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Five Ways To Reduce Resistance To Change

Recently I wrote on this blog about ways to spot resistance to change. Having recognised that your team is feeling uncomfortable about the transformation effort, or whatever this project is changing about the way they do their jobs, you’ll want to do something constructive about that. My top tip is ...

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What Project Managers and Leaders Can Learn from Larry King

Yes, that’s right! Larry King – the American talk-show host! Working in broadcasting as a radio and television host is undoubtedly different to the kind of job that most project managers get to perform. But a recent interview with Larry King revealed exactly how good he is at building trust ...

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How to Become a More Sophisticated Project Communicator

We often say that one of the most important roles of a project manager is to be able to communicate effectively. Being the hub of the project, the PM communicates with team members, stakeholders, end users and the project sponsor – all of whom have different preferences for how they ...

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Seven Signs You Are a Great Communicator in Project Management

Being an effective communicator is one of the most important responsibilities of a project manager.  But what does it mean to be an effective communicator and how can you tell if you are one of them? Let’s look at seven telltale signs.   1. Provide regular and truthful updates about ...

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5 Ways To Engage Your Project Sponsor

Project managers are often in a position where their boss is someone several levels above them in the hierarchy and they don’t spend a lot of time with their actual line manager. You guessed it: I’m talking about working for a project sponsor. Many of my project sponsors have been ...

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Working with the “Accidental Project Sponsor”

We hear this all of the time — project management is the “accidental profession.” Very few of us went to university with the objective of being a project manager, nor did we enter the business world with that objective. Somehow, through the course of human events, we ended up at ...

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Communication in Outsourced Project Management

We know that communication is important to the success of any project. But what we often forget is that when it comes to outsourced projects, communication becomes more than important. In outsourcing, communication is the project manager’s critical link to his or her project. The execution of an outsourced project ...

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Project Management Lessons from the Deaf Community

EVA20, the Earned Value Analysis conference in London earlier this year, was a great event. The highlight for me was Bruno Kahne, PhD, talking about his work with the deaf community and how it inspires better communication at Airbus in Belgium. Bruno explained that we absorb 400,000 words every day ...

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How to Become a Deliberate Communicator in Your Projects

It is widely accepted in project management circles that communication and information play an important role in the successful execution of projects. Some even claim that poor communication is a major factor in most projects that fail. When communication is poor it often means that people aren’t clear on what ...

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How to Win People Over and Gain Buy-In from Senior Stakeholders

Project managers often ask me what the best approach is for gaining buy-in and winning people over. When they ask this question it’s often in connection with senior stakeholders who they find difficult to deal with. Oftentimes, they are working with a sponsor or a stakeholder who has a lot ...

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5 Skills for Project Sponsors

When project teams come together for the first time, the skills of the resources are mapped against the skills needed to be able to deliver the project successfully. This analysis shows where there are gaps. As a result, anyone in the team who needs training will get it. If they ...

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Tips for a Successful Project Kick-Off

Some time ago, TheLadders reported that your resume has 6.25 seconds to impress a recruiter and make the ‘cut’. Phil McAleer, a psychologist at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, led a study that found impressions were made just from hearing someone say “Hello.” Considering first impressions are formed within seconds, ...

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Getting Your Message Across

You’ll have heard it said before: project managers spend lots of their time communicating. And I mean lots – upwards of 80%. So getting your communication right and your message across is important as it will mean all that effort is actually worth it. When it goes wrong you have ...

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