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Project Manager Powers
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I recall when I studied for my PMP Exam, the PMBOK 5th Edition mentioned 5 Powers for the PM:

Legitimate Power or Formal power
Reward Power
Expert Power
Coercive or Punishment Power
Referent Power

I tried to look those up in the 5th edition and for some reason I could not find the Knowledge Area or Page they fall under - Can someone assist please ?
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Yup, let me grab my notes, PDF searching is useless
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It is not in the PMBOK but it comes under 9.4. However, you can find it in Rita book 8th edition page 359.
Powers of the Project Manager This section could be titled, "How to get cooperation from the
team and stakeholders:' Project managers almost always have difficulty getting people to cooperate and
perform, especially if they are working in a matrix organization. Understanding the following types of
power can help:
• Formal (Legitimate) This power is based on your position. Example: "You need to listen to me
when I tell you to do this work, because I have been put in charge!"
• Reward This power stems from giving rewards. Example: "I understand that you want to
participate in the acceptance testing of this project. Because of your performance, I will assign you
as part of that team:'
• Penalty (Coercive) This power comes from the ability to penalize team members. Example: "If
this does not get done on time, I will remove you from the group going to Hawaii for the customer
meeting:'
• Expert This power comes from being the technical or project management expert. Example:
"This project manager has been very successful on other projects. Let's give her a chance!"
• Referent This power comes from another person liking you, respecting you, or wanting to be like
you. It is the power of charisma and fame. Example: The most liked and respected project manager
in the organization says, "I think we should change the content of our standard project charter"
NOTE: The best forms of power are EXPERT and REWARD. Penalty is the worst form. FORMAL,
REWARD, and PENALTY arc powers derived from your position in the company. EXPERT power is
earned on your own.
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1 reply by Anish Abraham
Feb 17, 2018 2:19 PM
Anish Abraham
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Thanks for sharing this, Kevin. This is very useful.
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6th edition page 63 is the only reference to it.

ahla wa sahala
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Thanks so much Kevin. I will look it up in Rita’s book. I remember Ive seen thise somewhere so maybe in Rita’s book.

I spent more half half an hour PDF manually searching and using the search function but in vain (That’s in the PMbOk 5th Edition).

I needed to reference something.

Cheers.
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Ahla wa sahla abu alreem, tekrem 3eounek
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Yes it's in in Rita's book.
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My goodness Rami you made us work on this assignment I was searching and the only reference I found it should be under HR management for team 9.4 but I also do remember I read it somewhere and I never had Rita's book so it must be mentioned so I will search again.
But it was good exercise it took me more than 1.5 hours, it is good though to refresh and go quick read, but I wonder why this control F the search does not do a good job on PDF file.

@ Kevin Your phrases are so fantastic and I really feel proud of the way you said it even using # 3 for the first letter of your eyes this reflect that you have deep knowledge of the Lingo.
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2 replies by Kevin Drake and Rami Kaibni
Feb 17, 2018 2:03 AM
Kevin Drake
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Keep the secret and do not tell anyone habibi
Feb 17, 2018 3:03 AM
Rami Kaibni
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I spent a decent chunk of time too. Cheers Riyadh
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Feb 16, 2018 11:45 PM
Replying to Riyadh Salih
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My goodness Rami you made us work on this assignment I was searching and the only reference I found it should be under HR management for team 9.4 but I also do remember I read it somewhere and I never had Rita's book so it must be mentioned so I will search again.
But it was good exercise it took me more than 1.5 hours, it is good though to refresh and go quick read, but I wonder why this control F the search does not do a good job on PDF file.

@ Kevin Your phrases are so fantastic and I really feel proud of the way you said it even using # 3 for the first letter of your eyes this reflect that you have deep knowledge of the Lingo.
Keep the secret and do not tell anyone habibi
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Feb 16, 2018 11:45 PM
Replying to Riyadh Salih
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My goodness Rami you made us work on this assignment I was searching and the only reference I found it should be under HR management for team 9.4 but I also do remember I read it somewhere and I never had Rita's book so it must be mentioned so I will search again.
But it was good exercise it took me more than 1.5 hours, it is good though to refresh and go quick read, but I wonder why this control F the search does not do a good job on PDF file.

@ Kevin Your phrases are so fantastic and I really feel proud of the way you said it even using # 3 for the first letter of your eyes this reflect that you have deep knowledge of the Lingo.
I spent a decent chunk of time too. Cheers Riyadh
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