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.

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.

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The Art of Science

Mills Scofield

I wore the hat of fisheries biologist, science teacher, environmental scientist, and even worked on an extraordinary robotics project , but in the end while the science jobs paid the bills, what I was really passionate about was painting.

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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. References.

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

Great Leadership By Dan

Often referred to as bullying. Delay of game: Slow decision making that slows down critical projects and causes employees to miss deadlines or have to rush at the last minute. False Start: Confusing, contradictory , or a lack of direction that results in projects starting and stopping.

How to Create Millennial Leaders in Your Organization

Great Leadership By Dan

15 percent of Millennials, also referred to Generation Y, are already managers. Make sure that after each project they finish, you are telling them what they are doing right and what they can improve on.

Current Method / Better Way Matrix Team Building Activity

Mike Cardus

Team Project tool to create shared language of progress & regress. Can break inertia (stuckness) in how your project team operates. The team facilitator I recommend the team leader / Project Manager documents the responses on flipchart paper.

How to use Measurement to Manage Like a Pro

Lead on Purpose

McKinsey Insights ’ Pankaj Ghemawat references a survey of senior executives where 76% of them feel they need to develop global-leadership capabilities, but only 7% of feel they are doing so effectively. It’s easy to lose sight of “people” thanks to the inordinate focus on specifics, business goals, projects, and deadlines. Mary Prescott is working as a community manager at WorkZone – A web-based project management software company. Guest post by Mary Prescott.

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Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process

Mills Scofield

She is co-president of Brown''s student initiative to incorporate the arts into STEM, STEAM and a project manager on Brown''s solar decathlon " Techstyle Haus " team, of which about half are women! If you can''t find what you''re looking for, just create it!

3 Ways To Fix Your Hiring Process


Go check your website out today, and look for things like: Pictures – Show off your team at work, your latest projects, stellar office space, fun off-site meetings, and anything else you’ve got to offer. [Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Kate Stull.

Paradigm Flip – New Book Releases Tuesday December 10th

Modern Servant Leader

I’ve been working on a big project for you, that I’m excited to say is finally ready to share: Paradigm Fl i p : Leading People, Teams, and Organizations Beyond the Social Media Revolution. Plus, the explanation of timeless social media concepts should enable you to reference this material for many years. Greetings Modern Servant Leader readers.

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Mentoring 101 | Thoughts for the Everyday Leader

Nathan Magnuson

January 21, 2013. Many people refer to them as mentors. A friend and I are working on some independent projects, so I got to make a couple calls to “mentors” of mine who have been there and got some great input. © 2013 Thoughts for the Everyday Leader — Standard by 8BIT. Home About Coaching Contact Guest Posts Archives. Thoughts for the Everyday Leader. by Nathan Magnuson. Home / Leadership / Mentoring 101. Mentoring 101. — 11 Comments.

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6 Important Elements of an Executive IDP Process

Great Leadership By Dan

By "mass customization", I'm referring to the the need to address very unique leadership development needs for an organization's top executives, while at the same time, doing it in a consistent, measurable, effective, and scalable way that yields a strong return on investment. A support team should consist of the head of HR, a project manager and or administrative support person, and at least one executive "coach" (or more, depending on the number of IDPs).

7 Principles of Leadership Development: The Chance to Lead

Mike Cardus

Working with the participants managers we developed a series of projects that were aligned with the companies strategic plan and had a sufficient challenge that was big enough to stretch and small enough to learn from. Reference: John Adair; How to Grow Leaders.

Great Quotes: Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky


The term ’project management’ makes most creative people cringe. Depending on your approach and your mind-set, the experience of organizing and managing a project can be miserable or deeply satisfying. On “Project Approach” to Ideas.

Change in Companies and Teams is Not Only Possible, it is Inevitable

Mike Cardus

When consulting and working on long-term projects with teams, the initial meeting is used to determine: Where is the team right now? Photo Credit. Working with managers, teams and various sizes of companies …we all feel stuck and that nothing is ever going to change.

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7 Principles of Leadership Development: Education for Leadership

Mike Cardus

Team projects were developed. Each of these projects had an overarching reach into the organization, impacting both the financial and cultural aspects of the organization. Reference: John Adair; How to Grow Leaders.

Supervisory Leadership Development Workshop

Mike Cardus

This role is sometimes referred as ‘Lead’ or ‘Crew Leader’. Steps to create “buy in” for the team projects from people who are outside the team. Within organizations the role of a Supervisor exists between the first line manager and the front line employees.

Principles of Leadership Development: Selection

Mike Cardus

This may be made by a manager who chooses this individual, for example team leader or project manager, or a promotion to manage staff and the role of management has leadership accountabilities inherit in the role. Reference: John Adair; How to Grow Leaders.

StrategyDriven Enterprises Partners with Xen Wireless to Form StrategyDriven Analytics, a Utility Industry Asset Management Blind Benchmarking Service

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven refers to the family of organizations comprising StrategyDriven Enterprises, LLC. We have lead and participated in projects through all phases of the systems lifecycle from design to development to implementation and operations.

Blurred Lines: Setting Healthy Boundaries at Work

Strategy Driven

Be warned, toxic people don’t like boundaries because they want to shift responsibilities according to their mood or the project. Set a limit on the amount of time you spend beyond the hours needed to complete projects. Reference.

Steps to Move Your Team to High Performance

Mike Cardus

You will notice only 5 of the 7 steps are listed below, the participants chose to focus on areas they felt their work-teams were at, in reference to goals, or were stuck at and needed to determine what to-do next. Create a project plan (for the what + when ) task, start date, end date.

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StrategyDriven Enterprises Extends its Advisory Services into the Healthcare Industry, Partners with Artower Advisory Services

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven refers to the family of organizations comprising StrategyDriven Enterprises LLC. Artower’s project teams work collaboratively across disciplines to deliver greater value through improved outcomes, integrated delivery, and lower cost.

