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on 26 December 2011
Mike believes that "in tough times, project management is not enough. People get scared and uncertain and need leadership to keep them working effectively".

While there is a book called Brilliant Project Management, its focus is primarily on project management basics. Brilliant Project Leader focuses more on the human side of project management recognizing that systems, processes and procedures and even to some extent methodologies, while essential, are not sufficient to deliver successful projects.

I found this book packed with leadership tools and insight that have clearly been proven in the real world and are clearly informed by research from various fields such as psychology, social science and our understanding of how the brain works.
The book provides essential leadership skills for each stage of the project which is something that I have find unique. Mike dedicates the last section to leadership skills in tough times. The tools and insights here will help project managers cut through the uncertainty and confusion that they often experience on complex and challenging projects.

Some of the highlights from the book:

* Mike's first rule of teams: You get the team you deserve
* The 4 essential components for leading project teams: The individual, the plan, the team, and the communication
* Three key leadership skills for the definition stage: Managing upward, stakeholder management, and negotiation
* The FARB Process for structuring arguments during negotiations
* The "Jiminy Cricket Effect" in securing commitment from project team members.
* The wrong way and the right way in dealing with requests for change
* Effective way to communicate bad news and setbacks
* Effective way of having the conversation about feedback with your project team members
* The structure of resistance
* The importance of timing to being an effective leader
* The Drama Triangle and leadership in tough times
* The SCOPE process: the Five step process for mentally taking control of bad situations

I highly recommend Brilliant Project Leader: What the best project leaders know do and say to get results every time.
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