Have a Big Project? Start Here

Kevin Eikenberry

There is much written about (and worth learning about) project planning and goal achievement. You can learn many strategies and approaches to help your projects be successful and your goals be reached.

Projects and Team Goals. Are we done yet?

Mike Cardus

One challenge of project and and team work is deciding when we are done. How will we know that we are done with this project and can move on? Often the response is We are done when we have achieved the goal(s) we established. Have we accomplished our goals?

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Managing projects effectively

Lead on Purpose

In general, a project is defined as an activity or endeavor that has a definite start and end date, and is done to achieve certain goals or objectives. The common stages of a project include Initiation, Planning, Execution, Control and Completion. A project is also run by a project manager, who is responsible for the day-to-day execution of tasks, and is often appointed by the project owner or sponsor. Define Project Scale and Scope.

Discard and Replenish: What Will You Stop Doing in 2013?

Let's Grow Leaders

2013 will bring new challenges, exciting initiatives and inspiring ideas. With that will come more work, new project plans, and of course new metrics and reporting. The new initiatives will come [.] The post Discard and Replenish: What Will You Stop Doing in 2013? listening performance planning Questions Vision 2013 planning discard goal setting letting go visionYou had a great year… you worked hard, you achieved results, and learned along the way.

Picasso and Project Management

Strategy Driven

So what does any of this have to do with Project Management? The common theme from the above is with projects themselves. Just like art, there are projects that have major impacts on society, like the Sistine Chapel (Pyramids, Moon landings, etc.). While other types of projects are more the paint by numbers type. Projects (and Project Managers) also have many different ways to reach the end goal. Projects are works of art and not scientific theory.

Six Disciplines Adds Strategy, Goal-Setting and Project Management to Microsoft Outlook

Six Disciplines

Six Disciplines gives you the capability to create strategy, manage plans, set goals, and manage projects - all within Microsoft Outlook. . Access your organization''s goals, plans, initiatives, projects, action Items, and tasks - seamlessly from your desktop, laptop, and smartphone. . You probably already work in Microsoft Outlook – all day, every day. It helps you manage your email, your calendar, your contacts, your to-do list. .

Managerial-Leadership Case Study: Contextual Goals Matter

Mike Cardus

Contextual Goals Matter. If the goals are too small people feel micromanaged. If the goals are too large people are lost and unsure what to do, macromanaged. Properly delegated Contextual Goals are Goldilocks Goals …They cannot be too big or too small.

How Need to Succeed Holds Back

Leadership Freak

Courage Fear Insecurity Personal Growth Success Taking others higher helping others Leadership Development leadership success personal success project goals The up side of the need to succeed is hard work and passion. The down side of the need to succeed is it blocks lasting achievment. Needy leaders choose short-term success over medium or long-term wins. Needy leaders: Make fear based decisions based on protecting themselves. Hold back others rather than release.

Results vs. Process. Achieving Goals While Improving the Work

Mike Cardus

How are your processes driving the goals you work to achieve? The need to have people fall in love with the process of working to achieve goals as opposed to the goal itself will allow quick change and more innovation.

Starting a Successful Team Project. Tips for the initial team meeting

Mike Cardus

Team projects succeed of purpose. Give people on the team the chance to get to know one another, build trust , voice expectations and goals, establish credentials, discuss roles , raise concerns, and understand why they are on the team plus why the other people are on the team.

Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Images Used in Presentations & Workshops

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Images Used in Workshops and Presentations 2013. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen.

Making Feedback A Gift For Your Employees

Tanveer Naseer

Effective feedback also provides a source of encouragement to employees that they have the ability to achieve these goals being mapped out, along with the support they’ll need to be successful in their efforts.

The First Thing Leaders Need to Do When Leading a Big Change

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Phil Buckley : Most leaders will lead their organizations through multiple big change projects. The first thing leaders need to ask themselves is, “What do I bring to the project?” Review past change projects they have led and what they learned from them.

