Managing Conflict in Projects by George Pitagorsky published by PMI


15 January 2013 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced the publication of Managing Conflict in Projects: Applying Mindfulness and Analysis for Optimal Results, a new book by George Pitagorsky, PMP.  Pitagorsky is the author of the 2007 book The Zen Approach to Project Management.

managing-conflict-in-projectsAccording to the PMI summary: “You know the old saying: Conflict happens. It’s an unfortunate part of every project. It can come from any direction: from inside the core team, from senior stakeholders, even from the external market itself. And while it can take an infinite variety of forms, it corrodes team productivity, morale and integrity, which in turn threatens timelines and reduces profitability. In fact, depending on the scale of the project, conflict can even endanger organizational survival itself.

Now author George Pitagorsky, PMP uses his decades of experience to provide project managers with an innovative and practical approach that will enable them to not only manage conflict, but to use it as a positive tool.

Drawing upon academic research and real-world examples, this highly accessible guide breaks conflict down to its base components and takes an insightful look at the human and process factors involved.   It then provides the reader with a flexible conflict management framework that can be used across any kind of endeavor. Step-by-step, this incisive guide then walks the reader through the process while teaching them tools and techniques that they can use to assess, diagnose and mitigate conflict’s negative effects… and leverage its power to move their project forward.”

george-pitagorskyGeorge Pitagorsky, PMP, is a management consultant who advises clients on how to improve performance and quality to achieve optimal performance. George has been in the project management field for over 40 years. His expertise is earned through managing, assessing, enabling and consulting on projects and project governance in complex settings. In roles as enterprise architect, product developer, executive and personal coach, facilitator and senior manager he applies people centered systems and process thinking to achieve sustainable performance excellence. His work on Open-minded Mindfulness explores the way clear thinking, effective mental models and awareness influence personal, project, program and operational performance.

George authored The Zen Approach to Project Management and Project Management Basics.™ He directed development of a global training provider’s Unified Project Management™ Methodology (UPMM™), core curriculum and competency model. He has been published on project management, process improvement, and personal development subjects including conflict management. George teaches and coaches people in applied mindfulness meditation and conscious living and is a senior teacher at the NY Insight Meditation Center. He publishes the Breakthrough Newsletter.

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Managing Conflict in Projects: Applying Mindfulness and Analysis for Optimal Results, by George Pitagorsky, published by PMI in the USA; ©2012, 132 pages, soft cover, ISBN 978-1-935589-58-7; List price = US$29.95; info at http://marketplace.pmi.org/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00101350301.

PMI members receive discounted pricing.

Source: Project Management Institute