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Episode 493: The Power of Soft Skills in Project Management (Free)

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In today's conversation, we are delving into one particular area of project management – mastering the essential soft skills. Soft skills, often dubbed as 'power skills,' form the backbone of project management, shaping the culture, ethics, motivation, and creativity in a team. As the world of project management continues to evolve, the emphasis on these skills has grown significantly. Yet, despite their importance, they often remain underappreciated and underdeveloped.

So we aim to change that narrative by uncovering the essential role of soft skills in project management with Michaela Flick, a seasoned project manager, trainer, and author. Together with her husband Mathias Flick, she wrote the book Understanding Practical Project Management and our interview is based on chapter 8. We’ll provide insights into how mastering soft skills can unlock a team's potential, foster creativity, and ultimately lead to the successful completion of projects.

About the book:

Good project management sets standards and ensures that all project participants speak the same language. In this book you will also learn the reasons behind the specific steps taken in the project and how to contribute to making projects a success. It takes you on a journey through all areas of classical, traditional project management and provides insights into agile and hybrid PM. Graphics and comprehensible examples from everyday project work help develop a basic understanding. This book includes interviews with experienced project managers such as Arie van Bennekum, Peter B. Taylor, Petra Berleb or Tobias Rohrbach and an extensive glossary with the most important technical terms. Content: - The five standard phases from DIN 69901: initialization, definition, planning, control, and completion. - Agile methods and hybrid process models - Which soft skills are important The digital and free addition to your book on myBook+: - Read e-book directly online in the browser - Personal specialist library with your books

This episode was recorded as a live stream on Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM, is the host and the author at The Project Management Podcast. He has welcomed hundreds of guests and project management experts to the podcast and has helped over 60,0000 students prepare for their PMP® Exam. He has authored dozens of articles on and PM World 360. He speaks at conferences around the world about project management, agile methodology, PMOs, and Project Business. Follow him on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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