Defiant Faith and Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Coaching Leadership Development Self Leadership You are heading full steam toward your goals and vision. Undeterred, you rally your team to focus on the vision for inspiration, and the projects at hand for the momentum.

Goals and do you know what you are supposed to do?

Mike Cardus

Goals and do you know what you are supposed to do ? With the goals. Remaining Engaged and Self-Directed stems from goals that are known, shared and defined. Agreed goals are important now what?

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Multi dimensional goal setting

Jason Womack

Is a goal you have set for the next 6-18 months clear? Here are some ideas to make goals that are multi dimensional, and that ultimately draw you toward them. During that #CoffeeChat or lunchtime, share your process of working toward one of your goals. So, it may seem intuitive to write down your upcoming projects. Get" it : When write something down, when you cut out a picture of that goal you're moving toward you engage another "working style."

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How to Encourage Team Members to Lead

Lead on Purpose

Forbes.com defines leadership as “a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal.” By encouraging others to lead, you can more easily achieve company goals and create a nurturing, supportive work environment. Allowing people to co-lead projects reduces anxiety and creates a more positive leadership experience by giving team members someone to lean on for assistance. Guest post by Lindsay Traiman.

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Are you stuck in a sheep cyclone?

Survive Your Promotion

Cancel Meetings – The best way to get out of a rut caused by meetings is to cancel them and then reform (if you need to) with a fresh agenda and a new set of goals. End a Failing Initiative – Sometimes a project has died but no one wants to admit it.

25 Coaching Questions to Create your 2013 Leadership Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

What are some challenging assignments or projects, both on the job and outside of work that would give you an opportunity to learn and apply these new competencies? How can you find a good course, a book, articles, websites, blogs, podcasts, and other learning resources related to your learning goals? What resources and support do you need to achieve your goals?

The Time is Now to Become an Entrepreneur

Mills Scofield

Ilan , Founder of The Founder Project , is no exception and I can''t wait for The Founder Project to come stateside! Our goal is to raise enough money so we can begin investing $10,000-$15,000 into student companies.

3 ways to build your business (as a speaker)

Jason Womack

I'm amazed at the connections that abound; that within moments we can find out about someone doing amazing work, within days we can connect and explore those things we have in common; and, within weeks we can produce a project together. Small Business Success in 2013.

If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen

Mike Cardus

If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen: They get promoted. What are you the manager doing for all the team members who come to work on time every day, complete their task on time, are consistently supportive of your goals and work?

4 Design Thinking Tools for Engaging Your Team

Leading Blog

Applying the tools of design thinking to help your team conquer its goals doesn''t mean hunkering down on your own with an org chart in a dimly lit office to devise the perfect execution strategy. There are different stages in a project.

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Collaboration is the Key to Providing Consistent Brand Value

Leading Blog

The key to providing consistent value, despite the obstacles you will inevitably encounter, is to build a culture of collaboration where everyone''s goal is to delight the customers and ensure their swift return.

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Education? Innovation? Do - Learn - Do - Learn

Mills Scofield

Victor’s Leap Year Project “Masters Program” is the wave of the future. My work with students and the building project made me curious about further education in business, design, and social impact. Aron Solomon introduced me to Victor Saad and that was all it took.

Quiet Time: The Introvert’s 5 Keys To Influence


Take a look at the new book by this author, Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference (Berrett-Koehler, April 2013); I find myself pumping my fist and saying “yes!” By Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

Leading for a Higher Purpose

General Leadership

The famous picture of five marines and a navy corpsman struggling with bullets flying, to raise the flag atop Mount Suribachi on the tiny island of Iwo Jima in the middle of the Pacific Ocean perfectly captures the sense of momentum of six men straining toward a common goal.

