“Essential People Skills for Project Managers” is a 200 page book authored by Steven W. Flannes, PhD, and Ginger Levin, DPA. Published by Management Concepts in 2005, it aims to give readers “strategies and techniques for sharpening your people skills, with information you can grasp quickly and apply to your projects.” “Essential People Skills for Project Managers” is an updated version of the authors’ earlier work “People Skills for Project Managers,” published in 2001.
Described by the publisher as a “treasury of how-to guidance for project success, “Essential People Skills for Project Managers” educates readers on various people skills concepts. The goal of the publication is to enable a reader to easily comprehend the information and immediately apply it to his professional life.
The book promises to educate readers on how to serve confidently as a leader. Conflict resolution, crisis management and crisis recovery are also covered in the tome. In addition, the author teaches readers how to identify the personal work style of each team member. By gaining this information, the reader will be able to communicate more effectively and better motivate his team.
In addition to its focus on managing a project team, “Essential People Skills for Project Managers” speaks to readers regarding personal growth. The book offers tips on managing a variety of professional challenges, including stress, career transition and an unstable work environment.
“Essential People Skills for Project Managers” has received praise from a variety of sources. According to reviews published on Amazon.com, various members of the corporate community, including a Senior Program Manager at Honeywell International, a vice president of human resources for Union Bank of California and an associate director of human resources and communications for Bell Canada, each gave it glowing reviews. In addition, the book is sold by the Project Management Institute, the primary professional organization catering to the project management industry.
About the Authors
Steven W. Flannes, PhD is a licensed psychologist and management consultant based in Oakland, California. In 2005, he claimed have 18 years of experience serving as a corporate consultant specializing in coaching managers within the areas of people management and organizational effectiveness.
In 2005, Ginger Levin, DPA claimed to have more than 25 years of professional experience. In addition to evaluating various programs, she boasts to have coached project managers and provided expertise within the area of organizational development.