You can help to improve how your stakeholders perceive project management with these simple steps:
1. Talk to your sponsor, customer, key stakeholders and team, understand their needs, their fears and their influence
2. Draft a simple and appropriate communication plan that ensures stakeholders are always kept informed
3. Take the opportunity to coach your stakeholders on the benefits of project management and how it can positively affect their business needs or own personal drivers
4. Always keep the communication a two-way process, keep an open mind and an open door policy.
Stakeholders are your best friend within a project. They have the ability to improve the chances of successful delivery and to derail it completely. Learn how to recognise both the said and the unsaid tone of any communication.
We hope that helps. What other ways are there to improve your stakeholders perception of your projects ?