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It's So NOT About Authority: Critical Influence Skills for PMs

Cinda Voegtli
Presented by Cinda Voegtli,
Founder & President of ProjectConnections
90-minute session
MP3 download
65mb .zip
1.5 Category A PDUs

You don't need a title to make a difference!

Influence, clinically defined, is your power to affect the behaviors, opinions, and actions of others. This session brings that definition to life in the project setting by showing how much project and organizational power a project manager can have without any direct authority at all.

In this 90-minute session, ProjectConnections founder Cinda Voegtli explains how to identify your current influence shortfalls and do something about them fast. The art of genuine, well-meaning influence can be unexpectedly fun and liberating for people in the challenging role of project manager, no matter what your actual title is or where you are in the organizational chart. In the end, it's so not about authority!

What You'll Learn:
What powerful influence looks like in the project setting
  • The project manager's necessary span of impact
  • What it means to have your rightful seat at the table
How the most impactful project managers build and exercise their influence
  • Critical sources of credibility in the project setting
  • The business, project, and people insights that matter the most
  • The communication skills that result in the highest level of influence
  • How influential PMs act every day
What the best project managers can achieve, even though they have no direct authority
  • Driving successful closure on major project deadlines, issues, changes, and decisions, despite scarce resources, competing priorities, and constant change
  • Strongly impacting organizational processes and decisions for the good of your project, no matter where in the organization you report
How to build and utilize your influence every day
  • Creating a plan: Steps for identifying shortfalls and quickly building influence in those areas
  • Take-away resources for personal use: Understand your stakeholders; clarify the needs and motivations of every person on your team; speak up powerfully in a way that gets executives to listen and act; get faster decisions on major project issues; and make your role relevant and valuable to all groups

Included in this download:
  • 90-minute webinar recording
  • Downloadable resources for applying the tips and lessons from the session — 5 templates and related papers
  • Instructions for claiming 1.5 Category A (formerly Category 3) PDUs.

About the Presenter
Cinda Voegtli
Cinda Voegtli – Founder & President of ProjectConnections

Cinda has 20+ years of development and management experience in companies of different sizes, cultures, and radically different project environments, with years of line experience before and after falling into project management along the way. She has held senior management positions managing up to $50 million project budgets, and consulted on project and portfolio processes at corporations such as Lam Research, Nellcor, and Mobil Corporation. In her writing and speaking, Cinda brings frank and practical advice from years in the trenches in various executive, manager, and team member seats at the table, to help individuals and organizations be effective and successful at their business-critical projects.

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