What’s Missing in Project Management Training

Kevin Eikenberry

The truth is there is probably as much training available on project management as there is on any leadership topic or skill I could ever write about here. Change Leadership Empowerment Leadership Leadership Communication Learning project management projects

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.

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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.

Do You Really Finish Your Projects?

Kevin Eikenberry

I mean no disrespect here, but my bet is, based on my experience and observation, that you don’t completely finish your projects. Achievement Leadership Leadership Communication Learning Manage Projects Success finishing strong

Top 10 Posts from 2013

Nathan Magnuson

2013 featured a Leadership Profiles series and Powerful Questions series in addition to everyday leadership content. Here are the top 10 posts from 2013. Isn’t there a way to manage a project without micro managing each person?

The June 3rd, 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the June 3rd, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! presents High Performing Organizations Manage Change Well. John Hunter from Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog. David Burkus from LDRLB presents In Praise of Middle Managers.

Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared?

Chart Your Course

While the National Center for Education Statistics is projecting nearly 1.8 million students to be graduating with bachelor’s degrees this month, a study by Adecco Staffing found that 58% of hiring managers are not planning to hire any of these new grads. By Ashley Bowers.

How to Not Be “That” Manager

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership Managers of people can get a bad rap. You receive a series of emails from your boss on the XYZ Project. Leadership Development Self Leadership emotional intelligence Management people management Self Development

9 management lessons from 13th and Violet

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Career Development Change Management Community Involvement Leadership Coaching During and after the recent Boulder flooding, emergency officials asked people to stay home. Author information Leigh Steere Co-founder, Managing People Better, LLC—a management research firm/think tank.

Project Management – What is Critical Chain?

Strategy Driven

Successful project managers know that the success of their project hinges on the development of a solid plan, the diverse consideration of integration challenges, and the right evaluation of resources. You just finished reading Project Management - What is Critical Chain? !

Project Management Best Practice 11 – Project Performance Executive Dashboards

Strategy Driven

Most managers would acknowledge that the use of efficient metrics is a key component to the successful planning, tracking, and execution of projects. Although the definition of those efficient metrics can be relatively easy when the project is small in schedule and resource size, the task can be much more challenging when considering the proper tracking metrics for a larger project. Project Management Warning Flag 5 – Fast Tracking Everything.

When does a project justify using change management tools?

Change Starts Here

One of the participants in the Design & Influence Irresistible Change webinar series recently asked, “When does a project justify using change management tools?” What support does the project need from leaders?

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Complimentary Resource – Emerging Trends in Project Management

Strategy Driven

Emerging Trends in Project Management. Implementing project management soft skills into your projects will become increasingly important over the next several years; opening your mind to these emerging trends will open your door to new opportunities.

Leadership Caffeine: 4 Common Project Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

Management Excellence

The team or project leader’s responsibility is not to find a way to squash the variance in personalities, but rather to foster the right environment for people who are different to come together and perform.

Advice: Manage Well by Leading Better

N2Growth Blog

Management is your day job; leadership is your career. That is a variation on a comment I heard recently from an executive who was speaking about the responsibilities that senior managers have to lead their organizations through change.

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2013 Trends and The Power of Women

Women on Business

president of Simon Associates Management Consultants. I was recently asked to think about how 2013 trends will impact women in the work force and how women will impact the trends. But many of the trends are picking up speed now and should become even more pronounced in 2013.

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How to manage work loads during the summer

Women on Business

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Project Management or Project Leadership #pmot

Rapid BI

In the last couple of years we have been asked to run a number of “Introduction to project management” courses for people in businesses. But what transpired was they the either needed management skills training or more importantly project leadership development. Successful Project Management Successful project management in today’s business environment is increasingly complex. Project Management Model – SQERT.

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? Illustrating to teams and managers behavioral and work indicators you will see when the team and project is accomplished.

Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Articles

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Team Building & Leadership Articles 2013. Some good, some OK, some crap…Below are my favorite articles from 2013. Team Leader / Manager you are NOT a Mind-Reader.

What Managers Are Looking For In Tomorrow’s Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

No one ever spelled it out and there were no set expectations for becoming a manager at the company. The basis for my new book, “ Promote Yourself ”, is that I wanted to reveal the criteria that managers were using to evaluate employees for management roles.

Your Six Essential Project Review Questions

Eric Jacobson

Those authors, Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, recommend you ask the following six essential questions whenever you do a project review : What did we set out to do? And, these questions are important to ask even if there was no mistakes made during the project.

The Secret to Communicating with Executives

Let's Grow Leaders

Without executive support your project will fail. Your team’s counting on your to manage up well. Change Communication Execution communicating with executives communication executives leadership development project management

Creating employee engagement through culture and job design

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Career Development Change Management Leadership Coaching Team Dynamics Workplace Issues In a refreshing interview, CEO Jim Franklin shares his company’s views on employee engagement.

