Managing Beyond Authority™

This award-winning program was developed with Stanford University to address a very common, but challenging, situation that leaders face in today's organization. The situation occurs when a leader needs to achieve bottom-line results, but doesn't want to or can't rely on position power to achieve them. Executives face this situation because their initiatives often require a greater level of commitment, initiateive, and energy than can be achieved through power alone. The have position power, but know they can't use it. Project managers face this situation because the project management environment gives them very little formal authority. They have little if any position power, but know they must accomplish their project goals.

Managing Beyond Authority™ uses two Harvard Business School case studies, challenging models, and engaging practice to show participants how to build, maintain, and exercise the kind of credibility required to achieve results without relying on formal authority.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the organizational dynamics that are driving or impeding a decision.
  • Build support and understanding for an initiative.
  • Establish long-term relationships of trust and credibility.
  • Manage priorities and resources with managers across the organization.
  • Hold project partners accountable for deadlines and deliverables.
  • Address performance problems with people who don’t report to them.
  • Deal with angry customers, partners, employees, and managers.
  • Keep projects on track despite the complexities of your project-based matrix environment.