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Also on Resilience at Milton Keynes, Norwich, Sothampton, Birmingham and Stoke
Peter Parkes running 1 day workshop in London
28th September 2010 ‘NLP for Project Management: making soft skills less hard’, APM Thames Valley Branch, Swindon
11th January 2011 ‘NLP for Project Management: making soft skills less hard’, APM East of England Branch, Marshalls, Cambridge
24th February 2011 ‘NLP for Project Management: making soft skills less hard’, APM North West Branch, Warrington
15th March 2011 ‘NLP for Project Management: making soft skills less hard’, BCS Project Management Group (Proms-G) PM Spring School, London (book via www.BCS.org)
16th March 2011 ‘Integrated Assurance’, APM Scottish Conference, Edinburgh (book via www.apm.org)
22nd March 2011 ‘NLP for Project Management: improving communications in complex projects’ for the BCS Project Management Group (Proms-G) PM Spring School, London (book via www.BCS.org)
31st March 2011 ‘NLP for Project Management: making soft skills less hard’, APM Dragons Den, Aberdeen (book via www.apm.org)
18th May 2011 ‘NLP for Project Management: making soft skills less hard’, APM Scotland AGM, Glasgow (book via www.apm.org)
1st June 2011 ‘NLP for Project Management: making soft skills less hard’, APM Wales, Newport (book via www.apm.org)
9th June 2011 ‘NLP for Project Management: making soft skills less hard’, APM Midlands, Milton Keynes courtesy of Santander
14th June 2011 ‘NLP for Project Management: making soft skills less hard’, Earned Value Management Conference, London (book via www.SWProjects.co.uk)
16th June 2011 ‘Re-thinking project leadership’, Women in Project Management Annual Conference, London (book via www.apm.org)
28th June 2011 ‘NLP for Project Management: making soft skills less hard’, Bovis Lend-Lease, APM London (book via www.apm.org)
12th September 2011 ‘NLP for Project Management’, PMI hosted by Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry
5th October 2011 speaking on ‘NLP for Project Management’ at the ‘Achieving Excellence conference, Hilton Stansted, hosted by Enable East (an NHS Trust)
12th October 2011 ‘NLP for people new to project management’, APM Inspire, hosted by Thales, Crawley (book via www.apm.org.uk/events)
9th November, Netherlands via www.oppidum.nl/nlp
17th November 2011 ‘NLP for Project Leadership’, BCS London (Book via www.bcs.org.uk)
24 November 2011′Making it happen! The People Skills every Project Manager should have – Managing Conflict, Motivation and Change’, Pharmaceutical Industry Project Management Group, Eisai Knowledge centre, Hatfield
20th February 2012, NLP4PM 1 day workshop, Berlin
22nd February 2012, NLP4PM 1 day workshop, Westminster, London
24th February 2012, NLP4PM 1 day workshop, Prague
27th February 2012 at the Masters for the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham
13th March on Stakeholder Management at BCS Spring School for Project Managers in London
29th March 2012 ‘NLP for resilience and stress management in projects’, IoD / APM courtesy of Santander, Milton Keynes (Book via apm events)
24th April 2012 ‘Building resilience and managing stress management‘, Leeds Metropolitan University (Book via apm events)
26th April on Stakeholder Management at the PMO SIG annual conference, Coventry
29th May on Governance and Sponsorship to a joint AIPM / PMI event in Perth, Australia
30th May on Lessons in Governance and Role of the Sponsor to the PM Masters programme at Curtin Univeristy, Perth, Australia
12th June 2012 to the PM Masters programme at Manchester Business School
13th June 2012, ‘The compleat Project Manager’, for PMI at York University
29th June 2012, ‘NLP for Project Managers’, joint BCS / PMI event in Zurich
3rd July 2012 ’Building resilience and managing stress’‘, APM East of England at Norwich (Book via www.apm.org.uk/events)
10th July 2012 ’Building resilience and managing stress”, Southampton (book via apm events)
12th July 2012 ’Building resilience and managing stress‘, for the People SIG at Birmingham University (book via apm events)
4th October 2012 ’Building resilience and managing stress’, for Midlands Branch in Stoke (book via apm events)
22nd October 2012 ‘Stakeholder Management: hard tool and soft skills’, at the BCS Autumn School for Project Managers, Bristol
12th December 2012 ‘Stakeholder Management: Hard tools and soft skills’, Northampton (book via BCS)
22nd January 2013 Webinar – ‘NLP for PM: A tool for developing behavioural competences’ (book via apm events)
13th February 2013 Peak Performance announce tie up with Milton Keynes College to deliver Higher Apprentices for Project Management and launch at Institute of Directors event – see write-up here.
