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Gimmie a ‘Y’!

There’s a new generation in town…are you Xers prepared to lead Generation Y? There’s a whole new set of rules to learn, and adapting to a new leadership style is critical. Here’s some help in leading Gen Y…and beyond.

7 Collaboration Competencies

Conflict on a project can be a force for constructive change, but an adversarial management style can erode a team’s trust. Understanding this key distinction is part of effective project leadership. Here are seven core teambuilding competencies that all project leaders should own — or start working on developing.

Wanted: Leaders

Project managers are valuable because of their ability to plan, organize and direct mission-critical initiatives to meet organizational goals. But management skills alone don’t ensure success. Leadership is a critical component to successfully guiding a team to the finish line.

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Keeping the workforce performing well during continuing resource and budget constraints is a leadership skill that will help grow your career (and keep you employed). It’s time to embrace the power of being the bearer of bad news.

Do Good: Risk Response

A burgeoning project management community is helping Bangladesh prepare for a range of natural disasters, slowly transforming a reactive leadership model into a solid risk-assessment culture.

The Outsiders

Does your project need outside help? You’ll need to consider a few things before making your pitch to the necessary senior leadership and actually bringing in an outside consultant. Here, we cover some key considerations.

Deming, the PM (Pt. 6)

Project managers should practice servant leadership — micromanaging kills the soul of a project team. This includes sharing all relevant information with team members, and helping them grow professionally and personally. PMOs can help.

Leading to Success

To enhance performance and get a jump on their competitors, companies no longer need managers, they need leaders. Leadership has become a widely examined topic of academic research, especially within business schools. There is now a substantial body of research and literature on all aspects of leadership: what it is, how it influences the behavior of individuals and groups, and how it achieves its effects. Here we take a look at leadership competencies and project results.

Report Highlights C-Suite Strategy Implementation Shortcomings

PMI’s report on “Why Good Strategies Fail” shines a compelling light on competency issues amongst C-suite executives when it comes to turning strategy into operational reality. Learn about the core issues in play and what corrective actions could remedy this growing disconnect between leadership teams and operational realities.

Getting a Grip on Chaos, Part 1: It Takes a Quantum Mindset to Lead an Extreme Project

In today’s increasingly complex project world, more and more project managers are finding themselves riding an extreme project. Yet few possess the leadership skills, mindset and temperament to succeed. In this two-part series, we’ll outline what it takes to be a successful eXtreme project leader. In Part 1, we’ll cover the quantum mindset and contrast it with the opposite (Newtonian) mindset.

Virtual Team Strategies

Are you a virtual leader of diverse teams and multiple projects across various time zones? Let’s review what defines a virtual team, along with challenges, opportunities and tips for strategic leadership approaches.

Read All About It

Here’s the June 2006 roundup of recently published books recommended by and for project professionals — five titles that address a range of top-of-mind topics, including project sponsorship, software performance measures, leadership versatility and more.

The Communication Triangle (Part 2)

For a project to be successful, the communication triangle should be respected. In Part 2, we look at how perception and personal filters are used by people–and we discuss culture and leadership styles.

Leverage the 11 Change Roles for Success

Change is a team sport, and there are many different roles for people to play. With this in mind, the author has created a list to identify the 11 roles that are important to the forming of a balanced and successful change leadership team.

Masters of Servitude: Giving Up Control Doesn’t Mean Losing Control

By their very nature, leaders, are supposed to lead the way. But sometimes embracing the qualities of a good follower can make a more effective leader.

So-called “servant leaders” focus on the needs of their teams rather than adhering to a top-down hierarchy centered on commands barked from the upper echelons. For project managers, the leadership style can help secure buy-in from team members by playing to their particular talents.

Lessons Learned with Microsoft Project (Part 1)

People who demonstrate leadership abilities are often granted the title of “project manager” without any formal training on tools and technique. To help improve overall project technique, this series looks at the top 10 lessons learned using MS-Project. Up first, understand the different views and tables in MS-Project.

Rethinking the ‘O’ in PMO

There’s a role in danger of getting lost with the current focus on corporate value and strategic leadership: the idea of creating an environment for the growth and support of project execution within the organization. Let’s shift the focus away from the “office” part and more on the “project management” part of PMO.

