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Influencing: How to ‘Get Things Done’

A leader who needs to ‘get things done’ requires strong influencing skills within his or her organisation. Having strong and refined influencing skills in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) environment can help a leader improve the success of project execution. How? By understanding how people and organisations work, acquire more resources as required (people and money), and improve morale by advancing careers. Being able to influence effectively is ...

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How to Build Support for Strategic Change Projects

Strategic change projects that have been commissioned from the top of the organisation can have wide-ranging effects on the employees that are impacted by them. Imagine, for example, a decision to roll out a new CRM system across the company, or the decision to move the company’s headquarters to a cheaper location further away from the city centre. Whereas some employees may welcome the change, others will oppose it. The ...

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Managing Communication on Strategic Projects

Communication is an important part of any project, but it seems to me that strategic initiatives need even more of a focus on engaging stakeholders and communicating effectively. With a strategic project there is far more to lose if the message doesn’t get across in a way that creates commitment and action. Having said that, I don’t think that the core principles of communication are that different between strategic projects ...

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Building Teams To Improve Strategy Execution

The concepts of strategic alignment have been around for some time. You probably see this most clearly in staff appraisal processes. Wherever I have worked, my manager has waited to get objectives from his or her manager and so on, and then cascaded objectives to me. The point is that everyone in the organisation, from the CEO to the most junior or personnel, has objectives for the year that hang ...

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Overcoming Roadblocks to Innovation on Strategic Projects

When leading strategic projects we have to be careful not to fall into the trap of micromanaging the detail and executing projects in the same way as they’ve always been done. Instead we must strive for a new standard and deliver the outputs, outcomes and benefits of our projects in the most effective way. New methods, tools and technologies become available every day, and it’s our job as project managers ...

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How To Improve Credibility as a Project Manager

When I’m mentoring project managers one of the key things I hear time and time again is that they want to be given more responsibility and have greater influence over the work. Project managers often struggle from not having budget and resource responsibility. If you don’t control these elements of the project, you don’t really have the option to take many decisions about how the work unfolds. You can’t do ...

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3 Ways to Resource Your Project for Strategic Success

We all know that people deliver projects, and having the right people on the team makes a huge difference as to whether the work is completed successfully or not. And yet, putting the thought into selecting the right team is sometimes an afterthought. You might be able to get away with that for smaller or straightforward projects, where ‘generic’ project managers and resources would be able to successfully deliver the ...

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How To Overcome The Four Most Common Roadblocks that Prevent You from Leading with Vision

As discussed in a previous post the ability to identify, articulate and share a clear vision for the project is one of the key ingredients to project success. The reality however is that many projects aren’t strategically aligned. They are tactical and are lead by an execution-oriented project manager who may not feel that setting or communicating the vision is part of their responsibility. Let’s examine the most common roadblocks ...

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