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 Don’t believe me? Google it. There is plenty of training available, plenty of experience with it, plenty of knowledge available. Of course, that doesn’t guarantee that we […].

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.

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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. Leadership Learning Manage Projects Personal Development Quotations confidence project management project success Samuel Johnson Self-confidence

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 The lack of completion comes on two levels. You give up before the finish line, and you put the finish line at the wrong place. What do I mean? We set a finish […].

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.

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. Regardless of the talent management and retention strategies you employ, this post shares three tips that will help you build a foundation of trust with your top performers.”. John Hunter from Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog. shares five ways to serve up respect to your team in Daily Ways to be a Mannerly Manager.

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? It’s been another great year for the Everyday Leadership site. Visitors stopped by from nearly every country. There’s a lot more to come in 2014 on a mostly bi-monthly schedule. Thanks for making it such a great year!

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 Sometimes it’s deserved. As an employee, can you relate to any of these scenarios? If he would have read through his inbox, he might see that all his questions are eventually answered. He wouldn’t [.].

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. Career Development Change Management Community Involvement Leadership Coaching Boulder Flood Relief coach employee engagement employee involvement Encourage

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.

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. However, is a good Gantt chart that is predicated on simply coordinating activities (steps) with the proper float and interdependencies adequate to ensure the successful execution phase of the project? The post Project Management – What is Critical Chain?

How to manage work loads during the summer

Women on Business

Human Resources Issues Management Project Management holiday time off project management We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] If you haven''t already done so, update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. link].

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?” My answer, in a nutshell, is that any project or initiative that will change the way people work warrants going through a change management thought process to understand the impact the change will have and how difficult it might be to influence people to make the changes.

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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. The technical aspects of managing projects notwithstanding, project managers are increasingly asked to lead the organization in transformative ways. by Global Knowledge.

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.

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. Here are four key mistakes to avoid as you seek to align your collection of challenging personalities around your project and pursue great performance.

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. As a female entrepreneur who has built a successful company over the past decade, I forced myself to look even further ahead and determine what might be coming, not just in 2013 but in the next five years or so. Her husband left his real estate firm to run her office and manage the company.

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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. Managers are expected to handle the workload; leaders are expected to determine what comes next. Management is a disciplinary process while leadership is an aspirational intention.

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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. Let’s make a list of all the successes we have experienced since we started this project. It seems obvious. Image Credit.

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. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen. 2 Reasons for Follow-Up, and Why Managers / Team Leaders Need to Follow-Up.

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!

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.

Why Can’t You See The Big Picture?

Let's Grow Leaders

fear and courage performance planning big picture how to readjust your project leadership trust project management projects teamsI was doing my normal juggling of “leader” and “mom” roles. I was feeling pretty good about the “mom” part as I drove to the stadium that night. Sure I was on a conference call the whole way there, but I pulled into the parking lot well before halftime. The marching band had not yet [.]

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.

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. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Leadership Books Project Management Project Reviews Here is some great advice from the authors of, Helping People Win At Work.

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 You need funding, headcount, and time. You’re looking for the secret sauce to convince your boss. Start by avoiding these 5 mistakes. 5 Big Mistakes When Communicating with Executives 1.

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. Author information Leigh Steere Co-founder, Managing People Better, LLC—a management research firm/think tank.

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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.

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. If you know what managers are looking for, and what they don’t care as much about, then you can spend your time wisely and increase your probability of success. The following is guest piece by Dan Schawbel.

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. Consequently, executive and manager attention and financial support may be disproportionately applied to the capital project(s), particularly in the event of overruns, at the detriment of problem resolution at the organization’s other operating assets.

Multitasking – Can It Really Be Done?

Women on Business

Reader Submission multitasking project management project organization We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] If you haven''t already done so, update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. link].

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. Today’s title might have you scratching your head, which is fine with me. Read on. . Ask most people what they think about when they consider creativity and innovation, and most likely [.].

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. Because it is important, because it connects to the one from last week, and because we all need to be reminded of it. “Effective people are not problem-minded; they are opportunity- minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems.” ” - […].

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

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. What role they feel may be best for them to fill in the project. How much time they may be able to offer to the project. What helps project teams get off to a great start?

10 Reasons Why Every Manager Should take a Finance Course

Great Leadership By Dan

We just finished a “ Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager ” program this week for a large client. The audience was mostly engineers – program and project managers, the ones in charge of designing and making complex stuff. manager (and probably every employee) really needs to have a firm grasp on the numbers and how their company makes money. You’ll be able to hold your own in management and board meetings.

How to use Measurement to Manage Like a Pro

Lead on Purpose

While you might hear these statements from any manager, they all have one thing in common: the lack of specificity. Organizations need good managers and exceptional leaders (at all levels of your business). Katz from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, notes that metrics are in use everywhere, but if the organization uses the wrong metrics, they will not achieve the expected results. Test your management strategies.

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4 Reasons Execution Breaks Down: and How to Fix It

Let's Grow Leaders

Listening change management execution project management When execution is broken, so is leadership. Teams that don’t execute are starving. They crave vision and direction. Carrots don’t improve vision. Execution breaks down when there’s. fuzzy vision lack of buy-in hidden agendas competing priorities confusion chaos apathy broken teamwork ? Don’t blame, punish, or make excuses. Lead better. 4 Reasons Execution Breaks Down [.]

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. In this context, I enjoyed reading an insightful post titled “ Finding more time for real management ” at Business Strategy Review, London Business School. The classic example is people management.

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”? Just like those NFL-like referees that roam the airports in the Southwest Airlines commercials throwing penalty flags for bag fees and poor customer service, these referees would patrol the workplace looking for flagrant management malpractice violations.

25 Coaching Questions to Create your 2013 Leadership Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Managers, once you’ve created your own plan, use the questions to coach your employees to create their plans. 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? You manager, a mentor, a coach? How will you share your plan with your manager? What support do you need from your manager?

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. Management Leadership Books Leadership Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Project Reviews General Management Skills Ken Blanchard

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?” They need to think of what they can draw upon to help the organization make the change; what past experiences, knowledge, skills and relationships are relevant to the project? They may also realize that there are some gaps that need to be filled to successfully lead the project.