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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.
Cultural awareness is an important aspect of leadership in a global environment. Reviewing the nine dimensions of culture, with suggestions on how to benefit from these dimensions when managing teams with cultural differences, will enhance your projects and help you make a positive social contribution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
The Agile Project Leadership Network and its Declaration of Interdependence can help you meet the challenges of the 21st century.
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.
Use the features of Web meeting technology to deliver powerful, consistent messages to a global workforce. These seven tips and techniques will also help build confidence in your leadership ability.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Newbies” (and even some veterans) can gain a leadership edge by avoiding some common errors.
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.
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.”
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether from leadership changes or poor follow-up, organizational amnesia is inevitable.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
As our look at agile development concludes, we will take a more in-depth look at Scrum, XP, Flexible Project Management, the Agile Leadership Model, Agile Project Management, Adaptive Project Framework and Scalable Delivery Model.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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…
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 Train a Horse to Jump. The following will teach you how to train a horse to jump. Realize that before you even consider jumping you should have excellent flat work and unquestioned leadership at the three basic gaits. It is possible…
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…
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…
How to Win a Class Election. Getting involved in school politics is a great way to boost your resume, gain leadership experience, and make an impact on how your school operates. Campaigning can be some work and be time-consuming, but…
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…
How to Write a High School President Speech. If leadership is your destiny, then you need to be able to write a high school president speech. In the beginning, you will need a persuasive speech that will help you to win the election. Then,…
How to Make a Clan on Xbox Live. Whether it’s a competitive gaming clan or a community structure clan for pure fun and games. A clan is a great way to meet new people, improve your game, learn leadership roles that can help you out in real…
How to Be a Good Team Captain. It’s one thing to be a good team player, but it’s another to be a good captain. Few will have the opportunity to take such an important leadership role. If you are fortunate enough to become a team captain,…
Mark Zuckerberg’s 99% approval rating from Facebook employees is no fluke. Discover 10 of the young CEO’s leadership tricks in this article.
Strong leadership requires effective communication. Here are fifteen phrases leaders never say when making changes and building a tribe.
As I look back at this week’s postings on Slow Leadership, I notice that most of them were concerned with helping people stop wasting their time and energy
Real leadership consists of building connections rather than wielding supervisory titles.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. – Stephen Covey
Do you love going to work? Check out these 10 indicators of a happy workplace, from leadership to how coworkers treat each other to employment turn over.
No matter how awesome we are, we can’t thrive without excellent leadership.
Over Talking Story with Say Leadership Coaching, Rosa has a good new toy for killing procrastination – Self-Inking Date Stamper. How does this work? When s
Ed Batista, a leadership coach at Stanford, has a good tip today on “soft startups.” When I first read that, I thought it was referring to websites that go
Pope Francis is lauded as a great leader and one we can all learn leadership lessons from.
I have discovered that there is some degree of productivity training necessary in virtually every kind of management and leadership coaching I do. Coaching
A John C. Maxwell book published by Nelson Business 2005, 313 pages, Nonfiction, Business, Leadership and Personal Development, Includes bibliographical re
Being positive in a negative situation is not native. It’s leadership.
They helped us through childhood on television, but find out what characters from your favorite cartoons taught fearless leadership.
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
This is the last in a series of articles on becoming a great leader. It is a collection of the staples of great leadership and is compiled from many source
Leadership seems to be on everyone’s minds one these days. Educators talk about “teaching leadership”, religious and charitable organizations host “leaders
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
At the core of leadership are boundaries and borderlines. Leaders are great at enforcing rules they impose on themselves.
According to Inc.com, there are four leadership types. Each type of leader has his positive and negative characteristics. Which category do you fall into?