics of project management in three lessons. The third was finishing well. And it’s only fair to acknowledge that some of the things I have been saying in training sessions fo the last 20+ years track back to Paul’s advice closing a project well.

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What is Lean Project Management? | Video

What is Lean Project Management?

These days, every organization seems to be going Lean. So, what is Lean Project Management, and how does it relate to Agile Project Management?

So, what is Lean Project Management?

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

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Managing Difficult Conversations: A Guide for Project Managers

Managing Difficult Conversations | A Guide for Project Managers

From time to time, every Project Manager will find themselves managing difficult conversations. Because it is an important part of our role. But it’s one we’d rather not have. Then, of course, at the end of a hard day or week at work, you leave work. And again, you will have to face these types of conversation at home, with friends and in social situations.

We all know a difficult conversation as soon as it gets started – in fact, we mostly spot it in advance. This triggers adversarial or defensive reactions that just make things worse.

There are ways to plan and manage a difficult conversation to vastly increase the chances that it will go well. You want the other person will listen and participate constructively. You also want a good outcome. So, in this guide, I’ll offer you some practical techniques to give you confidence when you are managing difficult conversations.

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What are Project Outcomes? | Video

What are Project Outcomes?

It’s easy to get confused: objectives, Outputs, Outcomes. But they are different, and the differences matter. So, what are Project Outcomes?

So, what is Project Outcomes?

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

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How do People Respond to Change? What Project Managers Need to Know

Projects create change for the people in the organization where we are working. And the success of your projects will often depend on how well you manage that change process.

But dealing with emotions and arguments is uncomfortable. So, too many project managers shy away from it. They either leave it to a ‘change manager’, or worse: they ignore it.

That is a big mistake. So, in this feature article, we’re offering a primer in Change Management. We’ll tell you what it is, how people respond to change, and the main pointers you’ll need to manage change effectively.

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What is Monkey Management (Onken’s Monkey)? | Video

What is Monkey Management (Oncken's Monkey)?

Do you ever find yourself overworked? Is it a little like you are carrying everyone else's monkeys on your back? Too often, project managers make a deadly mistake. Just four words... 'Leave it with me.' So, what is Monkey Management?

So, what is Monkey Management?

Dr Mike Clayton is founder of OnlinePMCourses.com.
Here, he answers this question, and tells you all about William Oncken's Monkey, in under 5 minutes.

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Confidence: What You Need to Know to be a Confident Project Manager

Confidence: What You Need to Know to be a Confident Project Manager

Confidence goes a long way to making an effective Project Manager. Because a big part of your job is to inspire confidence in the people around you: your team, your sponsor or client, and your stakeholders.

And with confidence comes assertiveness. As a Project Manager, you’ll often need to ‘get your way’ in a courteous and respectful manner.. but without formal authority. Showing confidence is vital for that to.

So, what’s the problem?

The problem is that many Project Managers don’t feel as confident as we’d like to. It’s our little secret.

And that means that confidence, and what you need to know about being confident, is a great topic for an OnlinePMCourses feature article!

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What is CPM (Critical Path Method)? | Video

What is the Critical Path Method (CPM)?

The Critical Path Method (CPM) is one of the core planning and control methodologies that project managers use. So, what is the Critical Path Method?

So, what is the Critical Path Method?

And what is Critical Path Analysis (CPA)?

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

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