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The Influential Project Manager
Winning Over Team Members and Stakeholders

ISBN 9781466596337
Published July 25, 2014 by Auerbach Publications
219 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

If you want to be a successful project manager, you need to become a person of influence. Without influence, there can be no success as a project manager. And, although all key success criteria point to the importance of developing soft skills as a project manager, few books exist about how to develop the power of influence for achieving better project and business results.

Filling this need, The Influential Project Manager: Winning Over Team Members and Stakeholders supplies detailed guidance on how to improve your influence skills to achieve better business results. It explains how to set and meet ambitious goals for you, your team, and your stakeholders.

The book describes how to listen actively to influence others and details how you can build partnerships that can pay dividends for a lifetime. Each chapter highlights real-world scenarios about a particular subject linked to the influencing skill being covered. Each chapter also includes practical forms, templates, helpful tips, and best practices to help you develop and refine your skills of influence.

  • Details the ten keys to influencing others to support you and your ideas
  • Outlines techniques for improving your listening skills
  • Includes a trust assessment for determining your level of influence and if others see you as trustworthy
  • Demonstrates how to build a network of informal alliances to achieve success

Supplying you with the vision of influence from an experienced project manager’s perspective, this book will help you procure the informal power required to become a successful influencer. After reading the text and performing the trust assessment, you will gain the understanding required to lead project members down the path to project success.

Table of Contents

Part I: Training a Better Horse

Ten Keys to Influence
Persuasive Conversations
     Situation Review
     So, What’s in It for Me?
     Your Idea 
     Overcome Objections and Obstacles: The Art of Persuasion 
     Next Steps
Emotional Flow
Classic Mistakes
Influence Assessment

Practice Active Listening
Practice Active Listening 
     Open and Purposeful Questions 
Active Listening: A Case Study
Active Listening Assessment

Develop Trust
Sharing Common Values
Risk and Opportunity
     What We Say and What We Mean 
     What We Say and What Is Heard 
     My Interests and Your Interests 
     My Background and Your Background
Trust Assessment

Practice Your Integrity
Integrity Is Needed to Succeed as a Project Manager
Integrity Is an Inside Job
How to Measure Your Integrity
Become a Person of Integrity
Importance of Integrity
Project Management Integrity
Influence Checklist

Influence to Win
Achieving a Win–Win Discussion 
     Focus on Interests 
     Offer Options 
     Craft a Story 
     Agree in Public, Argue in Private
The Winners
Why Do Winning Streaks End?
How to Break Out and Master a Turnaround
Winning Checklist

Practice Your Generosity
Customized Generosity
Earned Generosity
Measured Generosity
Requested Help
Five Characteristics of the Generous Project Manager
     Ability to Lead
Philosophy and Principles of Generosity
Generosity Assessment

Understanding People
Why People Fail to Understand Others 
     Not Appreciating Differences
     Not Acknowledging Similarities
How Do People React to Your Style?
Some Things Everybody Needs to Understand about People 
     Everybody Wants to Be Somebody 
     Nobody Cares How Much You Know until He or She Knows How Much You Care 
     Everybody Needs Somebody 
     Everybody Can Be Somebody 
     Anybody Who Helps Somebody Influences a Lot of People 
The Ability to Understand People 
     The Other Person’s Perspective 
     Personal Empathy 
     Positive Attitude about People
Projecting Warmth
Projecting Strength
Understanding People Checklist

Develop Commitment
The Hook 
     Personal Introductions
     The Teaser 
     Ask for Advice
Making Commitment a Two-Way Street
Using Territory Well
Building a Tribe: Belonging, Meaning, and Recognition
     Belonging and Meaning 
Gaining Commitment by Giving Control
Public Commitment, Private Challenge 
     Manage Conflict in Private
     Publicize Agreements
Commitment Assessment

Cultivate Your Informal Power
The Power of the Informal
Four Ways to Build Your Informal Power in a Project
Project Manager Feelings
Informal Power
How to Increase Your Informal Power as a Project Manager
Power Assessment

