Positive Politics for Project Managers

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a project manager is not to play politics. Let this audio course show you how to ethically use politics in the workplace, and how those politics impact the success of your project. Your team needs you to wield your power – in the right way.

Politics are necessary, but they are not necessarily evil. If you think you can ignore politics and be successful, you are wrong. Politics at work are a fact of life so why would think that you can just ignore them? A successful leader is a good politician, project managers are leaders therefore project managers are politicians too. One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a project manager is not to play politics.

Now, look at the phrase, play politics.  It does not have to be full of irony. Play indicates a good time. The wordplay has happy and positive connotations. That is why you should consider the power of positive politics. You can have fun while playing politics, you can enjoy the discussions, the networking and relationships, the negotiating, and the trade-offs. But politics is about power and “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Lack of power corrupts too If you do not have power then you cannot stand up for what is right. If you cannot stand up for what is right, you have no voice and, in a sense, you are giving permission to those who use power inappropriately to continue using power inappropriately Positive politics is power used ethically. Don’t skip politics, play positive politics. Use your power for good Your team needs you to wield your power in order to help them overcome the obstacles they face while they work. It is wrong for you to sit back and let your time get pushed around simply because you refuse to play politics

This audio course is for project managers who are looking to fine-tune leadership skills, specifically seeking to understand politics in the workplace and how those politics impact your project success.

What will you learn in this course?

  • Understand what politics has to do with project management
  • Make a commitment to become a project politician
  • Understand the key networks you need to build
  • Successfully leverage, power, influence, and currencies
  • Create your political plan
  • Implement your political plan

Course Information

Estimated Time: 90 minutes


Course Instructor

Margaret Meloni Margaret Meloni Instructor

Margaret is pmStudent community leader. Her background in IT Project Management and PMO Leadership; enables Margaret to understand that managing projects can be difficult. This is why her goal is to provide her community with knowledge and skills that can be used on the job RIGHT NOW! Her wish is to see her students take on tough projects and emerge as strong and sought-after project managers. Margaret is a dynamic teacher, who uses her real-life lessons learned combined with inspiration, common sense, and a dash of humor to create students who successfully navigate the human side of the project world. Margaret Meloni holds an M.B.A. from California State University, Long Beach. And a PhD in Religious Studies from University of the West. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Positive Politices

1 year of access

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