Practical Thinking for Project Success course – Notes for Managers, Coaches and Mentors of Participants


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To get the most out of the course, delegates will need to be supported as they start to think and work differently. This page will help managers, coaches and mentors to provide that support. Here you will find:

  • Information about the course
  • What to expect after someone has attended the course
  • Suggestions to help you perform a useful review with the course participant

The Course

People will learn how to:

  • Gain clarity on project’s lifespan.
  • Identify obstacles to project management.
  • Communicate with all involved during planning and delivery.
  • Use tools and techniques to help plan and run project management sessions.

Here are the key aspects covered:

What are the goals?
Goal setting and project definition.

Thinking
Herrmann Brain Dominance and challenging habitual thinking patterns.

Defining Outcomes
Use techniques to gain clarity on project outcomes.

Planning Tools
Various tools to help broaden thinking.

Pulling it all Together
Delegates will gain confidence while applying the tools and techniques learnt throughout the day.

Action Planning
At the end of the course delegates are encouraged to think about how they are going to use what they have learnt. We emphasise that it is up to them to put the techniques and perspectives covered into good use.

What to expect after someone has attended the course

Everyone attends the course for slightly different reasons but they will all have opportunities to use what they learn. Delegates are usually very keen to put their new skills into practice. A little well-directed support and encouragement by manager, coach or mentor can make a big difference. We hope the following notes will help you give that support:

What to expectWhat you can do
While on the course the delegates will learn current thinking styles that will provide fresh insights and new ideas for planning projects, and for successful project management.Encourage them to show you the tools andย  techniques learnt on the course. This will re-enforce their learning.
The delegate will be involved with others in project planning, implementation and execution.Are others in the workforce feeling the benefit from this training through better project planning?
The delegate will want to set goals.Help them set reasonable goals and timescales.

Conducting a review after the course

Many managers like to follow up courses that their people have attended. The style and format of these reviews varies widely so here are some prompts for suggested discussion points:

  • Action Planย – at the end of the course all delegates are encouraged to commit to specific actions to use and reinforce the things theyโ€™ve learnt. That action plan is a good start point for a review.
  • Coaching Othersย – have there been any opportunities to coach others in the use of the techniques or in any of the other things discussed or taught on the course?
  • Generalย – it will be worth going back to the original reasons for attending the course and also review the other notes in this section that describe the course and use them as a prompt for your discussion.

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