Episode 406: Leading Projects Without Authority

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Jeff Kissinger and Cornelius Fichtner


You've been there, right? You've managed a project where nobody on the team reported to you. But what can a project manager do to succeed other than beg borrow or steal in this situation?

This interview with Jeff Kissinger (LinkedIn Profile) was recorded at the superb Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. It is based on his presentation "Leading Without Authority: The Project Manager's Dilemma" and looks at what project managers can do to successfully deliver their projects even in situations where they have little or no authority at all over the people on their project. Here is what Jeff wrote about his presentation:

Leading project teams without direct authority is a dilemma that many project leaders face. Doing this well is an art. And, like art, it’s often practiced using a mixture of skills, techniques, and tools. Attendees will learn how to identify and resolve authority issues quickly that adversely affect their projects and learn how to lead their project teams successfully without direct authority.

(This interview was originally published on The Project Management Podcast.)

Posted on: December 04, 2017 02:12 AM | Permalink

Comments (13)

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Thanks, very revealing.

Thanks, informative

Thanks, Cornelius, for introducing us to Jeff. I enjoyed his no-nonsense approach.

Thank you Jeff and Cornelius for an interesting talk

Thank you Jeff and Cornelius for an interesting talk

Thank you Jeff and Cornelius for an interesting talk

I really liked this episode.

Very interesting. Thanks

i enjoyed this talk , very good -- straight to the point = leadership

Great podcast. I really enjoyed these ideas and want to learn more! Thanks Cornelius and Jeff!

Really good podcast. Had serious potential to be boringly academic but constant real world examples prevents this and makes it really interesting. Well done.


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