Summer of books

Book review: Real Influence

August 28, 2013

“When you view influence as ‘getting people to do what I want,’ you actually reduce your influence,” write Mark Goulston and John Ullmen in Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In. The authors position influence as not something you do – people are hyper-sensitive to that sort of marketing. They call this […]

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Book review: Do Nothing!

August 26, 2013

Do you have too much to do? Are you worried about going away and leaving your project? Do you take your laptop on holiday? When you come back to your project, are there always pressing issues, loads of emails and a crisis to solve? Keith Murnighan, author of Do Nothing!: How to Stop Overmanaging and […]

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Book review: Strategies for Project Sponsorship

August 21, 2013
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Strategies for Sponsors

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Strategies for SponsorsDid you fall into project management? Or get promoted to a project management role? Then you are probably a ‘accidental project manager’ – someone who never set out to study project management at university but who ended up doing a PM job by […]

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5 ways to increase trust through transparency

August 19, 2013

A couple of times people have said to me that sharing the project budget with their team members is Not A Good Idea. I don’t know why that is the case – they are stakeholders too. I think it is essential to be transparent about the budget, how it was created and how you, as […]

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Book Review: Project Stakeholder Management

August 14, 2013

In their book, Project Stakeholder Management, Pernille Eskerod and Anna Lund Jepsen say that projects often fail because stakeholders are not adequately considered. “A recurring theme in these failures is project managers who have not taken sufficiently into account the interests and motivations of the persons or entities that can affect or be affected by […]

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Book review: Turn The Ship Around

August 12, 2013

Turn the Ship Around!: How to Create Leadership at Every Level is a leadership book by David Marquet. It’s the story of how he commanded a U.S. nuclear submarine and took it from one of the poor performers to one of the top performers in the fleet. Each chapter includes a story from below deck […]

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Book Review: Practical Project Management for Agile Nonprofits

August 9, 2013

I was a volunteer. I lost count of how many hours of community service I donated over 13 years of providing first aid cover at school fetes, amateur dramatic theatre productions, Remembrance parades, or in teaching others. But I don’t volunteer any more. Instead, I have a standing order that pays an amount to charity […]

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Book Review: Leading Successful Change

August 7, 2013

“Many of the most popular books on change address its psychological aspects, and focus on people and their internal states or motivations,” write Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon in their book, Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work. They go on to say: This psychological perspective taken alone, however, can promote […]

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Book Review: Program Management

August 5, 2013

I have met Michel Thiry, author of Program Management, and he is a nice guy. However, I was disagreeing with him by page 1. He writes: “Project managers lack the proficiency and/or capability to understand or question strategic language and are often not aware of expected benefits.” If you are not aware of the benefits, […]

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It’s the 2013 Summer of Books!

August 2, 2013

The annual book-reading fest has begun and I’ve been sampling the best of the year’s project management and business books for you. So, if you need something to do while watching your little ones build sandcastles on the beach, or if you just want to get some reading in on your commute while the trains […]

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