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(The Return of) The Leadership Checklist: 10 Things To Do Right Now To Make It A Great Year

Terry Starbucker

Study Up - Make sure you take the time to study the details of your business or project plan for the year ahead. Fellow leaders, it’s that time of year again – time to dust off our leadership checklist, and get ‘em done.

The Honest Truth About Teams

Lead from Within

Every organization in every industry pursues ambitious projects, works hard to get and serve clients and customers, and tackles new markets, new ideas, and new innovation. Strategy and goals: Top-performing teams need a clearly defined strategy, plan, and goals.

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Boston Strong

General Leadership

Our strength, we know, is in the team working together toward a common goal. Take, for example, even some of the more mundane practices, such as parade-ground drills, formation runs, and training projects geared to collective problem solving.

Make a list of “to becomes”


As you consider that big global project that you need to start (the “to do”), think about the impact that listening better (the “to become”) can have on its’ success. How might better listening help you to assure the success of that project?

What Managers Are Looking For In Tomorrow’s Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

We are all on a team, working on projects to accomplish goals that will push our companies forward. The following is guest piece by Dan Schawbel. When I used to work in a Fortune 200 company, I always wondered what it took to get ahead at work.

How To Embrace Change In Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

What the crows’ example reveals is the concrete value we can gain from instilling a learning culture within our organization so we can stretch our creativity and insights, and in the process, develop innovative approaches for how we can reach our shared goals.

StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – The Ugly Truth About Partisan Public Project Labor Agreements

Strategy Driven

Public project labor agreements (PLAs) provide another hurdle, unless their employees choose to pay union dues. Bush’s prohibition on the requirement for project labor agreements on federal projects.

Meeting Zombies. How to Avoid Your Brain Being Eaten

Mike Cardus

The team leader / project manager being prepared for the meeting. This can be accomplished by having a project charter or a shared communication document that defines the ‘why are we here’ and the ‘what are the end goals’.

Re-Imagining New Leadership Possibilities in 2014:

The Empowered Buisness

Both of these visions are sadly bland and generic that they could have been thought of by high school students as a homework exercise for their economics project. Big, bold goals are actually easier, more fulfilling and a heck more exciting to achieve than small goals.

5 Leadership Lessons: The Manager and the Monk

Leading Blog

On Culture : Regarding culture, in my opinion, the most important leadership goals include integration, an open exchange of ideas, building confidence, and striving for greater equality. I realize that I must protect myself against such projections, for they are not good for me. If I were to identify myself with these projections, I would become blind to my weaknesses and would come to a standstill.

28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Art Petty , from Management Excellence Blog , says “One of the consistent gaps I see in many leaders is a lack of experience with and understanding of the concepts and tools of project management. Welcome to the September edition of the Leadership Development Carnival !

The Trouble with Control

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Jen Shirkani : I write about the damage done when, as leaders, we don’t fully allow employees to have control over their tasks, projects or budgets. Many of these leaders are well intentioned, they do just want to help their direct reports or expedite progress toward a goal.

Executive Presence: What’s Your “Talk Track”?

Great Leadership By Dan

My goal was to get him to stop “catastrophizing” when something didn’t work out. So I told him that the only way to do that is to turn up the volume on a very different talk track—one that captures the brand and presence that you want to project.

050: Keys to Personal Productivity | with Erik Fisher

Engaging Leader

Erik and Jesse discuss the common themes Erik has seen after conducting so many interviews about personal productivity, including: Goals and priorities. App: Toodledo used by Jesse in combination with the 1MTD approach and with Basecamp for team projects.

The Most Overused Word in Business

In the CEO Afterlife

Such aspirations are goals or objectives. Tim Cook and Steve Jobs before him were adamant in saying “no” to thousands of projects so that they could focus on the few that were truly meaningful to Apple. Strategy has to be one of the most misused words in business.

Being The Hare

Survive Your Promotion

The many projects and passions that I’ve been excited about over all these years have started to hang together. The other night I was out at dinner with my brother and we started talking about careers and goals. photo credit: wolfpix.

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