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Stakeholders, their contribution and resistance..

In psychology, the concept of resistance to change refers to people experiencing emotional anxiety caused by the prospect of a transformation or change that is taking place. Therefore, it was thought that eliminating this resistance was enough to motivate people to accept the change as an opportunity for improvement & development.

Stakeholders are always a key factor in all projects, their contribution can indeed result in the success or failure of any project. In this edition, we will zoom in a little on this topic and share with you articles from different authors. We have 5 new authors that we are thrilled to have their valued work with us.

In addition to that, our SME section for this month tackles the resistance to sharing information, which also provides a good insight on how to tackle it by understanding the reasons behind it.

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Previous Editions

Stakeholders... The essence of projects

Managing yourself; a key for project management.

Hybrid (Waterfall / Agile)... a real solution or a hidden problem

Project Management Challenges nowadays

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of PMI

Risk Management ... and the hidden opportunities

Project Manager DNA - Coaching

Lessons Learned... the forgotten treasure.

Uncontrolled Scope... Scope Creep & Gold Plating

Multitasking... the hidden threat

Leadership skills for PMs

Change Management

Conflict Management

The first edition

Selected Exclusive Articles


What to Do When Your Stakeholder Won’t Talk to You

by Margaret Meloni

Why would one of your project stakeholders refuse to talk to you? YOU are the project manager. The leader and facilitator of communication. How can you and the team reach successful project completion if a key contributor is going to withhold information deliberately?              First, you want to make sure that there is no confidentiality or clearance issue. That you are allowed to know what it is you need to know. That might sound crazy, but I have led projects where part of the project was a black box to me. It was not ideal, but there was a shortage of qualified ...

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Other Exclusive Articles

Selected Perspectives Articles

PM Magazine - Perspectives

"Creating a project management culture and building a community that allows sharing knowledge from multitude perspectives is one of our main goals in The fruit of this experiment is a key milestone in our journey, as it opens the door for professionals to get together and share their knowledge from different perspectives." - -Team

Selected SMEs' Feedback

Frederic Casagrande
PMO Expert

Why do stakeholders sometimes resist in sharing information?

With projects moving away from pure construction (or hardware in general) to more elaborate, complex, and often dematerialized, we realize more and more that “knowledge is power”. And there is something unfortunate that this trend coincides with the shift of most organizations to a matrix environment, where project team members ... Continue Reading

Teresa Lawrence
President, international Deliverables

Why do stakeholders sometimes resist in sharing information?

In my experience, the environment/culture has not been established that welcomes stakeholders – OR their input! They have had negative experiences with being overlooked, drowned out or witness to ineffective processes. Stakeholders often feel projects are done TO them rather than WITH them.
The best way to increase stakeholder engagement that ... Continue Reading

Ricardo Sastre
Head of PMO - Digital Telco Experience at Telefonica Digital

Why do stakeholders sometimes resist in sharing information?

If stakeholders resist in sharing information is because we have not done a proper identification, engagement and follow up of them. Stakeholders should be mapped based on their capacity to influence the project, and their attitude towards the project.
My recommendation is to follow the HCMBOK mapping criteria, where based on ... Continue Reading

Hani Hmedeh
Founder of Zmaestro ◼️ Consultant ◼️ Mentor |

Why do stakeholders sometimes resist in sharing information?

Stakeholders do not resit to share information! Stakeholders resit to a change, and as a result, they do not share information. 

In psychology, the concept of resistance to change refers to people experiencing emotional anxiety caused by the prospect of a transformation or change that is taking place. ... Continue Reading

Rita El Chammas
Project Manager

Why do stakeholders sometimes resist in sharing information?

Stakeholders, the essence of project! Their attitude, actions, and reactions contribute to the success of a project.
As any person, they behave differently based on their position (function, culture, situation,   values, interests, etc…) and perception of facts/information. These factors motivate or discourage a person from sharing information and make them sometimes to ... Continue Reading

Henrico Dolfing

Henrico Dolfing

I have written a number of articles for pmmagazine.

I have gotten to know the pmmagazine team as a group of passionate professionals who believe in sharing knowledge, and are interested in contributing to the project management community. Their vision of combining high quality articles from around the net, exclusive new articles, and voices from the community starts to shape more and more.

I am happy to be a contributor and consumer of this project, and I am looking forward to the continued success of pmmagazine. - Henrico Dolfing

Eman ElRashidy

Eman ElRashidy

For someone like me who is passionate about project management, my contributions were always to the closed network around me, PM magazine allowed me to go outside my comfort zone and share my thoughts with a larger audience and gave me the opportunity to express my opinion without any intervention or bias.

PM magazine is keen to get input from different backgrounds encouraging diversity and different opinions to be shared through its window to ensure adding value and sharing knowledge to the project management community.

Happy first anniversary PM Magazine, may you always be successful and be the voice of project managers for the project managers!

Luiz Paulo Bloise

Luiz Paulo Bloise

For a project to be successful it needs people. Engaged and motivated people who believe in the same thing and the same goals and who are prepared to solve all the problems that a project run into. To be prepared for the various problems that we will face in a project, resources like are an excellent source of knowledge and exchange of ideas. Thanks to the many articles created by project managers from different parts of the world and shared through the online magazine, we can learn more about the challenges and achievements that each faced and that can help us reach our goals on our own projects.

Thank you pmmagazine for giving us this wonderful tool.

Grace Windsor

Grace Windsor

All project managers are short on time, making a one-stop resource like PM Magazine invaluable! The team at PM Magazine are doing a brilliant job of creating a place to quickly access practical project management guidance and expert tips. I really enjoyed contributing to a recent edition and look forward to future content.

Raluca Mitan

Raluca Mitan

My name is Raluca and I learned that we are capable of anything we would like to achieve. We set out goals based on our passions and talents, feelings and wishes. It is said that when you set up a goal, the whole Universe will help you reach it. For me, a piece of the Universe is called PM Magazine and thanks to the GREAT Team, I managed to achieve my goals.

But how do they do it?
Easy, through Yes, And… Some of you already know that Yes, And .. are the two most important words on which progress and evolution are based. Yes we are open for new ideas, And together we build upon them to achieve collective creativity and useful outcomes.
PM Magazine Team said Yes, we like your ideas, And we can support you and proposed even more. The Team was open to our thoughts (together with Jonathan Ray) and were flexible to CHANGE their web appearance... Continue Reading

Milvio DiBartolomeo

Milvio DiBartolomeo

Proud to be associated with, a leading project portfolio management forum - with no equal - where project portfolio management professionals from across the world share their knowledge, experiences and insights. A great feature of is that each month a different portfolio, programme, project or agile topic is explored by different authors; with favourite quotes published to challenge preconceived thoughts.

Yuri Ficher

Yuri Ficher

I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to share my article in the last May issue. It is really nice to have an initiative like yours to help spread the word on Project Management best practices, opinions and ideas.

I also take this opportunity to continue offering my support, providing articles for the next editions, when they are suitable. is an incredible tool, that provides amazing insights by giving the opportunity for great professionals around the world to share their experiences and ideas with the international project management community. In a moment like the one we are living, when the Project Management is passing through a major change in its concepts, is always good to have a reliable source of reference to go on and receive some insight to support your decisions.

Also, the idea of serving as a “hub” of articles, concentrating great quality contents in a single website... Continue Reading

Oliver Yarbrough

Oliver Yarbrough

I've had the pleasure of collaborating with the team at PM Magazine to publish some of my most popular articles. Additionally, I've enjoyed reading articles from other featured authors in the magazine. I look forward to continuing to work with them to bring relevant topics to the global project management community.