Influencing Across Organizational Boundaries

by Jennifer Miller on January 11, 2012

in Business Management, Personal Effectiveness

Earlier this week I presented a session on Influencing Across Organizational Boundaries to the Western Michigan chapter of the Project Management Institute. The session was so well-received that many people asked for copies of the Power Point presentation. Well, you know how that goes—a Power Point without the corresponding speaker commentary is a bit flat.

So, I created a modified version that excerpts a few key concepts. You can view it via SlideShare by clicking here.

Also, here’s a plug for the WMPMI group. They have a lot of really great things going on, including a brand-new event called THE Project 2012, which is a collegiate project management competition. I love it when our future business leaders help grow the talents of those coming along.

Here are a few photos from the event:


Participants at the pre-session networking event









It was standing room only! That's me waaay up front.











And look at this great book they gave me, Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage. It’s authored by a couple of directors from the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, so it should be a good read. Look for a book review down the road.


Many thanks to the kind folks at WMPMI for your great hospitality and the wonderful things you are doing to promote professionalism in your discipline.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Craig Juengling January 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Jennifer, I enjoyed the PowerPoint and it helps me shape some of my thinking to be more effective with my clients. I really like the way you summarized the topic and how crucial it is for leaders to exercise influence… not just authority.

Nicely done.


Jennifer Miller January 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm


I’m so glad you enjoyed the Slide Share. The more I read about influence, the more I’m intrigued by the topic– *real* interpersonal influence, not just the notion of “social” influence that has been flying around the past few years.

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