Understand How to Convert Your Project Vision into Reality
The IRM (Idea, Resources, and Money) Principle 
     The Idea 
     Human Resources 
Have a Plan B
Crisis and Opportunities
Vision Assessment

Part II: Sell Your Horse

Develop and Sustain Your Influence
The Selling Model
The Right Assignment
     Having the Right Experience 
     Being Successful 
     Enjoy What You Do
Taking over a New Team or Role
     Having an Idea
     Having the Money 
Influencing Decisions
     Only Fight When There Is a Prize Worth Fighting For 
     Only Fight When You Know That You Will Win
     Only Fight When There Is No Other Way of Achieving Your Goals
Getting Buy-In and Making It Happen

Part III: Ride Your Horse

The Myths of Influencing
Mistakes and Myths
Main Mistakes 
     Lack of Trust
The Influence Myths 
     Myth 1 
     Myth 2
     Myth 3
     Myth 4
Monitor and Control Your Horse

Summary and Conclusions


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Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI Fellow, is the founder and managing partner of BUCERO PM Consulting ( He managed IIL Spain for almost two years, and he was a senior project manager at Hewlett-Packard Spain (Madrid Office) for more than thirteen years.

Bucero is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), ALI (Asociación de Licenciados, Ingenieros y Doctores en Informática) and AEIPRO (IPMA member). Bucero was the founder, sponsor, and president of PMI Barcelona, Spain Chapter, and he is an IPMA Assessor. He was a member of the Congress Project Action Team of PMI EMEA’s Congresses in Edinburgh (2005), Madrid (2006), and Budapest (2007). He graduated from PMI’s Leadership Institute Master Class 2007 in Atlanta at the PMI NA Global Congress. He was president of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter for two years and has served as Component Mentor for Region 8 Southwest since 2011. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in 2010 for his long and varied body of work, and the PMI Fellow Award in 2011 from the PMI for his sustained contribution to the development of the profession internationally.

Bucero has a computer science engineering degree from Universidad Politecnica (Madrid), and is a PhD candidate in project management at the University of Mondragon in Spain. He has 31 years of practical experience and 25 of them in project management worldwide. He has managed and consulted on projects in various countries across Europe.

Since 1992, Bucero has been a frequent speaker at international PMI Congresses, IPMA Congresses, and PMI SeminarsWorld. He has been a keynote speaker in several congresses worldwide. He delivers project management training and consulting services in several countries worldwide. As a "project management believer," he defends passion, persistence, and patience as vital keys for project success.

Bucero has been a professor for MEDIP (Master in Construction and Project Management) at the Universidad Politecnica since 2004, and he is a professor and executive consultant for the Marketing & Finance Business School in Bilbao (Spain).

He authored the book Dirección de Proyectos, Una Nueva Vision published by LITO GRAPO Editors (2003). He contributed a chapter to Creating the Project Office published by Jossey-Bass (2004), authored by Randall L. Englund, Robert J. Graham, and Paul Dinsmore. Bucero coauthored with Randall L. Englund the book Project Sponsorship published by Jossey-Bass (2006). He authored the book Today Is a Good Day: Attitudes for Achieving Project Success, published by Multimedia Publishing in Canada (2010). Bucero contributed the chapter "From Commander to Sponsor: Building Executive Support for Project Success" in the book Advising Upwards (2011) authored by Lynda Bourne in Australia. He also contributed a chapter to the book Project Management circa 2025 written by Dr. David I. Cleland and Dr. Bopaya Bidanda in 2010.

Bucero also coauthored with Randall L. Englund the books The Complete Project Manager and The Complete Project Manager Toolkit published by Management Concepts on March 2012, and published a new version from his book Dirección de Proyectos, Una Nueva Vision, and the book Hoy es un buen día (Spanish translation of Today Is a Good Day). He has also contributed to professional magazines in the United States, Russia (SOVNET), India (ICFAI), Argentina, and Spain. Bucero was a contributing editor for six years for the "Crossing Borders" column of PM Network magazine, published by the PMI. He is a monthly contributor for Project Connections Blog, and published several project management articles in other magazines.