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Understanding Influence within a Project Community

COURSE NO: K02-004
PDH CREDIT: 2
COURSE PROVIDER: Richard Grimes, MPA, CPT
Understanding Influence within a Project Community
Note: New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania Professional Engineers: This course does not qualify for PDH credit by your State Licensing Board. For complete information, please visit the websites of the NJNYOH and PA State Licensing Boards.
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course rests on the model of a large-project setting (50+ team members) in which there are budget, schedule, planning, and delivery deadlines creating enormous pressures on team members every day. It is not about the typical examples of influence - i.e., who you know - but rather the more subtle situations that are around us every day and that we often overlook. Life teaches us about patterns and repetition. Those lessons provide the temptation to use mental shortcuts in familiar situations (or what we think is familiar) to act based on what we have experienced before, save a little time, and get a little more done instead of analyzing each situation as if it was never seen before.

 

These mental shortcuts - if (that condition) and then (this result) - can be helpful when we are correct but dangerous when we are wrong. The greater our awareness of the behavioral, stimulus-response triggers we encounter and the attempts by others to influence our actions, the greater the likelihood we will think before acting and then act in a way that either helps us or at least does not harm us. Collectively, the more that we can think before acting will improve the project's overall harmony and the less career damage those actions will pose for us.

 

This 2 PDH online course is intended for current or potential project managers as well as project team members that want to play a role of greater leadership and responsibility in a project by seeking to understand influence as part of  large project team.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Knowing the difference between socially acceptable and socially predictable responses within the project community
  • Knowing the six kinds of stimulus-response situations within a project setting
  • Learning how to increase the likelihood a teammate will comply with your request of a favor
  • Learning to identify the potential dangers hidden within a vendor's price quote
  • Learning how the sequence of specific items within a request can influence your success in getting what you want
  • Learning the hidden dangers associated with uninvited debts
  • Learning how to use the principle of reciprocal concessions to your advantage
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled "Understanding Influence within a Project Community".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Understanding Influence within a Project Community (662 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on the entire document.

 

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you may print your Certificate of Completion after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email you your Certificate of Completion. Also, you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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