Fri, 18 Oct 2019 03:31:16 GMT An Influential Project Manager https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/357453/An-Influential-Project-Manager Today, more than ever, a project manager needs to be an influencer. The purpose of this blog is to stimulate your journey towards greater influence. With influence, you can overcome the roadblocks thrown in your way, overcome opposition, align stakeholders and, enjoy your role even more. However, since I know you are busy, the posts here will be short (about a minute), thought provoking and also drive you towards action. Feel free to connect with me, ask me questions, and share what's good here. Who Cares What You Think? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/56267/Who-Cares-What-You-Think- Sun, 15 Sep 2019 21:58:21 GMT A little while ago I talked with a Project Manager who cared.  He was very concerned about the way his sponsor was changing the scope and deliverables of his project, and told him he was making a mistake. That the project should be focused on delivering something slightly different. The chan... When Drive and Assertion Can Get You Into Trouble https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/55111/When-Drive-and-Assertion-Can-Get-You-Into-Trouble Fri, 30 Aug 2019 11:00:00 GMT Some project managers are very assertive. They are in a hurry, focused on the deliverable, and nothing is going to stand in their way. They have a reputation to maintain. But, what does this mean? How do you quantify very? More to the point, how do those you work with judge your level of drive an... Focus More on Your Advocates https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54763/Focus-More-on-Your-Advocates Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:59:54 GMT Fun, because most of the people quite naturally focus on fixing the problem areas, working to overcome opposition, root out adversity and clear through the roadblocks. A few wise ones respond that most time should be spent with their Advocates. It is quite natural to try to fix the problems st... Understanding Personality Clashes https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54761/Understanding-Personality-Clashes Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:59:53 GMT The sooner you recognise it for what it is, the easier it will be to fix. There are four key elements to consider in these situations - content, behaviour, tension and emotion. Most clashes begin with a disagreement on content and escalate due to differences in behaviour people use to gain agr... How to Dig Yourself Deeper into a Political Hole https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54762/How-to-Dig-Yourself-Deeper-into-a-Political-Hole Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:59:53 GMT Not surprising given the often mysterious nature of the political world of work. And of course, the experience of falling prey to those who play the politics at the cost of integrity and to the detriment of the organisation. Which is perhaps why people, when they face a political challenge, actua... Giving Away Your Power https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54723/Giving-Away-Your-Power Fri, 02 Aug 2019 10:21:54 GMT I’ll never forget as a junior coming up against a programme manager who looked like he had already eaten several project managers for breakfast, and then he growled at me! Or the time I prepared extra hard to meet with the PMO Director for the first time, whose reputation around the organisati... Are You Aggravating Your Stakeholders https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54722/Are-You-Aggravating-Your-Stakeholders Fri, 26 Jul 2019 11:00:00 GMT “They never seem to have time.” “Got their priorities all wrong.” “Just interested in their personal agenda.” To name but a few (excuses). Now, I know you are not one to make excuses. I’m sure you take full responsibility for the way you may be contributi... Making More Deliberate Impressions https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54653/Making-More-Deliberate-Impressions Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:00:01 GMT You probably do, especially if they are likely to be important to you, perhaps a new sponsor, a key stakeholder, or a major supplier. But, do you go beyond that? Do you consider exactly what impression you wish to create? Probably not, most people don’t. Which gives you a great opport... Taking the Heat out of Project Politics https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54651/Taking-the-Heat-out-of-Project-Politics Fri, 12 Jul 2019 11:13:01 GMT Of course, one should not make generalisations, but in my experience, project managers tend to be very practical, like to stick to the facts, and play things straight - oh, and do their very best for the benefit of the organisation. And, that they see politics as either a necessary evil or a complet... Disruptive Technology and Balance of Power https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54650/Disruptive-Technology-and-Balance-of-Power Fri, 05 Jul 2019 10:26:01 GMT If powerful people are going to lose out, what out, because they will likely try to block even the most rational and beneficial projects. When powerful people are going to win from the change you are leading, they will move mountains to resource and support you. Whatever project your are runni...