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Succeeding with Senior Management by G. Michael Campbell

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Communicating Problems and Issues with the Sponsor

ONE OF THE most difficult tasks in project management has to be telling your sponsor about problems and/or issues related to the project. Whenever that happens, the palms of my hands become sweaty, and I breathe with faster, shallower breaths. However, I have learned that while you cannot change your body’s response to the situation, you can plan and act so that you can feel confident going into that situation.

Let’s start with a reminder from earlier in the book: Never let your sponsor be surprised by a problem or issue. There are political consequences to both of you if your sponsor does ...

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