When Projects Fail

Leadership Freak

We had a project fail. Let it sting. Soothing pain is for babies, not big boys and girls. Team members who don’t care about losing are losers. Don’t sooth discomfort by minimizing failure, but don’t overreact, either. Expect responsibility. Blamers are covering for something they should have done. Finger-pointing is the loser’s way of getting […].

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 Seldom is today’s starting point discussed.

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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.

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 […].

The June 3rd, 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the June 3rd, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! In this post I’ll share 3 misconceptions entrepreneurs and business leaders should be aware when starting a company but also when starting a bigger project. You''ve heard of "speed dating"? Well, here''s your monthly dose of "speed leadership development". 30 leadership bloggers in 90 minutes. Try ''em all, it''s the best investment of your time you''ll make today! Dana Theus from InPower Women.

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!

Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared?

Chart Your Course

While the National Center for Education Statistics is projecting nearly 1.8 Meanwhile, of the hiring managers that are looking at 2013 graduates, the majority only plans to hire one or two this year. via Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared? The post Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared? By Ashley Bowers. College Graduates Not Ready for the Workforce?

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.

The Shibboleth Project

Tony Mayo

While a consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co in New York City I was assigned to a high-pressure project for a Wall Street firm. We were proud to work at Arthur Andersen because this was way-back-when, before Enron, before helping investment banks was cause for abject ethical concern, and before the building we worked in […]. For Executives For Fun Language

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.

Rebekah Monk: From side-line project to successful start-up

Women on Business

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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. Relate Articles: Project Management Best Practice 3 – Line Management Project Ownership.

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

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. Could I see the future as a projection of the strides I’ve been able to make, similar to what other women in business have done?

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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? You just finished reading Project Management - What is Critical Chain? !

3 Simple tips on how to crowd fund a business project

Women on Business

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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? Who Does What on Change Projects? Thank you for reading my blog this year! Have you read them all? The top 5 Enclaria blog posts from this year are: Three Ways to Frustrate Employees Going Through Change. Four Reasons Leaders Need Change Agents. Five Jobs Made More Effective With Change Management.

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. Often the response is We are done when we have achieved the goal(s) we established.

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. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen. Here is the schedule it may change; 12/26/13 – Team Building & Leadership Articles. 12/27/13 – Images Used in Presentations & Workshops.

Why Can’t You See The Big Picture?

Let's Grow Leaders

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How to tackle a big project

Deep Imprints

I have a project that I’ve been avoiding for several weeks. Tonight, 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. Read More » Coaching discipline goals time management

Why change projects fail

Chartered Management Institute

Something like 70% of big change projects within our organisations are said to fail. As social business is nothing if not a widespread change project, this is likely to be a major hurdle to overcome if you’re to achieve the results you hope for. Below is an interesting interview with Greg Shea and Cassie Solomon, authors of Leading Successful Change. Particularly interesting is their theory of the lead dog. You are not watching this post, click to start watching read more

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.

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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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.

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.

The Secret to Communicating with Executives

Let's Grow Leaders

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

What I learned from attending New Media Expo 2013 in Las Vegas!

Bernd Geropp

New Media Expo 2013/ Blogworld. The Great Business Project by Ralph Quintero. Last week I travelled from Germany to the US for the New Media Expo in Las Vegas. It is the world’s largest conference and trade show for bloggers, podcasters, web TV & video creators, and social business pros. I’d like to give you a summary of what I experienced and learned. First of all: It was awesome.

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Mirrors only REFLECT, Not PROJECT

Dave Bratcher

As we wait today for the ball to drop and ring in 2013, we find ourselves in a place only fitting to reflect on the past year. Mirrors reflect – Not project. What are you planning to do different in 2013? Does your car have a rear view mirror? What about side mirrors? This is not a post about new year’s resolutions or some call to action which ends with a gym membership that isn’t used.

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?

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. Here is the schedule it may change; 12/26/13 – Team Building & Leadership Articles. 12/27/13 – Images Used in Presentations & Workshops. 12/30/13 – Team Building & Leadership Photos.

How to manage work loads during the summer

Women on Business

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Multitasking – Can It Really Be Done?

Women on Business

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It’s Not Impossible – It Just Hasn’t Been Done Yet

N2Growth Blog

Innovation Leadership Operations & Strategy Success Innovation and leadership Leadership and Impossibility Leading Change leading innovation leading new projects Leading something new leading the impossibleBy Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. How many times in your career have you witnessed someone say, “that’s impossible – it simply can’t be done.” Perhaps you’ve even been guilty of uttering such a phrase yourself.

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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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.

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? As the year winds down, it’s a good time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and learned as a leader and what you’d like to focus on for the coming year. Creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a great way to capture those actions and increases your chances of keeping your commitments to yourself.

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 BlanchardJust a little more advice from the authors of, Helping People Win At Work.

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. Garry Ridge Leadership Books Leadership Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Project Reviews Ken Blanchard Just a little more advice from the authors of, Helping People Win At Work.

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? What quality does the leader who attracts have that the leader who repels talent doesn’t? The answer is the ability to recognize and [.]. Leadership Development Culture employee engagement

Creating employee engagement through culture and job design

Lead Change Blog

Connect with Leigh on her LeadChange profile , website , or Twitter and check out the Managing People Better assessment where you can get some feedback on your management style and help with a research project. 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. SendGrid’s approach to job design is both exhilarating and gutsy.

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