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By James Taylor

Venture managers desire targeted units of talents - technical talents to accommodate tracking, monitoring, and controlling a venture, and human talents to address the issues that always come up while humans needs to interact. A Survival advisor for venture Managers blends those very assorted ability units right into a entire, all-in-one source excellent for a person who must examine the basics of venture administration.

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Management Skill Requirements There is much more demand on the project manager's interpersonal and negotiating skills today than even just fifteen years ago. The traditional, vertical organizational hierarchy, which was the model for all organizational structures since it was invented by the early Roman army until the mid-1900s, is too slow and inflexible to respond to today's competitive challenges, and information technology is being used, among other things, to disperse the workforce from centralized and expensive office complexes to smaller telecommuting sites or home offices.

Many people find that putting their thoughts on paper helps clarify the project or problem they are mulling over. Just as writing can benefit the writer, it can also benefit the reader. Some information is too complex or lengthy to try to explain orally, particularly over the telephone. Hence, a well-written document provides the reader with complex information in a logical and clear way that no other medium can. Steps to Powerful Writing Writing skills can be learned and developed just as speaking skills can.

The third of these problems, unclear goals and objectives, is to my mind the biggest problem encountered in project management. The most difficult task often is just determining what the customer wants. Many customers themselves don't know what they want, which usually results in several, expensive false starts. The second question Posner asked relative to what skills make a difference in successfully managing a project yielded almost 1,400 statements from the responders. All of these statements have been categorized into six major categories and are shown in Exhibit 1-2.

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