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Episode 495: Power Skills for Exceptional Project Performance (Free)

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In this enlightening episode of The PM Podcast, Cornelius Fichtner sits down with esteemed guest Neal Whitten, a renowned leadership and project management expert, to delve into the transformative concept of power skills in project management. Neal, with his vast experience and as the author of "Power Skills That Lead to Exceptional Performance," brings to light the essential skills that go beyond technical knowledge, enabling project managers to excel in their roles.

Throughout the episode, they explore how these skills—ranging from emotional intelligence to strategic thinking—play a pivotal role in navigating the complexities of project management and leading teams to success. Neal shares compelling insights and personal anecdotes, illustrating the profound impact of power skills on achieving exceptional project performance. Listeners are treated to a masterclass on enhancing their project management approach, with actionable strategies for developing these critical competencies.

In This Episode, You Will Learn

  • The Essence of Power Skills: An overview of what power skills are and their significance in elevating project management beyond the conventional focus on technical abilities.
  • Strategic Application of Power Skills: Insights on how to effectively apply power skills like bold decision-making, effective communication, and emotional intelligence to enhance team dynamics and project outcomes.
  • Practical Tips for Skill Development: Neal offers practical advice and examples on cultivating these skills within oneself and among team members, thereby fostering a culture of excellence and innovation in project management.

Quotes from This Episode

  • "Managing daily to your top three priorities is the key to not just surviving, but thriving." - Neal Whitten
  • "Power skills are the hidden drivers of project management excellence." - Neal Whitten
  • "Embrace boldness and courage; they are your allies in navigating project challenges." - Neal Whitten
  • "The mastery of power skills can transform good project managers into great ones." - Neal Whitten

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Time-Stamped Show Notes

  1. [00:00] - Introduction to the episode and overview of power skills in project management.
  2. [05:00] - Neal Whitten's journey and the inspiration behind his book on power skills.
  3. [15:30] - Discussion on the key power skills every project manager should develop.
  4. [25:00] - Practical advice from Neal on incorporating power skills into daily project management practice.
  5. [35:00] - How to cultivate a project management culture that values and develops power skills.
  6. [45:00] - Neal answers listener questions and shares final thoughts on power skills and their impact on project performance.

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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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