You manage your project – we support you along the way

Emotional Intelligence training and coaching for Project Managers

Project Managers are the captains of change. They are called to execute transitional and transformational processes in organizations. With this responsibility come challenges and duties:

  • Being the “central hub” of the project and the one holding it together
  • Managing the sometimes contradictory requirements of the customer and internal stakeholders
  • Finding that the project is beyond the scope of what can be delivered, due to technical unfeasibility or a lack of resources
  • Managing teams around the world with different cultural backgrounds and in many time zones.

These challenges and other demands may lead Project Managers to overestimate their personal capacity, time resources, and skills and become overwhelmed with the amount of work; or underestimate the amount of effort needed to manage the people involved and lose efficiency and influence. As a result, the Project Manager doesn’t function properly as a central hub.

If the central hub isn’t working properly, the following problems may arise:

  • The project schedule slips
  • Deadlines aren’t met
  • Actual costs are higher than estimated
  • Risks are not monitored or mitigated
  • Change management isn’t in place
  • Stakeholder management is overlooked

All these factors may result in project failure and as a consequence a loss of both company image and customers.

One approach to ensuring a project’s success is to support the Project Manager (PM) in the position as a central hub by training emotional and social competencies and coaching the PM along the project’s life cycle. Let us show you our approach.

EQ Power aims to support Project Managers in a two-step process: first assessing their Emotional Intelligence using the EQ-i 2.0 assessment and then training it by coaching them along their project’s life cycle. This approach is tailored to the needs of the individual and provides sustainable results.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) encompasses a set of competencies that help Project Managers to manage themselves and others. For example, Self-Awareness, a foundation of Emotional Intelligence, is the ability to recognize one’s own emotions, their source and how emotions affect the person and others. Self-Awareness is necessary to monitor the person’s resources and warn when a person is reaching personal limits and needs a break or some help.

Another useful EI competency is Empathy – the ability to step into another person’s shoes. Empathy helps Project Managers to look at a situation from different perspectives and as a result find the best possible solution.