Human Side of Project Management
I remember the time I first started out as a Project Manager – I was struggling with project management. It wasn’t because of the projects I was doing. The nature of them wasn’t new to me. It wasn’t because of the people involved. I was familiar with them even before I became a Project Manager. It was particularly when I tried to communicate with the team members, the stakeholders, the bosses, who had a direct impact on the project – this was when I struggled. I was struggling to make them see my point of view, keep them focused on the project objectives, get things done with them. Sound familiar to you? Then you may want to keep on reading!
Project Management is more than just planning, tracking timeline, controlling budget, managing scope or whatever else PMBOK taught you. You can excel at all these areas and still fail to be a good project manager.
How do you really succeed as a Project Manager? It doesn’t matter if you’re a junior PM, a senior PM, have completed small or large scale projects or even delivered a few or hundred projects – the Human Side of Project Management is a skill set you need to master if you’re going to succeed as a great Project Manager.
Most Project Management trainings don’t teach you about dealing with the human side. Does the Human Side sound alien to you? That’s because what you learned was writing skills, change management, risk management, planning and scheduling. Not people skills! If you haven’t been successful so far or just need more skills to make you even better, then, The Human Side of Project Management is the program for you!
In fact, even with one of the top 10 Project Management knowledge areas being Project Communications, that just doesn’t cut it. Why? Because you are only guided on things like coming up with a Communications Plan and managing the communications based on the plan. It’s about a plan, not about PEOPLE! It doesn’t teach you how to communicate with others. These PM trainings are missing out the essential techniques that transform your communication with all the different types of personalities you work with, so you can be successful in the various projects you undertake – You MUST learn these skills and be able to select the right skills to use for specific communication situations.
You can stay where you are and get what you already have in your career or you can learn and master these skills now and start succeeding in your career.
These skills, presented to you in this 4-week course, are the ones you need to be an extremely successful Project Manager. It’s up to you to learn and practice them. Once you do, you’ve set yourself up for constant success in whatever projects you undertake and whoever you work with!
Here’s what awaits you in the Human Side of Project Management (HSPM) program:
Week 1 – The PM Brain, How You’re Programmed (or not) For Success
By understanding how your mind works, you will also understand that you have all sorts of programs going on inside your head that you weren’t aware of. This is important to know so that you are enabled to make purposeful use of your mind’s power. You’d want that, yes? Discover a handful of your mind’s programs that may be ruining your chances for success.
This week is all about understanding your brain and learning the programs that secretly run your life.
Week 2 – More Programs for Successful PMs
There is more to these unconscious programs that run our mind and you will be discovering a lot more this week. Learn practical applications at work with other team members. Enjoy knowing yourself and others so well you can begin identifying behaviours that lead to problems, miscommunication and project delays.
This week is all about taking your new knowledge to work!
Week 3 – Recovering Miscommunication
Let’s face it. You’ll be working with all sorts of people who have different ways of communicating than you do. You need to understand how to communicate in a way that works for each person you speak with AND be able to ask the right questions when you can’t understand other people.
This week is all about learning how to communicate that results in a win-win
Week 4 – Influencing
There are more ways than you think to influence people. If you can learn more ways, then you can choose whichever you like best to use. There’s so many of them to choose from. After all, don’t you want to guide your team and your stakeholders to a successful conclusion to the project? The only way you can do this is to master these influencing skills!
This week is all about learning how to influence others effortlessly.
What to expect?
Why now? Why not wait until you’ve gained more years of Project Management experience?Because later you are going to be involved in more projects and moving between different teams, which means you will come across all sorts of people that you will have to deal with, while being busy trying to deliver your projects’ objectives. If you’re still reading this, you know that NOW is the time.