Project Politics: Swimming with Sharks

Project Politics: Swimming with Sharks

Vijay Verma

Most project managers have enormous responsibility but limited authority. Successful project managers must understand the dynamics of power and politics and the importance of managing stakeholders through leadership and influence.

This project bite focuses on analyzing your political landscape to navigate organizational politics effectively. Project managers must analyze the political landscape in their organizations to identify three political positions (Naïves, Sharks, and Politically Sensibles).

In this project bite, you will understand the important keywords for positive and negative politics, identify three political positions, and increase your leadership effectiveness. You will learn how to stop being naïve, protect yourself from “sharks,” learn to be politically sensible, and convert your adversaries and opponents into allies. You will learn many practical tips to become politically sensible and create a climate of more collaboration, teamwork, synergy, commitment, and motivation for getting things done and leading people to their peak performance by using the art of positive politics and minimizing the negative impact of politics.

Vijay Verma - vkverma49@gmail.com

Vijay K. Verma, PMI Fellow, PMP, MBA, P.Eng, is an internationally known speaker, trainer and author with more than 40 years of experience in the area of Project Management. He has written the three-volume series originally published by PMI, which includes Organizing Projects for Success, Human Resource Skills for the Project Manager, and Managing the Project Team. After three successful books published by PMI, Mr. Verma wrote his 4th book “The Art of Positive Politics: A Key to Delivering Successful Projects” published in June 2018 by Multi-Media Publications Inc. He is working on his 5th book on “Leading with Purpose: Positive Power and Inspirational Influence” to be published in 2021. Mr. Verma received 2009 PMI Fellow Award, 1999 PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award, and the 1999 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award for significant contributions to the project management profession. Mr. Verma has presented several workshops on project management in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, China, and India with participants from a wide range of industries. His presentations have been attended by over 4000 professionals working in the area of Project Management and have helped enhance their skills and confidence in leadership, communication, influencing, managing politics, negotiating, managing conflicts, motivating stakeholders, , and creating high-performance teams in a cross-cultural, multi-generational, and virtual environments. Mr. Verma is currently an Emeritus and has worked for forty years in the area of Project Management at TRIUMF (TRI University Meson Facility), a federally funded Canada’s Particle Accelerator Center and Canadian National Research Laboratory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Here he has provided project management services for projects varying in size, complexity, and diversity.

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