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Pages: 242

Language: English

Publisher: BCS (11 Mar. 2011)

By: Peter Parkes(Author)

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Method and process are important in project management, but knowing how to use them is even more so. As a project manager you can increase your effectiveness most by developing your soft skills, recognising that finesse can be more effective than force. Once developed, you will find that these skills are transferable across project types and whole industry sectors. This book illustrates the application of NLP to develop competencies, hence better equipping you to communicate across cultures, reframe problems, manage stakeholder groups, resolve conflicts, motivate teams and become an even better leader.

"If all books placed as much importance on soft skills as this one then perhaps we might start to see a sea change in the way projects are managed." Chris Field PMP MBCS CITP, President PMI UK Chapter--Chris Field PMP MBCS CITP (02/04/2011)"To be effective, project managers must learn the language of the boardroom. Peter and this book will help you to do that." Neville Bain, Chairman of the Institute of Directors--Neville Bain (02/04/2011)"I recommend every Project Manager reads this book (in addition to PRINCE2!)"Andy Murray CDirLead author PRINCE2 2009 refresh;Director, Outperform--Andy Murray CDir (02/04/2011)"This is one of the first books to apply soft skills to the normally precise and potentially stressful world of project management. As such it meets a great challenge because project managers more than most workers relate to a large number of different people for a pre-determined duration; these relationships then end, and a fresh set of relationships then needs to be built at the start of the next project." Gordon HarrisFellow of the Chartered Management Institute"Mission accomplished"Philip Smelt RPP MAPMProject Magazine January 2012"If like me you're one of those project managers that likes to keep abreast of new techniques but perhaps are slightly sceptical of the less than 'hard' skills that seem to come and go as fads, then Peter Parkes' latest book is for you"Philip Smelt RPP MAPMProject Magazine January 2012To be effective, project managers must learn the language of the boardroom. Peter and this book will help you to do that.--Neville Bain "Institute of Directors "If all books placed as much importance on soft skills as this one then perhaps we might start to see a sea change in the way projects are managed.--Chris Field PMP MBCS CITPI recommend every project manager reads this book (in addition to PRINCE2!).--Andy Murray CDirMission accomplished.--Philip Smelt RPP MAPM "Project Magazine January 2012 "If like me you're one of those project managers that likes to keep abreast of new techniques but perhaps are slightly sceptical of the less than 'hard' skills that seem to come and go as fads, then Peter Parkes' latest book is for you.--Philip Smelt RPP MAPM "Project Magazine January 2012 "This is one of the first books to apply soft skills to the normally precise and potentially stressful world of project management. As such it meets a great challenge because project managers more than most workers relate to a large number of different people for a pre-determined duration; these relationships then end, and a fresh set of relationships then needs to be built at the start of the next project.--Gordon Harris "Chartered Management Institute "


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  • By SV on 30 June 2017

    Great book for anyone wishing to enhance their Project Management skills. Well written and interesting practical application of NLP skills by Dr Parkes. I wish I'd discovered this sooner...

  • By Marc Caramondanis on 25 May 2016

    I very much appreciated the candid personal insights of the author that have been included in this publication. He also raises some rhetorical questions, all of which provide very good food for thought.

