FastRAMP™ to Managing Without Authority
(All sessions are 90 minutes long. Recordings will be available.)
Session 1 – November 5, 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern)
The Building Blocks of Power and Influence on Projects
Understand what's expected of a strong project manager, even without positional authority. Learn how to translate the things specific groups and people need from the project into requests and plans that are supported -- because they make sense, address people's needs and concerns, and are clearly in the project's best interest.
- Find out where power and influence actually originate and relate those roots to the project environment
- Learn the major "art and science" components that combine to yield meaningful power and influence. We'll discuss different influence techniques, the importance of understanding people's styles and worldviews, specific situational factors, and what aspects of project leadership will matter most.
- Figure out where you should focus. Where do your projects most need you to manage strongly despite lack of positional authority? What "art and science" aspects of power and influence need your attention?
- Develop an influencing framework: Step-by-step processes will help you influence a specific person for a specific need, speak up and collaborate effectively, properly employ concrete evidence, and move to agreement.
- Examples and discussion: Apply the power and influence building blocks to common project issues involving resources, stakeholders, commitment, and more.
Between-session application suggestion:You'll leave the first session with a worksheet and guidance for applying the building blocks to a current situation in your project environment.
Session 2 – November 7, 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern)
Strategies and Plans for Complex Situations and Long-Term Project Influence
In session 2, you'll learn how to apply the session 1 building blocks in more complex influence situations -- multi-person influence, cross-organization influence, and sensitive issues. Strengthen key relationships across the company over time, and use your growing cross-organizational influence to have greater input on major project issues and organizational challenges.
- Multi-faceted influence strategies and plans: Use the influence building blocks to address more complex issues where you must use influence to get cooperation, support, and buy-in from multiple people and groups.
- Longer-term organizational influence: Would you like to have more say in areas such as project process improvement, portfolio management, resource allocation, or other cross-organization concerns? Generate a big-picture view of your current organizational influence, and identify where you'd like to grow.
- Examples and Discussion: Pull everything together by applying the building blocks, situation assessments, influence strategies, and plans to more managing-without-authority challenges.
- Personal action planning: Chart the concrete steps you can take immediately for near-term project issues and longer-term influence growth, using this simple approach.
Personal Toolkit: This isn't just theory. You'll leave this FastRamp with an editable collection of the core tools covered in each session, plus additional deep-dive resources to help you focus on areas of personal interest. You'll have a re-usable framework and a personalized collection of tools and techniques for support you as you execute your action plan.