Six Essential Requirements of an Influencing Strategy

Project Risk Coach

This is a guest post from Colin Gautrey, an author, trainer and executive coach who has specialized in the field of power and influence for over ten years. He combines solid research with deep personal experience in corporate life to offer his audiences critical yet simple insights into how to achieve results with greater influence. He is the creator of the Stakeholder Influencing Masterclass. This is the whole point of the exercise, how to get things done faster?

The Influencer (A Preferred Product Owner Stance)

What is an Influencer? These gentlemen are in all the top-10 lists of being the ‘the best’ Politician, Influencer, world changer, etc. So before diving into the Product Owner taking an Influencer stance, let’s first inspect what an Influencer is. What great Influencers do.


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How to Manage Stakeholder Conflict

Project Risk Coach

Turn Conflict into a Problem-Solving Exercise You can help stakeholders resolve the conflict by reframing the conflict as a problem-solving exercise. Project managers must use their leadership skills to influence the stakeholders.

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How to Be a Powerful Risk Management Evangelist

Project Risk Coach

“Leadership is influence. To the extent we influence others, we lead them.” Can project managers influence senior leaders to adopt risk management and reduce the barrier to risk management? Who are the top leaders that you need to influence? Who can you influence that might influence the senior leaders? Another way to influence is from the bottom up, within your sphere of influence. Exercise.

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How to Improve the Performance of Your Project Teams

Project Risk Coach

Use your interpersonal skills to influence the resource manager and others who select the team members. During the workshop, the exercises could be used to actually develop some of your project requirements. Encourage collaboration early by facilitating team discussions, problem-solving, and brainstorming exercises. If the project team has not been selected, see what you can do to influence the selection of team members.

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Change management helps when implementing risk responses

Kiron Bondale

Response owner awareness is a good starting point, but why should they expend their valuable time, money or political influence? But without addressing the need for personal change, your risk management efforts are likely to remain an academic exercise. A student in a project management class I taught shared the concern that it was very hard for her to get risk responses implemented.

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What You Need for a Great Project Charter

Project Risk Coach

These same stakeholders will discover the project later and may adversely influence the project. This is not a documentation exercise! In this article, let's explore what you need for a great project charter. John Maxwell says, “All great leaders possess two things: They know here they are going, and they are able to persuade others to follow.” And, one of the most powerful tools for improving project communication is the project charter.

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Overcoming bias in project management

Girl's Guide to PM

Since good decision-making is critical for good leadership and guidance, project managers need to know how heuristics (mental disposition) and biases (personal inclinations) influence a project manager’s decisions. This is a guest post by Roland Hoffmann.

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How to Keep Up Stellar Project Management Work When in Stress


In this article, you’ll learn what stress is, when it can be good for a project manager, and what you can do to reduce its influence on your work performance. Excess stress also leads to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, influencing our life expectancy in the longer term.

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Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

A key enterprise partner is the Finance department and the organization’s model for project funding will have significant influence over successful agile delivery. Traditional project funding models are anchored to periodic (annual, semi-annual or quarterly) portfolio re-planning exercises which ingest updated forecasts for active investments and funding requests for new ones.

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What is a Stakeholder in Project Management?


While anyone who is impacted by the project is technically a stakeholder, key stakeholders are those who have influence and authority to dictate whether a project is a success is not. As the Project Management Institute writes , all it takes is to “identify the stakeholders, determine their requirements and expectations, and to the extent possible, manage their influence in relation to the requirements to ensure a successful project.”.

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What Project Managers Should Know About Monitoring Project Risks

Project Risk Coach

Definition of CONTROL a : to exercise restraining or directing influence over : regulate control one's anger b : to have power over : rule A single company controls the industry. Many project managers do a great job of identifying risks. Some even evaluate risks and develop response plans. However, project managers get busy as their projects progress and fail to monitor their risks, resulting in challenged or failed projects.

Seven Secret Tricks To Turn “SLUGGISH” Employees Into A Productive Workforce


Secret Tricks To Turn Your Unproductive Employees Into A Productive Workforce We’ve read how sluggish employees can be a burden on any business, how they can create a negative environment in the workplace, and how they are a bad influence on everyone working around or with them.

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Rich Sheridan on Leading with Joy

International Institute for Learning

They’d paired with other candidates three times, working together on a shared exercise. Understanding you can influence your own team and company. How do you influence your customers? Rich Sheridan is the CEO of Menlo Innovations and the author of Joy, Inc. and Chief Joy Officer. As opening keynote speaker at IIL’s Leadership & Innovation 2019 Online Conference , he inspired us all with his uncommon approach to leadership and productivity in the modern workplace.