Former PMI CEO Joins IIL

Greg Balestrero will promote awareness of “corporate consciousness” and advise the project management training provider on the development of new programs that focus on leadership and accountability .

Now, That’s a Good Story!

There is a growing school of thought in the practice of leadership that we do not follow people. Instead, we commit to following stories that resonate with us. The story is the leader, not a person. What is your story? What story will others tell about your agile project? The questions are important because of the power of story.

Watermelon Projects

As organizations grow, senior leadership inevitably asks for more aggregated reporting; there is too much going on for them to know all the details. A popular version of this reporting is the stoplight: red, yellow, green. But when you reduce complex efforts into a single color, there can be a shocking loss of fidelity.

Read All About It…

Here’s our March 2010 roundup of recently published books recommended by and for project management professionals, including the latest thinking on leadership … a primer on earned scheduling performance … guides to business process improvement initiatives and preparing for PMI certifications … a business analysis glossary … and more.

Agile Outlook

The Agile Project Leadership Network and its Declaration of Interdependence can help you meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Agile 2006

The recent conference and exhibition proved that agile development, management and leadership is here to stay, and a survey found some key findings in the industry.

From Manager to Strategic Leader

As managers transition into strategic leadership roles, support systems and training are critical to their future success. Along the way, they must shift their focus in five broad areas, including from specialist to visionary, and from production to outcomes.

Seven Successful Habits of Effective Software Leaders

It’s easy to find a million ways that software managers can fail with their teams and their projects. This article prioritizes seven practical leadership tips and techniques that can help build great teams that consistently deliver great projects. And these habits are so simple, you can put them into practice immediately!

Book Review: Leading Virtual Project Teams

You can see the handwriting on the wall: Virtual project management will be in your future, if not already a reality, and you are looking for some guidance so that you can front-load yourself and your team for success. Leading Virtual Project Teams: Adapting Leadership Theories and Communications Techniques to 21st Century Organizations can help.

PM Candidates, Personality Tests

Many companies are incorporating personality assessments into the hiring process to gauge cultural fit, leadership potential and other elusive factors. Here an organizational development expert discusses the value of these tests, a tip for weeding out unreliable ones, and a 10-point checklist (plus three questions) that can help identify promising project managers and team members.

No Authority, No Problem

Project managers are often described as leaders without authority. It is a role that relies on influence rather than formal power. But what some may view as a professional handicap is actually an opportunity to engage in true leadership based on self-awareness, awareness of others, and clearly articulated values.

Spotting PM Vampires

While scientific evidence may be lacking, there are indications that vampires do in fact exist. Be on the lookout for four traits that may prove some project managers’ leadership style is more in line with those crafty bloodsuckers.

Off the Beaten PM Path

Technical competency is not enough in a complex, competitive global marketplace. Project and program managers need leadership and business intelligence skills that support the strategic objectives of their organizations, says Nicholas Errico, author of a field guide that presents a fresh perspective to delivering value.

Independence Day

A significant part of project leadership is providing meaningful opportunities to team members to develop and demonstrate their full potential. But it can be a challenge to balance the need to focus on the work at hand with their desire to pursue new roles and responsibilities. A presentation to stakeholders is a good place to start.

Becoming an Agile Leader

As an organization transitions to Agile, executives play a key role. And they too must transition, modifying their leadership approaches as well as their operating methods. It takes dedication and work, and even the best may fall into bad habits if not careful.

Are You Only as Good as Your Last Project?

Project management is very competitive today no matter what industry you are in. How do you set yourself apart from the competition? Let’s explore different project approaches, continuous improvement for project leadership, trends for new project roles and methods, expert insights and views on how project retrospectives are the new “lessons learned.”

Innovation Doesn’t Just Happen

In business environments where success is dependent on innovation, project leadership requires flexibility, inquisitiveness and creativity. But it starts at the top, where senior executives must champion a culture unafraid of change, risk-taking and, yes, even the occasional mistake. Projects@Work interviews the CEO of the American Management Association.

A PMO-asis in the Silicon Desert

A few years ago, IT projects at the City of Chandler were beset by delays and inefficiencies. But a newly established PMO helped drive implementation of several common-sense practices, and now the city’s IT steering committee takes a proactive leadership role in prioritizing, terminating and improving projects.

