Your relationship with your Project Sponsor is crucial to the success of your project – and to your success as a Project Manager.
So, in this video, I look at 5 tips to help you get that relationship right.
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What is the frame that your sponsor is thinking about?
Make Life Easy for Your Sponsor.
Always take responsibility. Nothing is more likely to annoy your boss than the feeling that you are trying to wriggle out of a problem.
Take the initiative where appropriate. Most of all, accept any feedback that your boss gives you and thank them for it.
The Governance Deficit…
Is your sponsor allocating enough time to your project?
If not: there are 8 approaches in our eBook.
In our ebook, we also look at specific strategies for 6 types of difficult project sponsor. Here is a four-step process for handling difficult sponsors. A general strategy:
How to handle a meddlesome sponsor who is too focused on minor details of your project. In our eBook, we look at ten ways a project sponsor can go rogue. This is the first of them.
This could be:
One thing that works in both cases is to set up frequent checkpoint meetings. There, they can ask their questions of you. So, you can deal with those questions and keep your sponsor away from the team (and therefore not distract them)
In our Kindle Exclusive eBook, Working with Your Project Sponsor, we cover five topics:
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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