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Risk Identification Workshops: An Overview

Project Health Check

It is a proactive exercise to try to identify risk, rather than more typical passive identification mechanisms we see - for example something happens to pop up during estimating or requirements development and is added to the Risk Log. Risk Management is one of the well established fundamentals of Project Management.

Focus on your soft skills when moving to agile!

Kiron Bondale

When the team identifies impediments during their daily standups or in retrospectives, your relationship-building and influencing skills will be fully exercised as you work with the owners of those issues to get them resolved as quickly as possible. As companies begin the journey of transforming their delivery practices from traditional to agile approaches, role transitions can be challenging.

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3 Wide-Spread Scrum Master Failures in 5:31 Minutes

When Scrum team members follow the rules, the Scrum Master has influence or authority. For example: Create a repository of Sprint Retrospective exercises for all five stages and never run the same Retrospective format twice. TL; DR: Three Wide-Spread Scrum Master Failures.

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How to Fix Your Sleep Schedule & Be More Productive

In addition to light, circadian rhythms can also be influenced by food. You can schedule exercise or light physical activity for the times you would normally nap. This can give you a similar boost; plus, a little exercise can make it easier to sleep later on too. Every time I look at the clock on my phone, it tells me the correct time. My biological clock on the other hand, that one is prone to errors.

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting People to Take Responsibility At Work

Girl's Guide to PM

In this article we’ll look at why people don’t take responsibility for tasks and also how you can influence the culture of the office so that taking responsibility becomes the norm. 6 Ways to influence your team to take more responsibility. We talked about how to hold someone accountable for their tasks and also: How to make risk management more than a paper exercise Whether your should take your PMP Exam now or wait for version 6 to come out.

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Project Termination Guide for Successful Failure & Minimum Blowbacks


Investors may not be relevant in every project, but investors like venture capitalists have a considerable influence and often have a deciding vote in the decision of whether a project should be terminated. Deciding that it is time to abort a project is never easy nor pleasant.

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Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

It is almost always people focused, and why the skills of empathy and influence are critical. Sharpening the Saw: Building Your Skills and Knowledge In addition to organizational change management, consultants need ready access to credible research that supports their ideas—along with frameworks, training materials and exercises to perform that reinforces this work with a variety of stakeholders. Exercise coaches exist, not just at an elite level, but also at a domestic level.

How to Be More Productive? 10 Productivity Tips to Stay Focused


It may come off as a surprise, but taking regular breaks during your work can have a positive influence on your productivity. Take time out to exercise. Workplace productivity and exercise go side by side. As much as you dislike it, if you want to be more productive, you have to exercise. Exercising regularly increases the blood flow to your brain which can help you increase your awareness.

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The Twins – Communications Management and Stakeholder Management


Rather, it’s more about how they interact within the knowledge area and with each other, the areas in which they overlap, and how they influence and impact each other. It lists requirements of all stakeholders, along with the power, interest, influence, and impact of the stakeholders.

The 23 Best Project Management Books For Upgrading Your Career in 2020


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. The Culture Code is a guidebook for working with the people on your team that doesn’t rely on cheesy exercises, motivators, or team-building events. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.

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The Complete Guide to Project Risk Assessment (Free Template)


Far too many PMs see it as a purely academic exercise, tacking it onto a project plan without understanding what it entails. You can’t control it, nor can you influence the likelihood of the risk event occurring. Jumping off the controllable/uncontrollable risk classification, you can say that your risk control measures can be divided into two broad categories: Active risk control where you have direct influence on the risk event and can take active measures to control it.

The Twins – Communications Management and Stakeholder Management


Rather, it’s more about how they interact within the knowledge area and with each other, the areas in which they overlap, and how they influence and impact each other. It lists requirements of all stakeholders, along with the power, interest, influence, and impact of the stakeholders.

How to Take a Digital Break When Your Job is Online


Jarry Lee , a digital marketing consultant and social media influencer, abides by this very rule. “I Food and travel blogger Bruna Venturinelli of I Heart Brazil also time blocks her agenda with working, eating and exercising. Illustration: Kezia Gabriella.

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Using ‘Management in Scrum’ for Job Interviews with Scrum Masters

The Professional Scrum Master II class contains an exercise called “Management in Scrum”. This article describes how this exercise can be used for job interviews for Scrum Masters. Doing this exercise with 1 Scrum Master will take you about 1,5 hours.