The Monty Python Project Manager: And Now for Something Completely Different

The Monty Python project manager is a model for the new generation of creative collaboration leadership. The author looks at four movies that encapsulate the project management process and discovers lessons on how to generate ideas that are completely different, motivate teams on a quest to deliver the holy project grail, inspire them in times of adversity to look on the bright side of project life, and find true rewards and meaning in their work.

Maintain Credibility

Leadership requires trust from the team. It can’t be earned overnight, but it can be destroyed very quickly. To maintain credibility, leaders must live up to the team’s expectations while recognizing and addressing their weaknesses.

Top 3 Benefits of Scrum Transition

During an organization’s transition to Scrum, significant benefits can become apparent early on, as everyone learns the principles and processes of Agile management, including stronger communication, transparency and leadership.

Determining Whether to Fund Your Next Agile Project

Too many projects, and not enough money or resources to do them all! We need to make prioritized decisions to determine which projects to fund. Chances are that you are in a software leadership role and can’t make the final determination alone; but your expertise will certainly be called upon to help make that determination. This article presents tips that can assist you in making those “fateful” project decisions.

Training a Psycho PM

Projects need resolute leadership, which emphasizes the importance of project management decisions. They can make a project successful, but they can also make a project fail. That is why obscure human heuristics (mental disposition) and biases (personal inclinations) are so important. PMs need to know how these can influence decisions, along with firmly commanding traditional decision-making techniques.

The PMO Imperative

Project Management Institute has launched a five-report thought-leadership series on strategic initiative management that examines the shifting role of PMOs from process to value delivery.

Executive Report February 2005

Welcome to the second issue of ProjectsAtWork’s Executive Report (Vol. 1, No. 2), the monthly newsletter for senior managers engaged in high-level, enterprisewide project leadership. In this installment, we present guidelines for keeping projects tied to business objectives throughout the lifecycle … suggest that enterprise process maturity is more about responsibility and honesty than control … and explore the outsourcing option for certain project management functions. Also: a white paper on completing the IT value equation.

Moving Talent Acquisition to the PMO

Should business leadership move hiring and recruitment into the project management organization? Based on the similarities found between his talent acquisition experience and current training, this author says yes—and shares the potential benefits.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being…Simple

Most of us in project management and software leadership roles have to contend with the degree of detail and control we choose to use with our project team and stakeholders. One expert maintains that there is a way to strike just the right level of project management–and it is affectionately called “Jus’ E’Nuff” (thank you, Jethro Bodine!).

Project Controls Expertise: Foundational to Successful EPPM Implementation

In recent years, executive leadership has come to a realization: The traditional “point of delivery” decision-making process for which project management practices to apply across thousands of ongoing projects, in multiple geographies and across different sectors is not achieving business goals. Read how one company affected change.

Peak Performance

Mountains–and projects–are conquered one step (and one day) at a time. Mountain climbing provides evocative metaphors for overcoming challenges and achieving objectives. If you accept that project management is fundamentally about getting your team to work together to surmount terrible adversity, moving one step at a time toward a shared and common objective, then mountaineering provides an ideal setting to learn about leadership. Here’s a guide on how to lead your team to the top.

Power to the People Skills

While delivering projects on time, scope and budget are key parts of every project, success ultimately comes down to the right people doing the work. This article discusses how organizations can gauge people skills and identify red flags in potential job candidates during the hiring process. In doing so, it reports the results of the 2012 Workplace Issues Report–conducted by Six Seconds–showing that those who use emotional intelligence as a basis for leadership outperform their peers by 32 percent in leadership effectiveness and development. It notes how technical skills are easier to determine during an interview than soft skills. Before identifying which skills to target in an interview, you must first define the high-performing project manager for your particular organization. Once you know the skills you’re targeting, you can identify the right questions to ask in an interview. It then lists five questions that can be used during an interview with a potential project professional to determine if he or she possesses the people skills you seek. The article then identifies warning signs that may be observed in potential candidates. It notes that warning signs of subpar communication skills can be detected by paying attention to body language, voice and tone. Accompanying the article is a sidebar discussing the value of people skills.

