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About the course
Create productive teams, defuse conflict, get quicker buy-in and use effective delegation to move projects forward
This course focuses on people skills rather than a methodology such as PRINCE.
It's an opportunity for you to look at the way you handle and manage the people in your projects.
Your project will live or die by the dedication of those involved in running it.
So our primary focus is on getting the best out of all those involved - including you.
- Understand the People
- Process & the Manager
- Involving People in Your Project
- Defining Exciting Project Outcomes
- Generating Ideas
- Motivating the Team
- Communication as Management Tool
- Practical Tools and Techniques
- Giving Effective Feedback
- When Things are Going Well
- When They're Not
- Moving Projects On
This project management course is tailored to reflect the needs of the delegates.
We will include many of the exercises listed below and any additional material that the trainers feel is relevant on the day.
The Project Manager
We start by looking at you as a project manager.
What do you already have?
What do you need to support you in getting the most out of the project and your team?
Sometimes it might be less about what you know and more about who you know!
We look at the soft skills needed to set objectives, implement and complete a project.
The first step in managing any project is to decide what the outcome should be.
Then we can look at how to achieve it.
A project will have a desirable business outcome, but what about the people involved, including you?
Looking at what personal benefits you and others want from the project will help you motivate the whole team to deliver.
We take a look at how to facilitate discussions. You'll learn how to open up and generate ideas that will take the project forward, before closing down the options and making decisions.
Who, what and why
We'll take a look at who you need to rope into your team to get the outcome you want.
We'll talk about the roles they play and how to get buy-in from them, especially when they are not under your direct control.
What is the nature of commitment and how do you get it from people?
Getting the Message Out
We have some tips and techniques you can use once your project management plans are in place, to help you communicate effectively with those that need to know, upwards, downwards and sideways!
Keeping control of the project
When the project is in full flow you want to look and feel like you are in control.
We'll take a look at how you can achieve good project management with some simple exercises to help to keep you in the driving seat.
Delegation can be a double-edged sword.
You get to pass on jobs to other people, but how do you build the trusting relationships that give you peace of mind, knowing the job will be done (almost!) as well as you would have done it yourself?
The best-laid plans of mice and men...
So your plans were great but things aren't quite working out that way you thought.
We have some great tools and techniques to help you deal with people who haven't delivered and let others know that things aren't going to plan.
These can be used in a way that still comes across as professional and in control.
We have a great process for getting stuck projects unstuck so that you can move closer to your ideal outcome.
It is a process that looks at the issues from different angles, encourages creativity in thinking up solutions and ends with a commitment to moving things on.
The final exercise of the day.
Delegates will be asked to acknowledge what it is that they do well and will get feedback from their colleagues on what works about them.
Creation of an individual plan of action identifying your personal take-outs, what you will practise and areas for development.
You will identify what will stop you putting the plan into practice and what support you will need going forward.
We will give out Impact Factory documents to support the course.
You'll get copies of relevant handouts to remind you of the coursework.
Two weeks after the course, one of your trainers will call to see how you are getting on.
You will have email and telephone access to both of your trainers.
You'll also have access to a course web page containing
- Handouts used during the course
- New support material
- Impact Factory PDF documents
- Recommended reading
- Links to our favourite videos
Trust the experts
Janet - MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology- is a development professional specialising in behaviour and communication skills for all levels. Working in groups or in 1:1 coaching, her approach is to raise awareness of thinking & behaviour patterns and their impact; identify and man...
Nick Clark Windo
Nick works at the intersection of communication, creativity and business. As a Senior Consultant at Impact Factory, Nick has worked with all manner of clients, ranging from financial organisations like ING, Schroders and Permal, to creative companies such as DigitasLBi and Bossa Studios. He has...
From political speech writing to stand-up comedy, from marketing to project management, from strategic planning to coaching, from a degree in Sociology to a diploma in public relations Sarah has packed a lot into her life already. Originally from Canada, Sarah has lived in the UK since 2009, ...
Project Management Course