  • By Guest on 30 September 2011

    NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) for Project Managers in its purest sense is a book for any project practitioner who wants to improve on their behavioural competencies in project management. In other words it is that area of development that often gets neglected or overlooked in favour of more technical aspects of project management like process and methods.If you have heard little about NLP yet been put off by the stories of manipulation or its just psycho babble, now is the time to take another look. The book takes a comprehensive look at areas such as communication and interaction with others - all vital parts of the project practitioner's working day.Peter's experience in project management coupled with expertise in NLP makes this book a directly relevant read for a practitioner. He covers the "science" part of NLP before going on to relate the NLP elements to everyday occurrences in the project management world.The book kicks off with the world of project management - a scene-setting chapter which is equally applicable to seasoned practitioners, as it serves as a reminder of the people aspects in projects, as well as those new to project management.The second chapter focuses on the world of NLP and starts to introduce the concepts - like presuppositions, meta-programs, representational systems and so on. There is a lot in this chapter that often requires a reread too, not because it is difficult to understand the concepts but rather there is a new "language" to learn. Maybe this was my approach to the book in that I wanted to ensure that I understood the terms and would want to recall them later (I should declare my interest in psychology here, having graduated some years ago in the subject, and NLP is very much about some psychological aspects of people). However, this book can be read without studying as Peter intersperses the concepts with his own personal stories and exercises.The third chapter brings the two worlds together - project management and NLP.There are so many great things in this chapter and I suspect it is a chapter that many practitioners will delve into time and time again. Take the area of time management, something all project practitioners have a real sense of. Wouldn't it be interesting to know how all your team members view time management? The meta-program for time looks at "through-time" and "in-time" and a simple visualisation exercise can quickly show you if you are more likely to be aware of deadlines and planning ahead and vice versa - a neat little exercise that would help not only your own work, but also give an indication of how your team views the world. The area of negotiation and persuasion, a top skill for any practitioner, and again dealing with conflict, motivating the team, listening skills, giving feedback, stress management... the list goes on. So many areas of a project manager's daily work life are here, with practical, clear tools, exercises and real life examples to making small changes that have a big impact. And that's the key to this book: its about taking one area at a time and trying it out in real life situations (having a go with friends and family first before rushing into the next project meeting!)The final part of the book gives a "week in the life of" a project manager using some of the NLP techniques. I think it's a nice touch to the book which really demonstrates that you don't really need to remember the names of the concepts or even remember the details of the concepts.My recommendation is that the second and third chapter should be read straight after each other without a break (there was a two-week period between me reading these chapters). Whilst Peter does layout the concepts again more briefly in the third chapter, I had to do a bit of back tracking just to make sure I understood the concept again!The target audience is very much the project practitioner and I think the book hits the mark perfectly. It has a good balance of theory and practical interpretation through models and tools which should appeal to a project practitioner.I would struggle to recommend another book that covers the tricky subject of how we become better at the people aspects of project management. I think the mark of any good book is that you find yourself recommending it when in conversation with others, which is what happened just the other day. A friend, who is currently working in a change management environment, was talking about interesting times in her organisation. It was the age-old problem of a few "trouble makers" who are showing resistance to change. I piped up that there are loads of examples and approaches you could take with NLP, and there's this book I'm reading...

  • By Tonkatoy on 10 October 2011

    This book grasped me straight away. The book lays a great foundation upon which to build and fully describes tools and techniques that would enable any leader to get the very best out of themselves and the team. For me, the book on it's own would not be enough, but having now completed 5 days of NLP4PM training with Peter Parkes, the book content has been taken to a different level. The techniques have come alive and their application is very clear, all I need to do now is practice. 5 days training based on the book has enabled me to significantly change my limiting beliefs but has also enabled me to understand how best to build rapport with people in a way that I would never have thought possible. I understand how the application of NLP techniques will change my approach to delivering very successful projects. In order to deliver even more successful projects, the change will start with myself. I would recommend the book and the course to everyone. A very enlightening experience and one that I will never forget.

  • By Paul Pants on 16 September 2011

    Having been to one of Peter's seminars, I decided to buy the book. I was looking for a way to enhance my Project Management approach by improving my soft skills. The book is full of advice, quotes and exercises, drawing on real life experience from both the Project Mgt and NLP worlds.I have got so into the techniques, I am reading the book of a second time. My map of the world is definitely changing. I feel more confident adapting my behaviour to influence situations and reduce stress.By using self awareness and continuous development techniques, this book has helped me become a more successful Project Manager and leader.

  • By whelasc on 14 September 2011

    Having selected to purchase the kindle version of this book I have found the limitations that this presents to this type of book which has a lot of diagrams. The diagrams are too small to read on the kindle and have to be read from a desktop machine. The content of the book itself does have interesting sections on NLP for all, in its description of meta - being peoples own worlds\views but I did find the PM content a little weak with descriptions on communication requirements but with the answers concentrating on NLP and if anything being confusing. If you are looking for a book on PM skills stay clear of this book, if you are looking for NLP techniques you will find useful nuggets in the book but be prepared to search for them.

  • By Michael Beale on 20 April 2012

    Peter has done a great job outlining 1) Project Management, 2) NLP 3) How NLP can enable a step change improvement when managing projects. However I think the book deserves a wider readership. Much of business today is about mananaging projects, and with it change. I'd recommend the book to any manager or director involved in change. Which I suspect is most of us.

  • By Sally Smedley on 28 September 2011

    I found the book very well structured in the way it combined the theory of NLP (at not too intense a level) with practical exercises and examples, and very well written. I thought that a PM who took it seriously and followed the book right through would develop some very good people skills, whether or not they decided to take it any further. The book is about the 'soft skills' of Project Management, which are so often ignored; indeed I would strongly recommend it to any Manager who recognises the need to work with and through people.

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