7 Principles of Leadership Development: The Chief Executive

Mike Cardus

Some people stated, “ He tasked this project to us and I feel we don’t need to involve him. Reference: John Adair; How to Grow Leaders. An earlier post listed the 7 Principles of Leadership Development in no specific order of importance : Necessary Skilled-Knowledge. Selection.

Management Coaching and Development. Situation, Objectives and First Meeting Plans

Mike Cardus

Their direct manager is noticing a lapse in time for responses to customers and project members, poor delegation of tasks and prioritization of incoming and outgoing work, plus increased signs of stress with the employees. Innovation Skills for Project Managers.

Steps to Move Your Team to High Performance

Mike Cardus

You will notice only 5 of the 7 steps are listed below, the participants chose to focus on areas they felt their work-teams were at, in reference to goals, or were stuck at and needed to determine what to-do next. Create a project plan (for the what + when ) task, start date, end date.

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StrategyDriven Enterprises Extends its Energy Advisory Services, Partners with NTE Solutions

Strategy Driven

Project development and management. StrategyDriven refers to the family of organizations comprising StrategyDriven Enterprises, LLC.

Tackling Problems ~ How Big is Your “O”?

You're Not the Boss of Me

Whether we choose to call them that or, (in the interests of putting a more positive spin on them), refer to them as ‘ challenges ’ they are part of life. It is part of a mental process that Edgar Schein refers to as ORJI in his book Process Consultation- Lessons for Managers and Consultants.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 1 of 7

Strategy Driven

In other words, waste is not trash to be thrown out; it refers to the events, phenomena, experiences, and features that diminish our capacity to do what matters to us.

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The Big Picture of Business: Fine Wine, Aged Cheese and Valuable Antiques. Professionals Who Go the Distance.

Strategy Driven

If it is really good, we refer it to others… sometimes giving it as a gift. Vision for the project, from concept through execution. Marketplace sensitive considered in the overall project, but not pandored to.

How to decide what to learn next

Rajesh Setty

A degree in three disciplines gave ZERO advantage to the person referred above. Every single day you are learning as you work through your projects. So “learning” encompasses both what you do explicitly and what projects you are engaged with.

Creating a Great Rest of Your Life

Marshall Goldsmith

One investment banker is still at the bank, but is now working exclusively on projects that make the world a better place. Marshall Goldsmith has been referred to as “ the most influential thought leader that ever lived “ LeadershipFrances Hesselbein is the former national executive director of the Girl Scouts of the United States and is now chairman of the Leader to Leader Institute.

The Success Delusion

Marshall Goldsmith

We often: - Overestimate our contribution to a project; - Have an elevated opinion of our professional skills and standing among our peers; - Exaggerate our project’s impact on profitability by discounting real and hidden costs. It refers to the disconnect between what we want to believe and what we actually experience in the world. Marshall Goldsmith has been referred to as “ the most influential thought leader that ever lived “ Leadership

The most MEANINGFUL competitive advantage

Rajesh Setty

They are not outcomes that happen after a five-year project. The ecosystem I am referring to is a set of people that you have built a close enough relationship that they are almost part of your family. The most meaningful competitive advantage is. To scale your ability to care.

Are You In Or Out?

My Own Coach

Instead of " just knowing " that you have done a good job you need external references from others, from statistics and from other sources. You know your work is good when you get an external seal of approval - this is called an external frame of reference.

Rethink the Value of Each Customer for Efficient Growth

Women on Business

And newly referred customers can drive even more business your way through word-of-mouth referrals, exponentially magnifying the value of that original customer. Typically, companies calculate the CLV of a customer merely by looking at their projected direct revenue.

Why You Should Care About The Revenue Forecast

The Idolbuster

As a point of reference, this represented 25% of the company’s projected revenue growth for the year.) Chapter 9: Paint Your Environment: Part 5. As I argued in the last post , if you want the company to do the right thing, make sure you have a set of numbers to back it up. To fully understand why I think this is critical, lets step back for a moment and look at where a revenue forecast come from.

Get Your Passion Project Moving Without Quitting Your Day Job

Harvard Business Review

What’s the best way to get your passion project moving? ” Next, make a timeline based on what you think you can reasonably accomplish toward your project in the time you have. As you chip away on your project, continue to give your job the attention it needs.

Work Smarter with Evernote in 2013

Harvard Business Review

2012 can be the last year you forget if you make 2013 the year you commit to using a digital notebook like Evernote. What would it mean to work smarter with Evernote in 2013? Here's a month-by-month game plan that just scratches the surface of how such a tool can help you: January: Focus on your top goals for the year by setting up an Evernote notebook for each of your major projects or areas of responsibility. Tag it all with the name of the conference for easy reference.

Build a Career Worth Having

Harvard Business Review

Gallup''s 2013 State of the American Workplace study found that as many as 70% of working Americans were unfulfilled with their jobs, 18% to such an extent that they are actively undermining their co-workers. We live in a time of chronic dissatisfaction in the workplace.

To Go From Big Data to Big Insight, Start With a Visual

Harvard Business Review

This project is a relative of the widely noted Cascade project. In this case, a prominent link on a blog or a news story that referred to the story, rather than the Twitter conversation itself, is probably driving the traffic.

To Simplify, First Clear the Underbrush

Harvard Business Review

Many people envision the upper rungs of the corporate ladder as an inspired, innovative place where leaders spend their time on stimulating projects that shape the organization''s future. This post was coauthored by Lisa Bodell.

Emerging-Market Engineers Power Global Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Jabil and its peers often simplify the work of design, engineering, and innovation for their clients by creating "reference designs" that can be tailored by the big brands.