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Are You Leading… or Just Managing?

Lead on Purpose

A good worker gets promoted to manager, and maybe goes through a little management training. After a solid performance, that manager will be promoted to a leadership position, under the assumption that their management skills will make them good leaders. Too many organizations operate on the idea that great managers make great leaders, and vice versa. So are you a leader or a manager? Ultimately you are the “product leader” more than the manager.

2013 – Top Change Posts of the Year at Enclaria

Change Starts Here

Here’s a list of the most popular posts at Enclaria for 2013. When Does a Project Justify Using Change Management Tools? Five Jobs Made More Effective With Change Management. Implementing Change Management at ESPN – with Tonya Cornelius. APQC’s Change Management Spotlight: Battling the Status Quo (interview with APQC). Who Does What on Change Projects? Thank you for reading my blog this year!

Risk Management Best Practice 5a – Monitoring for Organization-Wide Performance Risk Associated with Large Capital Projects

Strategy Driven

Large capital projects represent a significant investment on the part of an organization and can therefore impact, either positively or negatively, the company’s financial position, if not its viability. Corporate Risk Analysis, Management, and Mitigation.

Innovation Requires Structure

Kevin Eikenberry

Creativity Innovation Leadership Learning Manage Projects Personal Development Idea problem solving This is the third Wednesday in a row I’ve written about innovation. Because it is important to us, personally and professionally.

Why Can’t You See The Big Picture?

Let's Grow Leaders

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What are You Feeding?

Kevin Eikenberry

Innovation Leadership Learning Manage Projects Personal Development Quotations Solving Problems opportunity Stephen Covey Last Friday, I featured a quotation from this great author. Today, another one from him.

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5 Leadership Lessons: The Manager and the Monk

Leading Blog

The Manager and the Monk is one of those books that comes along every now and again, that will shape and inspire your thinking. The book is essentially a conversation between Jochen Zeitz ( @JochenZeitz ), the former Chairman and CEO of Puma, and Father Anselm Grün , the financial manager of the Münsterschwarzach Abby near Würzburg, Germany. I realize that I must protect myself against such projections, for they are not good for me.

How to tackle a big project

Deep Imprints

I have a project that I’ve been avoiding for several weeks. Read More » Coaching discipline goals time managementTonight, I finally tackled it. I hate that feeling of impending work that I don’t want to do. It just saps the energy out of everything I do. Getting things done also creates its own energy -when you start to accomplish things, you find.

6 Questions To Ask When You Do A Project Review

Eric Jacobson

Those authors, Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, recommend you ask the following six essential questions whenever you do a project review : What did we set out to do? And, these questions are important to ask even if there was no mistakes made during the project.

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.

10 Penalties That I Would Call if I Were a Management Referee

Great Leadership By Dan

Unfortunately, when it comes to the workplace, there are no management referees. Managers get away with all kinds of fouls, with little or no consequences. What if we created a new job called a “Management Referee”? What penalties would you call as a management referee?

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

Mike Cardus

Team projects succeed of purpose. Project Manager / Team Leader – What to do. In the 1 st project team meeting, slow down and schedule some ‘get to know others time’. Project Manager / Team Leader explain why this team is together; Who is part of 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. 7 Principles of Leadership Development: Managers as Mentors. Management and Team Leadership Is Telling People What To Do.

What To Ask At The End Of A Project

Eric Jacobson

Those authors, Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, recommend you ask the following six essential questions whenever you do a project review : What did we set out to do? And, these questions are important to ask even if there was no mistakes made during the project.

3 Reasons You Should Ask Your Team More Questions

Lead Change Blog

Author information Mary Prescott Community Manager at WorkZone - Web based Project Management Software Mary Prescott is working as a community manager at WorkZone – A web-based project management software company.

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How Important is Employee Satisfaction?

Lead Change Blog

Almost everyone strives to become manager, team lead, or project leader. Posted in Leadership Development In the world of business, there’s no short supply of leadership. What really separates the great leaders and the common ones?

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

Six Disciplines

It helps you manage your email, your calendar, your contacts, your to-do list. . 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.

Information Underload: What Are You Missing?

Let's Grow Leaders

Communication confidence Empowerment Execution Trust communication empowerment information leadership project management “It’s entirely possible that you can process and file more information than anyone who has come before you.

Managing the Real


How often do we, as professionals and managers, get sucked into the whirlwind of status reports, new-initiatives-everyday, number crunching, endless meetings and presentations? Sometimes, the best management is to do simple and obvious things more effectively.