Power, Influence and Politics in Project Management
Ignoring the external and internal politics surrounding your project can
be hazardous to your project’s health. Successful project managers understand
the importance of managing stakeholders through leadership and influence. This
course will help you analyze the political context in your organization and
convert your adversaries and opponents into your allies. The techniques and
reminders covered in this highly interactive and engaging workshop will give you
many practical tips that you can immediately use to understand and manage
politics in your own organization. You will evaluate, improve and refine your
project management and leadership skills and learn practical strategies to
increase your total power.
To provide a methodology to ensure that projects are managed in a way that ensures consistent success.
Develop and enhance the contributions you make to your
organization by being able to:
Recognize the importance of
human factors in project management
Understand the importance
and dynamics of power and politics
Identify eight sources of
power and evaluate strategies to increase total power.
Identify political behaviors
and analyze the political context in your organization.
Develop strategies to
convert your adversaries and opponents into your allies.
Manage power and politics at
the project level and at the upper management level.
Recognize the role of leader
versus manager and how leadership is related to the project life
This workshop is appropriate for anyone – at any experience levels – who
needs to lead projects, manage stakeholders, build relationships,
negotiate successfully and work with others to achieve results while
minimizing unwanted surprises.
- Power and Influence – Sources of power; characteristics and
outcomes of power; project manager and power; and techniques to
increase your total power.
- Politics in Project Management – Analysis of political behaviors
of project stakeholders and political context in your organization;
strategies to convert your adversaries and opponents into your allies;
and managing politics at the project level and at the upper management
- Project Leadership – Leader versus manager; leadership and the
project life cycle.
Include small group activities, skill practices, case studies, lectures,
diagnostic questionnaires and group discussions.
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