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  • 2019-02-20 18:00:00 2019-02-20 20:00:00 Europe/London Creative Collaboration for Our Time: Making Project Workshops Work Don't forget to book your place on the APM website Lanyon Building, University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NN.   Queen's University

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Creative Collaboration for Our Time: Making Project Workshops Work

Lanyon Building, University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NN.

Creative collaboration is what our projects and programmes need so that we can engage people and deliver great work together… it’s useful and fun too!

How can we present ourselves authentically on our projects and programmes? How can we show up wholeheartedly for meetings so that our stakeholders leave them with a smile (yes really)? When so many of us work far away from those stakeholders, whether colleagues, suppliers, subject matter experts and clients, how do we form strong connections and communicate deeply when we only meet in virtual sessions? In our fast paced world of work, where multi-tasking is the norm, how do we engage people when they are likely to be distracted and pulled away by everything else that is happening around them? While this session will be lots of fun, Penny is deadly serious. Without creative leadership, collaboration and engagement, project managers might as well go home. Tricky projects need far more than processes and analytical skills.

You can expect a very interactive, facilitative session, so please come with your own experiences, challenges and stories to share. You can expect Penny to touch on: leadership, mind-set, identity, facilitation, risk, change, culture, and lots more. She’s likely to draw live graphics and even invite you to join in a simulation of virtual work! Her hope is that you’ll leave reinvigorated to tackle your tricky projects and engage your stakeholders.

Dr Penny Pullan is writing her fourth book: ‘Making Workshops Work: Creative collaboration for our time’, which this talk is based on. Creative collaboration is what Penny believes our projects and programmes need in 2019, so that we can engage people and together deliver great work and benefits to our communities. The good news is that we can develop creativity and collaboration skills, wherever we are in our career.

Penny’s previous books include: “Virtual Leadership: Practical Strategies for Getting the Best Out of Virtual Work and Virtual Teams”, “Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing change” (co-authored with 27 others!) and “A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management” (co-authored with Dr Ruth Murray Webster).

Penny works with people in multinational organizations who are grappling with tricky projects: uncertain, with ambiguous requirements, stakeholders who need to be engaged and teams dispersed around the world. When they work with Penny, clients notice that communication, collaboration, and confidence grow and change, and doesn't seem quite as tricky as before!

Penny has volunteered for the APM for over a decade and has led two SIGs. She’s currently a committee member of the Programme Management SIG. Penny tweets at @pennypullan.


Previous presentations and webinars can be viewed on the APM Slideshare and YouTube channels.

This event is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.


APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition reference

Section Description
3.1.6 Stakeholder engagement

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