Managing Up - How to Have Crucial Conversations

Jul 18
A Future Project Leaders Event


Project Management can often put you in situations where you need to make decisions with very little authority. It is also a discipline that regularly requests a certain number of years experience for particular roles, determined on a seemingly arbitrary basis (what's the difference between a 10 year PM and a 15 year PM?) As a result, it can be confronting for new and/or junior resources to make themselves heard in meetings, deliver a key message to executive teams, or put forward solutions and ideas that differ from what their colleagues might think.

This presentation will look at why these issues exist, delve into real life examples, and propose some tools & techniques to get past them. We will also hold a discussion on your experiences with 'managing up', so come ready to share stories of both triumph and woe.

Members $10 | Non Members $20
CPD Points: 4



Nick Jago Nick is a project manager with Ontoit. He has looked much younger than his age since he was about 7, and occasionally get’s asked for ID when he goes out, even though he is more than double the legal drinking age. This is now changing because he has 2 children – he is starting to look much older and go out even less. Managing up has been his modus operandi for a long time, trying to demonstrate his skillset independently of his (perceived) age, experience and job title. He firmly believes that ability has no direct correlation to age or number of years you have been working, and that people should be treated on their merits.

Nick Jago

Event Partner

University of Technology Sydney