NEW! The Wonderful World of Power Skills: Achieving Exceptional Performance with Neal Whitten

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to:

  • Identify Power Skills that can take your performance to a higher level.
  • Think and act effectively for success.
  • Build a Power Skills foundation for an organization that can result in continuously and holistically evolving.


This training identifies the most important Power Skills to master on projects and in the workplace to promote accountability and to learn how to think and act to achieve the success you most desire. These Power Skills have been identified and validated from years of working with thousands of project managers, managers, and team members. Your personal limitations at work and across your life are directly impacted by your willingness and tenacity to deliberately embrace and execute these Power Skills.

But this training does far more. It describes Power Skills that, if taught and nurtured to all employees of an organization or company, can result in the organization continuously and holistically evolving. Adopting these Power Skills can lead to exceptional performance both for individuals and for their organizations.

This training is for leaders, those who aspire to be leaders, and all employees who desire to take their performance to a higher level. The Power Skills include those that are day-to-day foundational, for team building, and for interacting with your leaders.

The Power Skills discussed include manage daily to your top three priorities, break the rules occasionally, never avoid necessary confrontation, think for yourself, routinely practice boldness and courage, make decisions as if you own the business, be a good actor, and so much more. Implementing some of these Power Skills may initially cause your palms to sweat and your heart to race. But, over time, these Power Skills can become second nature and define who you choose to be.

Neal welcomes you to come along for a potentially transformative and game-changing ride in your personal pursuit of success. This class is likely one of the most valuable training investments you can make in YOU. Bold statement? Judge for yourself! It may very well be the accountability, inspiration, and encouragement you have been looking for. Don’t be surprised if this training has the effect of changing your life trajectory. This stuff really works!




  • Introduction

    • What are Power Skills?
    • What does exceptional performance look like for an individual?
    • What does exceptional performance look like for an organization?
    • What’s in it for you?

    Foundational Power Skills (24)

    • Manage daily to your top three priorities
    • Break the rules occasionally
    • Never avoid necessary confrontation
    • Think for yourself
    • Routinely practice boldness and courage
    • Make decisions as if you own the business
    • Live in your present moments
    • Don’t make it personal or take it personally
    • Evaluate yourself daily
    • Be a good actor
    • Exercise: Self-assessment questionnaire
    • Exercise: Deciding top three Power Skills to focus upon
    • Exercise: Creating a Performance Improvement Plan
  • Power Skills for a team (shared values) (15)

    • Demonstrate personal initiative
    • Be reliable
    • Be proactive
    • Focus on solutions
    • Practice continuous improvement
    • Fully participate
    • Share knowledge
    • Maintain a positive attitude
    • Promote team success

    Power Skills for interacting with your leaders (17)

    • Make it brief
    • Don’t take it personally
    • Keep your leaders informed
    • Wear one face
    • Don’t dump and run
    • Close issues
    • Meet commitments
    • Make your leaders look good
    • Show you can be trusted

    Identify your top three takeaways from the class

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Power Skills and Business Acumen PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Ways of Working PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials. *Please note that the asterisked row below applies to the PMI® Agile Certification Journey and includes Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Disciplined Agile® Coach (DAC), and Disciplined Agile® Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) certifications.
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acumen Total
CAPM® / PMI-CP™ / PMP® / PgMP® 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-SP® 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-RMP® 0 14 0 14.00
PfMP® 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-PBA® 0 14 0 14.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle



Neal Whitten PMP

Neal Whitten, PMP, is a consultant, trainer, mentor, speaker, and author in the areas of power skills and leadership, project management, team building, and employee development. He is the author of eight books, has written over 150 articles for professional magazines, and was a contributing editor of PMI’s PM Network® magazine for more than 15 years. He has presented to thousands of people from hundreds of companies, institutions, and public organizations worldwide. Neal has held the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification since 1992.

Training Information

18 - 19 November 2024
2 Days


Member Price
(US$1385.00 before 7 October)
Nonmember Price
(US$1585.00 before 7 October)
Government Price
Student Price

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