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Power, Influence and Politics

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The more power you have, the better you are able to get the job done. Ignoring the external and internal politics surrounding your project can be hazardous.

Most project managers have enormous responsibility but not enough formal authority. Successful project managers understand the need to evaluate power and political dynamics and the importance of managing stakeholders through leadership and influence. Analyze the political landscape in your organizations and learn how to convert your adversaries into your allies. Uncover ways to manage politics at the project and upper management levels.

In this highly-interactive workshop, you'll evaluate, improve, and discover methods for increasing your total power while learning practical guidelines for successfully influencing without formal authority and increasing your leadership effectiveness by using the art of positive politics. You will learn many practical tips to create a climate of more collaboration, teamwork, synergy, commitment and motivation for getting things done and leading people to their peak performance.

Learning Objectives

Using small group activities, skill practices, case studies, lectures, diagnostic questionnaires and facilitated group discussions, participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Recognize the importance of human factors in Project Management.
  • Identify eight sources of power and evaluate your own power level.
  • Develop strategies to increase your total power.
  • Recognize the importance and dynamics of politics in project management.
  • Identify political behaviors of project stakeholders.
  • Analyze the political landscape in your organization.
  • Develop strategies to convert your adversaries and opponents into your allies.
  • Manage power and politics at the project level and at the upper management level.


Who Should Attend

This seminar is appropriate for anyone — at all experience levels — who needs to lead projects, manage stakeholders, build relationships, negotiate successfully and work with others to achieve results while minimizing unwanted surprises.


There is no prerequisite for this course.


You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, case studies, exercises, and suggested solutions.

What You Will Learn

  • Power and Influence: Eight sources of power; formal/informal power; characteristics and outcomes of power; project manager and power; evaluate your power level, and develop strategies to increase your total power.
  • Politics in Project Management: Importance and dynamics of politics; reasons of politics; analysis of political behaviors of project stakeholders and political landscape in your organization; strategies to convert your adversaries and opponents into your allies; and managing politics at the project level and at the upper management level.
  • Project Leadership: Leader versus manager; leadership and the project life cycle.

course info

Course ID: 1808
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 2 days

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 0 13 1
PgMP 0 13 1
PfMP 0 13 1
PMI-ACP 0 13 1
PMI-SP 0 13 1
PMI-RMP 0 13 1
PMI-PBA 0 13 1

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 14CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 2 RU
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 14 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 14 Learning Credits