Intelligent Disobedience – The Difference Between Good and Great Project Managers

Course Duration: 2 days

Professional Development Units (PDU’s): 14

Course Description: This is an advanced leadership course to prepare project managers for successful interactions with senior management and other various project stakeholders. Intelligent Disobedience is the ability to successfully counter the directions of management. This requires the project manager to challenge, pushback and make suggestions to management that defend the integrity of the projects against the expectations of the key stakeholders. Intelligent disobedience is pivotal to true success as a project manager. Like the guide dog training environment that embraces intelligent disobedience as essential to success for assistance pets, project managers need to know how to ‘disobey their masters’ as a means of saving the business, just as guide dogs save and empower their masters with their vision and behavior. Intelligent disobedience requires courage, solid presentation skills and political awareness. It also requires a sense of balance brought forth with a sense of humor – after all you are comparing yourself to a dog as a means to being successful! This course is fun, challenging and informative. It will provide you with a different way of looking at the challenges you face as a project manager.

Key Learning Objectives

  • examine methods for proposing potentially unpopular directions or opinions
  • discuss approaches for successfully dealing with senior managers and stakeholders
  • learn how to craft compelling arguments to garner business support
  • propose a decision making process for when you should ‘bend the rules’ or alter processes – leveraging common sense over common processes on an exception basis
  • find out how you can use intelligent disobedience to save the organization from itself!

Audience: This course is designed for experienced project managers, business analyst, and managers.

Course Prerequisites: A minimum of four years project management or business analysis experience is required.

Course Price: For on-site courses please contact Mindavation on 1-866-888-MIND(6463) or e-mail  For public course availability and price see Public Course Schedule.

PMBOK® Guide Knowledge Areas:

  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Risk Management

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