An Influential Project Manager

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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.

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Categories: impact, influence, influence, power

Nor is it the way that you do it.

Gravitas is what you are, at the deepest level, when you know that you can handle whatever comes at you, with ease.

Many believe that you can paper over the cracks. Put on a serious looking face. Tough it out. Well, perhaps you can, but many will notice that you are not as confident as you are pretending. People may even be amused by your charade.

And, this is where things start to deteriorate. Unexplained levels of confidence are met with suspicion. If trust is what you want (and it is what you ought to be aiming for), and you are hiding your real lack of confidence, you could be heading for trouble.

On the other side, if you display your lack of confidence, what then? You may appear authentic for sure, but will people take the action you want them to take? Or, maybe they will just sit there wondering why you lack the confidence in what you are saying.

Yet gravitas is what is needed, if you are to get on, become recognised in a positive light, and join the senior group. A person who has arrived.

Solving this dilemma, developing this sense of presence and poise, it what I'll be exploring with those attending my webinar here next week: Gravitas: Making a Powerful Impact  (August 15th).

As is usual in my webinars, I'll be getting everyone involved, sharing their experiences in the world of project management, and ensuring that you walk away with some tangible benefit that can help you to improve the impact you create around you and your work. 

See you then!

Colin

Posted on: August 08, 2017 08:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Step outside your project and see what needs to be influence

When projects hit the buffers, it is natural to bear down on the plan, look at what is not happening, and begin to push harder. That often results in resources being pressured to do what they cannot do.

Sitting back and looking for the root causes of the problems is essential, and the chances are high that the ultimate cause lies in the political backdrop.

If you are stuck:

  • What are the most important problems that you need to address?
  • What could be causing each of these problems?
  • What political influences are making a contribution?
  • Who benefits from the existence of the problem?

Having thought these through, what do you need to influence to enable the solution to take shape?

Posted on: March 07, 2017 01:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)
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