Thu, 09 Jul 2020 07:21:55 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. Am I Right, or Am I Wrong? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/64423/Am-I-Right--or-Am-I-Wrong- Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:15:37 GMT Do me a favour, don’t tell me that I’m wrong, or that I’m right, unless you can prove it. That’s rude and insulting to me.  How would you like it? In this day and age, that your experience and intelligence, you’d be justified in being offended. By all means t... The Biggest Threat to Change https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/64240/The-Biggest-Threat-to-Change Fri, 22 May 2020 14:18:34 GMT Right now, the biggest threat to change, and our future, is the unconscious pull back to change as normal, or change that didn’t change very well. We all have new experiences that change can happen fast and big, should this be more or less the new normal for change? Who would want t... In Defence of Being Nice https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/63744/In-Defence-of-Being-Nice Fri, 24 Apr 2020 13:54:51 GMT If you are one of the many people who get told that they are too nice, hold on a minute. Just because your line manager or mentor has said this to you doesn’t mean you should change. Why? Nice works. Not in all situations I grant you, but there is a lot to be said for the benefits of bei... Mental Agility: Five Reasons Why You May Lack It https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/63557/Mental-Agility--Five-Reasons-Why-You-May-Lack-It Thu, 16 Apr 2020 12:55:43 GMT To maximise your own ability to be mentally agile, check off the reasons why it may be eluding you - or your colleagues. You don’t need it: 100% agility is nonsensical. Once the problem has been analysed, decisions made and a clear path forward agreed, Mental rigidity is required to keep... The Politics of Escalation https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/62682/The-Politics-of-Escalation Thu, 05 Mar 2020 11:33:21 GMT In all big relationships, be they supplier, outsourcing or strategic alliances, escalation processes are inevitable and necessary. They are formal procedures to resolve intractable problems between the parties. While accepting that these processes need to be used, and should be used, I do feel that ... Domination in the Workplace https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57135/Domination-in-the-Workplace Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:23:14 GMT Once, at an airport, I had an interesting experience of domination which later provided much food for thought — and interesting parallels with workplace domination.. In a queue, the guy behind me was huge. Those who’ve met me know that I am not exactly small, but this man was massive,... Fixing Personality Clashes https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/54760/Fixing-Personality-Clashes Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 GMT In an earlier post here I talked about the basics of personality clashes, and how they begin with differences of agreement in content and progress to differences in the behaviours used to try to remedy the disagreement.  The more extreme the differences in behaviour, the higher the tension r... 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...