11th April 2013 ‘NLP for Project Managers’ for ITMPI New webinar taking bookings in the USA (book here)
25th April 2013 ‘Building resilience and management stress’ at the Police firearms training centre in Stockton for the APM – book here.
25th July 2013 ‘Developing the profession and professional development’ on PM competence and capability for the Nuclear Engineering Task Force hosted by CH2MHill in London
25th September 2013 ‘How to make all your projects succeed’ for Canadian National’s PM forum in Montreal
10th October 2013 ‘NLP for Project Management: developing behavioural competences’ 1 day course in partnership with the APM in London – book here
24th October 2013 ‘Governance of Government’ on governance of project management and management of portfolios hosted by Ipswich council for the APM – book here
26th October 2013 Keynote address ‘Learn to fail or fail to learn’ for the Potential Plus UK in Leamington Spa
30th October 2013 ‘Behavioural competences for PM’ at the Project Management Student Conference conference hosted by University of Westminster Business School.
Testimonials and Endorsements
Method and process are important in project management, but knowing how to use them is even more so. Most project managers can increase their effectiveness most by developing their soft skills, recognising that finesse can be more effective than brute force. Once developed, they will find that their skills are much more transferable across not only project types, but whole industry sectors. This book showing the application of tools like NLP to develop competences will help you on that journey and will certainly whet your appetite for more. Peter’s lively style is compelling and benefits from his imaginative use of appropriate quotations and personal anecdotes. For me this book throws light on a major component of our journey towards greater professionalism in project management.
Consistent feedback when we released early drafts of PRINCE2 was the need to describe those vital behavioural competences (or soft skills) that project managers require for successful project delivery. But it is not the remit of PRINCE2 to describe such skills as PRINCE2 is just a method, so we took the approach of sign-posting the additional competences that those involved in projects require. At last there is now a book that describes those skills, and more importantly in a way that puts them in context of project management. This book provides practical and easy to follow guidance on how to apply NLP techniques to a Project Manager’s every day work. I recommend every Project Manager reads this book (in addition to PRINCE2!)
Even in IT projects, soft skills are very important and Peter, a well respected author and speaker, has shared his insight on this resulting in an extremely useful guide on behavioural competences.
One of the main reasons for projects of all sizes failing to deliver is the project manager’s lack of soft skills for managing people. In this book Peter helps you to develop the skills in dealing with team members and stakeholders that are essential to be a successful project manager.
‘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…’
I first spoke with Peter about three years ago about the need to develop self awareness and soft skills in project managers in order for them to become better leaders, and I was impressed with Peter’s application of NLP at the time. It appears that this conversation seeded a book, and an excellent one too. Well done!
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.
Projects are delivered by people, success is getting teams of people to work together for a common goal. Project processes, tools and techniques help in delivery, but they are used by people. There are many texts on the process used in project management and they are relatively straightforward to understand and learn, people are more complex. This book on the people side of project management provides structure to help you as a project manager, and the teams around you, deliver successful projects. Peter has made this subject an enjoyable read bought to life with practical illustrations from his own extensive project management career. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to project professionals whether starting out on their career, or those with more experience seeking to constantly improve their performance.
Effective Programme and Project management is about more than methodology. This book helps you to reflect on the skills and behaviours you use day to day and offers helpful routes for improved results and development as a PPM professional.
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. All too often the fact it’s people that deliver projects is forgotten, something not lost on this book which should be applauded.