Like it or Not: You Must Master the Political Landscape of Projects

In this episode, Ricardo talks about the importance of understanding the political aspects of project management. Effective project delivery isn't just about planning, budgeting, risk analysis, or stakeholder management; it requires the management of human interactions and political dynamics. Ricardo gives four main tips: influence mapping to understand authentic relationships beyond organizational charts, using political intelligence to read unspoken signals, strategic commitment to protect the central elements of the project, and maintaining ethics in political maneuvers. He points out that mastery of political awareness comes from practical experience, not just theoretical learning, and is crucial to successful project management.

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