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Tips for Women Entrepreneurs

Don’t ignore them or listen to them exclusively, but put them in the pot with all your other influences for action. Practice Self-Care: It’s a hard road, so take care of yourself: sleep, exercise and eat healthy. I think most people, whether it’s men or women, need to prep practice self-care, but sometimes women we don’t give ourselves time to do that like sleep, exercise, and eat nutritious food, and reach out for resources.

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Voice of the Customer (VOC): a Powerful Tool for Valuable Customer Insight

Project Bliss

Don’t influence the interaction. Plan for how you’ll process and use the information after the exercise. Participants will become frustrated if you carry out VOC exercises but do nothing with the data. Getting the Voice of the Customer (VOC) tells you if you’re on the right track in your product or process improvement project.

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The 21 Daily Routines and Habits of Highly Productive Founders and Creatives


Regular exercise. " Writing these at the start of your day means you’re thinking about them with a clear head and not being influenced by distractions or interruptions. To get even more from your mastery activities, look for hobbies that include other people (to fulfill our social needs), are healthy (like sports or exercise), or give you space to think and be alone (to bring even more mental solitude). Regular exercise.

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Project Leadership In Uncertain Environments with Carole Osterweil

Girl's Guide to PM

In an unordered environment so much is changing on so many fronts that it seems impossible to keep up, let alone influence the way forward. Repeat the exercise often and review your project management approach accordingly. It seems like more and more of the projects we’re working on as project managers are tricky in non-conventional ways. The environment is shifting as we’re trying to do the work. Or the political situation changes.

Social Skills for Project Managers: Interview with Geoff Crane [Video]

Girl's Guide to PM

How do you gain influence with body language? We spent all the first day understanding how to bolster sort of interpersonal interactions as influence without authority is one of those big challenges that PMO have to contend with. What we thought was, well, let’s start building that idea of influence from the ground up. Elizabeth: Where you’re trying to take what you can see and reflect it back or influence it to change the dynamic.

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14 Ways to be More Productive at Work, at Home, and in Life


Exercise, even if it’s just a short walk. No matter the source, you’ll hear that exercising has numerous benefits for the human body. Illustration: Zack Rosebrugh. What does it mean to be productive? We all strive to be more productive.

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19 Genius Ways to Become More Creative Today


Warm up with some creative confidence exercises. We’ll cover a ton of exercises to help with this later on, but the key is to not be afraid to try something crazy to see if it fits. Let’s go through a number of creative exercises that can help inspire and speed up the creative process both for yourself and when working with a team. and inventor Max Shepherd both listed constraints as being one of the most important factors influencing creativity.

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Office Politics: How to Network and Navigate

Most are hierarchical, and it’s that upper echelon you should influence foremost. It might sound Machiavellian, but there’s no reason to make this an exercise in deceit and trickery. Even under the most ideal circumstances it can be difficult to stay afloat at work with all of the tasks that you’re responsible for completing in a day. Add the mucky waters of office politics to the mix, and you might find yourself drifting so far from shore that you’ll never get back.

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A Balanced View of the Competing Demands through the Lens of Evaluation

The IIL Blog

tax rate) in one city will likely influence changes in nearby cities. This option of centralized parking space is compared to the neighborhood park social benefits, which may include allowing children to have a place to play together, exercising on the walking path, promoting unity within the neighborhood, etc. By Dr. Willis H. Thomas, PMP, CPT .

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?Ten Timeless Techniques to Combat Negative Stress

Susanne Madsen

Exercise and strengthen your physique Regular exercise is one of the best techniques for reducing the physical effects of stress. When you exercise, the blood-flow in your body and to your brain increases and endorphins are released, which gives you a feeling of happiness and well-being. The most effective types of exercise are those that work the muscles in your upper body as that is where stress often builds up. As a manager your circle of influence is vast.

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How to Take a Digital Break When Your Job is Online


Jarry Lee , a digital marketing consultant and social media influencer, abides by this very rule. “I Food and travel blogger Bruna Venturinelli of I Heart Brazil also time blocks her agenda with working, eating and exercising.

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How to Turn Stakeholder Conflict on Its Head

Project Risk Coach

How to Turn Conflict into a Problem-Solving Exercise. You can help stakeholders resolve the conflict by reframing the conflict as a problem-solving exercise. Project managers must use their leadership skills to influence the stakeholders. FREE: Engaging and Influencing Stakeholders Webinar. If you want to succeed in a large/complex organization, engaging and influencing your stakeholders is mandatory.

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