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Advising UpwardsIn her blog post  The Rise of Stakeholders, Gower Author Lynda Bourne writes about the Google Ngram Viewer and shows how ‘the rise of “Stakeholders” from a pure legal/gambling term (the neutral party who holds the ‘stakes’ during a game of chance or similar) to its current status is amazing.’ 

The post is part of the blog’s overall remit to cover: Project management training and the PMI range of credentials including PgMP, PMP, CAPM and PMI-SP. Project ‘controls’ in the 21st Century, primarily the evolving role of scheduling as a key driver of project success but also Earned Value, PMOs, Governance and OPM3 and Effective stakeholder management including communicating for effective outcomes.

In her book Advising Upwards: A Framework for Understanding & Engaging Senior Management Stakeholders she talks about the central role of stakeholders in the successful delivery of organisational strategy becoming increasingly recognised, as well as the importance of developing a sponsor culture to support more collaborative practices within the organisation. Both blog and book explore how building, and managing, relationships with senior (upwards) stakeholders is essential for success.

Lynda BourneDr Lynda BourneDPM, PMP, FAIM.

Lynda is Director of Training with Mosaic Project Services focusing on the delivery of CAPM, PMP, PgMP, OPM3, Stakeholder Circle® and other project related workshops, training and mentoring services. She is also the Director of Stakeholder Management Pty Ltd and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Adelphi, Maryland, USA.

She was the first student to graduate from the RMIT University, Doctor of Project Management course with a professional Doctorate in Project Management (DPM) and has extensive experience as a Senior Project Manager and Project Director specialising in delivery of IT and other business-related projects within the telecommunications sector working in Australia and South East Asia (primarily in Malaysia).