Executive Report September 2005

Welcome to ProjectsAtWork’s Executive Report (Vol. 1, No. 9), the newsletter for professionals engaged in high-level, enterprisewide project leadership. In this issue, we look at how an organization has created a benefits realization infrastructure and culture … offer four best practices for building an accessible and effective PMO … and share a report’s recommendations for centralizing IT operations at the state level that might spark discussions in the private sector, too.

The End of Magical Thinking

Adaptive leadership is a critical skill for succeeding in a post-recession economy. It includes being willing to rewrite the rules of the game, realign project portfolios and redefine the work people do. Here are some solid suggestions for applying it to your organization’s PPM efforts.

What It Takes to Lead

Leaders are made, not born. Here, leadership development expert Al Bolea discusses the two crucial “gateways” into leadership mastery … the importance of aligning your message and performance metrics … and the problem of “serial reorganizers” who create “zombie syndrome.”

Strategic PMOs: Process to Value

A new thought-leadership series from the Project Management Institute seeks to elevate project management offices to a strategic level. A recently released report by the Economist Intelligence Unit kicks off the series, documenting the critical link between projects and strategy.

PILOT Your Team

Do some of your team members sit in meetings like they’re on a plane stuck on the runway? It may be time to “PILOT” instead of merely manage them. This method incorporates potential, implementation, leadership, optimization and tenacity to inspire team members to contribute and become more involved and invested in the organization.

Go Team’ vs. ‘Go Away’

Project managers are leaders by definition, but sometimes good leadership can mean stepping back to let your team chart the course–but usually not. These recently fired Trump wannabes learned the hard way that team management is critical to project success.

Executive Report April 2005

Welcome to ProjectsAtWork’s Executive Report (Vol. 1, No. 4), the monthly newsletter for executives and managers engaged in high-level, enterprisewide project leadership. In this installment, we outline three actionable value-creating behaviors, including new standards for measuring performance … nominate some important indicators that can’t be viewed on your red-yellow-green project dashboard … and explore the bottom-line consequences of not truly integrating time data throughout your portfolio of initiatives. Also: a primer on IT governance from Troux Technologies.

PMXPO 2012 Schedule

10:30 a.m. ET — PMXPO 2012 opens!
11-12:15 a.m. ET – Keynote Presentation: CSI: Projects by David Berman and Jon Wellner

12:15-12:30 ET – Keynote Sponsor: Microsoft Tools for Project Collaboration Success

12:30-12:45 ET – Booth Time

12:45-1:45 ET – Session 1: Most Valuable Certifications: A Recipe for Your Perfect Alphabet Soup

1:45-2:15 – Booth Time

2:15-3:15 ET – Session 2: Brave New World of PPM: What We Need, Why We Need It and How To Get There

3:15-3:30 ET – Session Sponsor: How Collaboration is Changing the PPM World by CA

3:30-3:45 ET – Booth Time

3:45-4:45 – Session 3: Going For Gold: Delivering Successfully Despite Uncertainty

4:45-5 ET – Session Sponsor: Can Projects Run 20-50% Faster? by Realization Technologies

5-5:15 ET – Booth Time

5:15-6:15 ET – Session 4: Efficiency vs. Effectiveness: Defining a CXO’s Bottom Line

6:15-6:30 ET – Session Sponsor: Combining Enterprise Efficiency with Project Effectiveness by Oracle

6:30-6:45 ET – Booth Time

6:45-7:45 ET – Session 5: Managing Agility: Embracing the Benefits of Agile Leadership

7:45-8 ET – Booth Time

8-8:15 ET – Closing Remarks: PMXPO 2012 in Review

8:15-8:30 ET – Booth Time/Show Closes

Leading Through Complexity

Leadership gaps arise as projects trend toward higher complexity. It will take some significant new skills to succeed in complex near-future projects. When you succeed with the workforce, however, much of the complexity evaporates.

Tough Things First

Silicon Valley’s longest serving CEO Ray Zinn says that focusing on “culture, kindness and discipline” are how his semiconductor company survived the booms and busts commonplace in the tech industry. Here, he shares his thoughts on leadership, the current startup scene, and the concept of regret.

