Project Management Institute

New - Power and Influence - Mastering Organizational Politics to Deliver Successful Projects with Vijay Verma


Topics: Influencing | Change Management | Negotiation

Ignoring the external and internal politics surrounding your project can be hazardous.  The more power you have and know how to use it, better you are able to get things done. Most project managers have enormous responsibility but not enough formal authority. Successful project managers must understand the dynamics of power and politics and the importance of managing stakeholders through leadership and influence.

The Art of Positive Politics will focus on practical techniques to increase the overall performance of people in the organization. Power is a key factor for managing politics effectively. Analyze the political landscape in your organizations and learn how to stop being naïve, protect yourself from “sharks”, learn to be politically sensible, and convert your adversaries and opponents into your allies.

Understand the five categories of stakeholders and uncover ways to manage politics at the project level and at the upper management levels. In this highly interactive session, you will evaluate, improve, and discover strategies to increase your total power. You will understand the important keywords for positive and negative politics; identify three political positions; develop strategies to manage five categories of stakeholders; and increase your overall leadership effectiveness. 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 by using the art of positive politics.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify eight sources of power, evaluate your own power level, and develop strategies to increase your power and influence.
  • Describe key words for negative and positive politics and learn the art of using positive politics to deliver successful projects.
  • Analyze the political landscape, identify three political positions, and develop strategies to convert your adversaries and opponents into your allies.
  • Identify five categories of stakeholders based on dimensions of trust and agreement and develop strategies to manage your stakeholders effectively.
  • Develop strategies to manage politics effectively at the upper management level and at the project level to deliver successful results.

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®. Leadership and Strategic PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Technical PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials.
Technical Leadership Strategic Total
CAPM / 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
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Seminar Instructor(s)


Vijay Verma PMP, PMI Fellow

Vijay K. Verma, MBA, PEng, PMP, PMI Fellow, is an internationally known consultant, speaker, trainer and author. Mr. Vera has forty years of experience in the area of project management. He provides project management services for projects varying in size, complexity, and diversity. 

He has presented numerous workshops for many clients from a wide variety of industries. He has written the three-volume series Human Aspects of Project Management, published by the Project Management Institute, which includes Organizing Projects for Success (Vol. 1), Human Resource Skills for the Project Manager (Vol. 2), and Managing the Project Team (Vol. 3). Mr. Verma received the 2009 PMI Fellow Award (one of the highest and most prestigious award), 1999 PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award (for his book Managing the Project Team), and the 1999 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award for sustained and significant contributions to the project management profession. 

His most recent book, The Art of Positive Politics: A Key to Delivering Successful Projects was launched in June 2018 and another book Leading with Purpose: Positive Power and Inspirational Influence will be published in 2021. 

Mr. Verma is a professional engineer and holds Masters’ degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration (MBA). He lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada, enjoying life with his seven grandchildren.

Preliminary Course Outline

Day 1: 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.

About Politics (Setting the stage): Importance and dynamics of politics; why do we have politics;

Day 2: Analyzing political landscape: Two types of politics (Negative and Positive) with important keywords, Ten Commandments of Positive Politics, Analysis of political landscape in your organization; understanding three political positions; political behaviors of stakeholders and how to manage them effectively.

Managing Politics using The Art of Positive Politics: Trust and Agreement Model to identify five categories of stakeholders; strategies to convert your adversaries and opponents into your allies; and managing politics at the upper management level and at the project level.

Course Information

2 Days
5 - 6 October 2020


Member Price
(US$1456.00 before 24 August)
Non-Member Price
(US$1612.00 before 24 August)
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