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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
To be effective, project managers must learn the language of the boardroom. Peter and this book will help you to do that.
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.
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!)
International Project Management constitutes a complex world within which there are uncertainties and diverse stakeholder challenges. Peter’s book is not only informative but, through consideration of NLP tools and techniques, provides us with a deeper insight and much needed guidance in developing flexible solutions to complexities found in managing international projects effectively. I look forward to him talking to our students about it’
Project failures, whether in terms of delivery or benefits realisation, continue to grab the headlines and there is a widely held perception that the project management profession does not learn from its mistakes. Methodologies and processes are clearly part of the answer, but we also need to address the people dimension of project and programme management, and this means looking beyond traditional approaches premised on the rational economic man paradigm of incentives and sanctions. Let’s be clear, there is nothing wrong with such approaches, apart from the fact they don’t work! They may be necessary, but are rarely sufficient – the difference that makes the difference is to apply approaches that engage people in terms that tap into their creativity and desire to contribute to a worthwhile cause. This is where NLP, and this book in particular, is key. Read it, apply it and not only will it make you a more effective project manager, it will also ensure the projects you are engaged in are more successful.
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.
Peter has done a great job outlining 1) Project Management, 2) NLP, and 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 managing 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.
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!
(Project) Management is a combination of toolset and mindset. Currently the PM toolset box is overflowing and cluttered. It needs a good cleanout. On the other hand the PM mindset box is alarmingly empty except for some snake oil. The way ahead is a combination of mindset and toolset and we’ve done toolset to death. The articulation of an idea which works elsewhere and needed explaining in our language is therefore to be welcomed with open arms (and minds).
In this book Peter Parkes focuses on an increasingly valued aspect of project management. Soft skills have always underlain excellent project management performance, but the underlying concepts and techniques have not been clearly expressed. Peter has now demonstrated how NLP can help many of us, in a most helpful and engaging way. The benefits of applying, rather than just reading, his approach will become apparent to those concerned with supporting individual projects as to those governing major portfolios of programmes and projects. Knowing the depth of knowledge and experience on which this book is based I have no hesitation in recommending it.