Successful project managers must engage and motivate others to achieve complex goals. Ruth Pearce shows how behavior, language, and attitudes affect engagement and how leveraging character strengths can help improve relationships, increase innovation, and build higher-functioning teams. This focus on character strengths--such as bravery, curiosity, fairness, gratitude, and humor--can help project managers recognize and cultivate the things that are best in themselves and others.

Many project managers do not have the authority to direct the activities of people on their teams--they can only influence them. The most influential people succeed by focusing less on themselves and their message and more on others. They pay attention, they are brave, they are vulnerable, they are curious, and they look for and acknowledge the things that are important about and to the other person. And they model the behavior that they want to see. This book tells you how.

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Meet the Authors

Ruth Pearce
Ruth Pearce is President of ALLE LLC, an author, speaker, coach and a practicing project manager. Her experience includes financial services, state government, and non-profits. In 2018, her book Be a Project Motivator: Unlock the Secrets of Strengths-Based Project Management was published by Berrett-Koehler. Ruth is a regular presenter in webinars and workshops and presents at conferences nationally and internationally on the subjects of social intelligence for project managers and using character strengths to build engaged, empowered teams. Her top strengths are Appreciation, Bravery, Curiosity, Fairness and Gratitude. Find out more about Ruth’s work at www.projectmotivator.com.