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Personal Effectiveness in Project Management: tools, tips and strategies to improve your decision-making, influence, motivation, confidence, risk-taking, achievement and self-sustainability

PM WORLD BOOK REVIEW

pmwj21-apr2014-Mauelshagen-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  Personal Effectiveness in Project Management: tools, tips and strategies to improve your decision-making, influence, motivation, confidence, risk-taking, achievement and self-sustainability
Author:  Zachary Wong, Ph.D.
Publisher:  Project Management Institute, Inc.
List Price:   US$ 34.95        Format:  soft cover; 200 pages
Publication Date:   2013     ISBN: 9781628250299
Reviewer:      Ralph J. Mauelshagen, PMP, CSM, CCP
Review Date:              February 2014
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Introduction to the Book

Personal Effectiveness is something that is valued and coveted by anyone in any group of people, especially leaders. For leaders in a project manager role, however, the health of their projects, and even their projects’ ultimate success or failure is determined by how well they manage “the human behaviors behind the tasks and activities.”

To frame this book for the reader, Dr. Wong invokes the entire Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as a foundation, noting its importance in prescribing a “well-organized, well-structured, disciplined approach.”  He then quickly opens the side door, into the realm of human behaviors, an area where he has previously demon­strated expertise (cf. Human Factors in Project Management, Zachary Wong, 2007).

Overview of Book’s Structure

Dr. Wong helps the reader by laying out a simple visual structure, a map through which he will take the reader in the chapters to come.  In this, his “Personal Effectiveness Cycle,” he sets out four functions, each “powered by” two human factors.

  • Decision-Making: Diversity & Values
  • Motivation: Space & Set Point
  • Achievement: Fear & Inclusion
  • Sustainability: Passion & Goals

In the author’s words, “Just as project life cycles provide a basic framework for managing the ‘hard’ skills in project management, this book provides a basic framework for managing the ‘soft’ skills…”  He accomplishes this well, with a logical, memorable framework and tutelage.

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About the Reviewer

pmwj21-apr2014-Mauelshagen-IMAGE2 REVIEWERflag-usaRalph J. Mauelshagen, PMP, CSM, CCP 

North Texas, USA

Ralph Mauelshagen has been leading Information Technology projects to successful completion for three decades, punctuated by assignments in Enterprise Architecture and Strategy, Development Management, and Business Intelligence leadership.  Ralph is a first-generation American with personal roots in the Midwest, the South, and the West.  With a Technology degree for the mind and a Biblical Studies degree for the heart, his diversity of education, geography, culture, and business contexts enables him to recognize and create value by blending ideas from diverse domains.


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].