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Soft Power for Success

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Soft power is the ability to get people to work with you by attracting them to be part of what you stand for; rather than to coerce, force or pay them. This can work for project managers too. Soft power is a political concept developed by Joseph Nye of Harvard University. For Nye, power is the ability to influence the behaviour of others to get the outcomes you want.

Starting the Project With Both Feet on the Ground

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When the call to start a new project comes, we're often excited, nervous, skeptical, and ambitious all at the same time. Excited to show what I can do with a new project from beginning to end. Why? Many times we get charged with taking over someone else's mess. Or restarting an old project that had paused for a few months. So we have a new project. Now what do we do with it to ensure that we start with both feet on the ground?

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Introduction to Project Management
This introduction to project management is a good starting point for anyone new to project management or considering a career as a project manager.

Project Planning a Step by Step Guide
The key to a successful project is in the planning. Creating a project plan is the first thing you should do when undertaking any kind of project.

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