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As Lynda Bourne and Derek Walker point out in their article (Tapping into the Power Lines), the one thing that most project managers lack is positional power: “Those project managers who have delivered successful projects – within budget and schedule and to agreed scope and to the expectation of all stakeholders, have invoked additional knowledge of the power structures of the organisation and skills to ‘tap into the power lines’ of that organisation.” The model they offer and the advice for how you should navigate the power lines will strike a chord with any project manager involved with large and complex projects. Lynda Bourne is author of Gower’s Stakeholder Relationship Management and Advising Upwards, which is released this month.

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