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Personal Effectiveness in Project Management: Tools, Tips & Strategies to improve your decision-making, motivation, confidence, risk-taking, achievement and sustainability

PM World Book Review 

pmwj25-aug2014-Martin-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  Personal Effectiveness in Project Management: Tools, Tips & Strategies to improve your decision-making, motivation, confidence, risk-taking, achievement and sustainability
Author:  Zachary Wong, PhD
Publisher:  Project Management Institute (PMI®)
List Price:   US$34.95
Format:  soft cover; 207 pages
Publication Date:   2014     ISBN: 978-62825-029-9
Reviewer:      Rodger L. Martin, PMP, JD, MBA, BSEE
Review Date:              July 2014


 

Introduction to the Book

The author asserts that successful project management requires a well-organized, well-structured, disciplined approach in completing tasks.  PMI has excellent, well-proven concepts, tools and techniques, but Project Managers desire more skill in behavioral tools, techniques and strategies for managing people and motivating higher performance.  Longest title I have seen.  The bottom line is that it takes hard work to master soft skills.

The premise of the book is that there are four major functional areas in personal effectiveness:

  • Decision-making
  • Motivation
  • Achievement, and
  • Sustainability

The book is designed to help the individual project manager measure, assess and diagnose how well the project manager functions in those four areas.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Human factors shape an individual’s thinking, behaviors, motivation, influence, self-confidence, risk-taking, achievement, personal goals, work-life balance and self-esteem.

The major framework of human skills in the personal-effectiveness cycle is discussed in the four modules of the book:

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About the Reviewer

rodger-martinRodger Martin, JD, MBA, BSEE, PMP flag-usa

Texas, USA

Rodger Martin has a broad background in business, law, engineering and Project Management.  He is a retired US Air Force officer with expertise in rockets and National Ranges.  His work experiences include government, military, public corporations, small business consulting and high-tech non-profit organizations.  For the last 12 years, he has worked on Document Management, Knowledge Management and Process Management/Modeling projects for commercial companies.  He acquired his PMP certification in 2007.  He is also a certified Mediator.

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of cooperation between the publisher, PM World and the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI Dallas Chapter – www.pmidallas.org). Authors and publishers provide books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI members can keep the books as well as receive PDUs for PMP recertification when their book reviews are published.  PMI Dallas Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, the audience for most project management books.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].