Sarah Coleman

Sarah supports organisations grappling with shaping, scoping, designing, delivering and monitoring complex business critical projects, programmes and change. She works at senior and board level across multi-nationals, corporates and government in the UK and internationally.  Having started her career in ICT she has worked with projects, programmes and transformation across multiple industry sectors, and with organisations including Rolls Royce, Diamond Light Source, Grant Thornton, BT, Pera, Experian, Bank of America, American Express, Wilkinson, Legal & General, NHS, DEfRA and Sellafield.

Sarah is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and a Fellow and former NED of the Association for Project Management. She is a highly experienced consultant, educator, leadership and executive coach, author (“Project Leadership” (Gower, 2015); “Organizational Change Explained” (Kogan Page, 2017)) and director at Business Evolution Ltd. She is also a visiting Fellow at Cranfield University and Lincoln University, and a transformation associate and subject matter expert at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Cabinet Office.  Sarah is currently leading an APM research programme into key project leadership competencies, with Cranfield University and multi-national industry partners.

Presentation

Influencing without authority

Synopsis

Project professionals depend on cooperation and collaboration, building influence and robust relationships, and on understanding how organisations work informally as well as formally in order to bring their projects to success.  This is about balancing our hard technical skills with a softer skill set to help us work confidently outside our formal areas of authority, to build high-performing matrix and virtual teams, to move easily across functional areas and geographies, to develop strong relationships with the client and suppliers, and to build influence and support at all levels of the organisation from the C-suite to operational levels. Join us to understand how you can develop these skills and how to make them work better for you.

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