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How do you Lead your Project Team through a Conflict?

Many of us don’t like conflict, but the truth is that it’s difficult to avoid when running a project. There will always be situations when someone within the team has a different opinion about what needs to happen. It’s interesting really that we find conflict so difficult and that we ...

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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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The Strategic Skills PMO Leaders Must Possess

In last week’s blog post How to measure and report the strategic impact of projects, we looked at how well the PMO is placed to measure the business impact of projects and initiatives, and in doing so, identify their strategic value. Given that it is only through the successful delivery ...

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5 ‘Musts’ of Stakeholder Engagement

There are new versions of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide®) – Fifth Edition (which will be the Sixth Edition) and PRINCE2® due out soon and I’m keen to see what, if anything, they have updated regarding how best to work with stakeholders on projects. ...

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Seven Ethics Tips For Project Managers

A project manager approached me recently with a problem. She knew that some of the data that was being submitted in internal reports was – frankly – made up. It was made up with the best intentions from educated guesses and extrapolation. It’s probably fairer and less controversial to say ...

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What is Inclusive Leadership?

I was recently introduced to the concept of inclusive leadership in a session I attended. I hadn’t come across this term before, but liked what I heard. In this post I’ll share with you what I learnt. Most of us probably know what inclusion means. It’s the action or state ...

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What is Personal Leadership?

Personal Leadership is all about leadership for yourself. When we talk about leadership in project management – we’re nearly always talking about leading others – but we also have a responsibility to ourselves – both for our careers and in life. So when we think about personal leadership in relation ...

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The Real Secret of Outstanding Leadership Revealed

I am standing in my kitchen watching my 9-year-old daughter become extremely upset about yet another parental goof on my part. Unfortunately my MBA program didn’t discuss managing children. As she is standing there, trying her best to maintain some sense of decorum, tears streaming down her face, she says, ...

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Getting More Out of Your Project Team

Teams represent one of the most powerful mechanisms for achieving significant results in organisations today. Much has been learned about the development and implementation of teams over the past few years. We have seen what works, what doesn’t and the best approach for developing and nurturing teams. A new class ...

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How to change your leadership style as you progress through your project

If you’re a project manager who has managed teams and projects, you know that the project moves through different phases and that the needs of your team for leadership changes accordingly. But you may never have put that much thought into it or considered if you could be doing more ...

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Forget Project Management…It’s Project Leadership that Counts!

“I’ve worked with my stakeholders to identify their requirements. I’ve talked to my experts to work out the scope of my project and estimate each task. I’ve painstakingly put together the schedule and budget and documented it all in a project specification. I’ve even agreed on a risk and governance ...

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5 Tips for Managing Without Authority

How to get people to commit without having to chase One of the biggest challenges that project managers face is managing people without authority. Whenever I start a training session or a workshop I ask people what their biggest challenges and roadblocks are. One of challenges that almost always comes ...

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Victim or Victor – Taking Control as a Project Manager

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves, that we are underlings” (Julius Caesar, Shakespeare (I,ii)) In the current business climate, it is not unusual to hear the following complaints from project management practitioners – project managers, core team members, and even sponsors: I am having ...

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The Essential Hallmarks of a Project Leader

  What makes a good project manager? What makes a great project leader? In this guest post, Martin Webster shares what he believes are four essential hallmarks of a project leader, and introduces some critical skills, thinking and behaviours for leading projects. By and large it is our failures that ...

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