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By Sree Rao, PMP, PgMP, PMI-ACP
The ability to influence is one of the most valuable—and
Here are 7 ways to influence:
1. Identify your style
We all have our own ways of trying to impact other people’s thinking and
We often try to influence the way we like to be influenced—but that doesn’t
2. Establish trust
Influence is based on a foundation of trust and credibility that’s been
3. Build social capital
Look beyond your role and offer help: Volunteer to pitch in on mentoring or
4. Think like a hotshot
Consider this as a variation of what former Focus Brands COO Kat Cole calls
5. Influence the influencer
If you’re trying to influence a team, identify the person on that team with
6. Unlearn what you know
Keep an open mind and don’t write anyone off. There might be ways to win
7. Know your value
The Cohen-Bradford influence model recommends that you think of what you
I’ve been trying to learn more about good decision-making and recently read Daniel Kahneman’s famous Thinking Fast and Slow. It’s very surprising to see the number of fallacies and biases that cloud our decision-making, with some impacting us more than others. Here are three of the most common fallacies that we encounter in project and program management, along with a few “smartcuts” (smarter way of doing things) to mitigate them.
1. Planning fallacy: the tendency to underestimate the time, costs and risks of future actions, while overestimating the benefits of the same actions
2. Sunk cost fallacy: an increased propensity to continue an endeavor once an investment in money, effort or time has been made
3. Status quo bias: sticking with the option you’re given even though the alternatives might be better
While it’s not possible to eliminate all biases and fallacies, being cognizant of them and recognizing them will guide us in making better decisions.
What are some of the fallacies and biases you’ve held onto and how have you overcome them?
A program manager must work with several cross-functional teams, facilitate many meetings, and drive and motivate team members to achieve business outcomes.
While this sounds like a great fit for extroverts, introverts can also shine in this role by playing to their strengths. Introverts tend to be good thinkers, great listeners, observant and detail oriented. They are also generally skilled at forming meaningful connections and adept in small groups.
If you consider yourself to be an introverted program manager, here are some strategies you can employ to tap into your strengths as you execute your responsibilities.
1. Meetings: Program managers facilitate a lot of meetings, sometimes with a large group of participants, which can be daunting for introverts. These tips can help:
2. Self-promotion: Advocating for yourself can be one of the hardest things for introverts. Here are some ways to do it gracefully:
3. Networking: As program managers, we have to exert influence without authority. We need to work with different types of personalities and get things done. Networking is key. Here’s how to build and sustain meaningful connections as an introvert:
4. Communication: Introverts tend to speak up less often than others. If you are generally quiet in meetings or other situations, it tends to create a misconception that you are not assertive. Here’s how to communicate better as an introvert:
5. Motivating teams: Motivating program teams is another key responsibility of a program manager. Here’s how to handle it as an introvert:
Lastly, if you are an introverted program manager, be authentic to your true self and stretch yourself in ways that are reasonable. Trying to be something you are not will only lead to burnout in the long run.
What tips have you found most helpful for yourself or for introverts on your team?