The Project Manager’s Bookshelf: People Skills

I used to see a lot of project management thought leaders write about what they called soft skills. They meant things like Emotional Intelligence, communication, driving change, fostering collaboration, and so on. At some point, they realized that those things are hard. I prefer the term people skills, which isn’t specific enough for some, but it facilitates grouping knowledge and skills into three broad areas:

  • People skills
  • Technical skills
  • Business acumen

A lot has been written about these topics, and a lot of recommendations have been made in the SEO-oriented format of Top Ten Books on XXX to Read Before You Get Out of Bed. This is the first of a series of posts that will recommend a few books that you might not have seen on more click-worthy lists.


Developing Yourself and Others

Collaboration and Culture

Next week, I’ll make some reading recommendations for developing your technical skills. No, I’m not suggesting you become a programmer. More like the classes you wish you had signed up for when you were still trying to decide on your major.




The Project Manager's Bookshelf: People Skills
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The Project Manager's Bookshelf: People Skills
Recommended books on people skills, such as communication, professional development, collaboration, and cultural intelligence.
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