Traits Great Leaders Share (Part 1 of 2)

This two-part story covers leadership on two levels. The first is the big-picture populist take; the second part burrows down to why PMs ought to work on their leadership skills so they can come pretty close to guaranteeing a project’s success. Find out if you’ve got what it takes.

Past Due

By studying some of early U.S. history’s important leaders, guiding principals and lessons emerge that can be applied to modern business management: preparation, perseverance, a common framework, leadership with action, and the readiness to seize opportunities, wherever and whenever they may arise.

Achieving Project Manager Greatness

Knowing project management principles, tools and fundamentals is important, but many project managers who have mastered these things have failed. So what differentiates the good project managers from the great ones? Leadership, of course! Let’s take a look at the qualities that can make you an even better PM…

Both Sides Now

What do you do when your team’s view is at odds with your organization’s perspective? It would seem like a no-win situation for even the most experienced project managers, but it can be an opportunity to demonstrate true leadership. Here are three steps to diffusing the conflict and providing value.

Top 10 PM Trends for 2011

The project manager’s critical success factor will be leadership skills, according to a global panel of consultants and senior executives assembled by ESI International.

Where Credit Is Due

What’s more common on your projects: a “thumbs up” or finger-pointing? The ability to compliment, sincerely and fairly, is an important but overlooked dimension of leadership. And in pressurized environments, praise can go a lot further than criticism in motivating and energizing teams.

Tool Shop: ElectricFlow

Two new continuous delivery solutions promise to accelerate and automate software build, test and deployment activities for all types of organizations, with greater usability from mobile and desktop devices. It’s part of Electric Cloud’s ambitious vision to advance modern software delivery though technology and thought leadership.

Ensuring PMO Success

Despite their high failure rate, PMOs have the potential to deliver numerous benefits to the enterprise. Unfortunately, many PMOs fail. So what can executive leadership do to ensure success?

How to Be a Good Employee (with Pictures) – BestSkills

How to Be a Good Employee. Being a successful employee is similar to running a sole proprietorship with low risk and limited customers. You listen around for what your primary customers (leadership) wants to get out of you. Then, you learn…

5 Ways to Be a Good Leader – BestSkills

How to Be a Good Leader. Good leaders must be good role models, knowledgeable in their fields, and worthy of respect. There are many ways to lead, whether it’s by taking on a leadership role at work, or being the captain of your sports…

How to Play Lap Tag: 10 Steps (with Pictures) – BestSkills

How to Play Lap Tag. Lap Tag is a fun and exciting game to play in large groups of people. Whether you’re at a party, hosting a leadership conference, or just bored with a few friends on a hot day, Lap Tag can be played anywhere. Gather up…

5 Ways to Be a Dominatrix – BestSkills

How to Be a Dominatrix. A dominatrix takes the leadership role in a sensual or sexual relationship, and her partner (the sub or submissive) agrees to comply with all wishes and orders. Be a dominatrix by taking sexual control, respecting…

3 Ways to Date a Capricorn Woman – wikiHow

How to Date a Capricorn Woman. Born from the 21st of December to the 20th of January, Capricorns are all about ambition, leadership, personal drive, and directness. However, when it comes to dating a Capricorn woman, things aren’t quite so…

15 Phrases Great Leaders Never Say

Strong leadership requires effective communication. Here are fifteen phrases leaders never say when making changes and building a tribe.

Long Live your Calendar

I have discovered that there is some degree of productivity training necessary in virtually every kind of management and leadership coaching I do. Coaching

Book Review: The 360 Degree Leader

A John C. Maxwell book published by Nelson Business 2005, 313 pages, Nonfiction, Business, Leadership and Personal Development, Includes bibliographical re

Staff for Your Weaknesses

E-Leadership has a good reminder for us all: our weaknesses aren’t to be dwelled upon. Instead, we might consider building connections to folks who are str

Lead, Follow, and Get Out of the Way

Leadership seems to be on everyone’s minds one these days. Educators talk about “teaching leadership”, religious and charitable organizations host “leaders

Elements of Great Managing

Kent Blumberg writes on leadership strategy from a tactical perspective–which is very much in accordance with the GTD approach so popular around these par