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Building Trust the Key to Exercising Influence

We all know people who have influence but whom we do not trust; these individuals are often referred to as "political animals" or "jungle...

Ethics in Project Management

The idea of ethics has already arisen in my previous articles where I have discussed padding of cost and time estimations, exaggerating pay-offs of...

Managing Upward Relations Like A Boss

Research consistently points out that project success is strongly affected by the degree to which a project has the support of top management and...

Leading by Example

A highly visible, interactive management style is not only essential to building and sustaining cooperative relationships, it also allows project managers to utilize their...

Management by Wandering Around

Once you have established who the key players are that will determine success, then you initiate contact and begin to build a relationship with...

Network Building Methods

The first step to social network building is identifying those on whom the project depends for success -- Mapping Dependencies. The project manager and his...

Influence as Currency Exchange

To successfully manage a project, a manager must build a cooperative network among divergent allies and make use of their influence. Networks are mutually...

How To Be An Effective Project Manager in a World Full...

An effective project manager has to be able to deal with the contradictory nature of his work. Why would I say that, well here...

I Care About Project Stakeholders, How About You?

First-time project managers are eager to implement their own ideas and manage their people to successfully complete their project. What they soon find out...

Organizational Culture Implications on Projects

Project managers must be aware that their actions will have some organizational culture implications. First, they have to interact with the culture of their...

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