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.

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Chart Your Course

Effective June 2013, all employees were required to work in the office. Your business is adding a new time-management system, which requires employees to log their hours on specific projects. The unknown can easily create a sense of uncertainty, resistance and even fear.

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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. StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – Hiring Uncertainties.

The Good Struggle

Leading Blog

This creates greater uncertainty, obscures right choices, and puts pressure on us to abandon principles that we used to rely on. To lead responsibly, leaders must commit to “clarity, meaningful projects, and bright ethical lines. Not surprisingly, Joseph Badaracco has written an essential read for leaders of all kinds. The Good Struggle addresses the question of how to lead successfully and responsibly in our uncertain, high pressure, turbulent world.

Leadership Caffeine-5 Priceless Lessons from Amundsen and Scott

Management Excellence

The lessons for leaders and managers practically leap off the pages of this classic example of coping with risk, uncertainty and volatility.

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 !

20 Tips For Leaders During Turbulent Times:

Great Leadership By Dan

We are shifting people, projects and changing roles. Do your best to set a positive example and be a role model for resiliency and dealing with the uncertainty. Re-affirm the important project milestones and deliverables. Last week I asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions. And boy, did they ever! Over 50 responses in just two days and more coming in every day! I’m going to do my best to get to as many as I can.

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This Year, Be Ready

Tanveer Naseer

As leaders, what we can take from his message is how our primary function is not simply tackling the various tasks on our To-Do lists or addressing whatever urgencies catch our attention and focus in the hopes that this will ensure our organization meets the projected targets for a given quarter or year.

Leading Like Manwani in a VUCA World

Great Leadership By Dan

Uncertainty: where the past is no longer a predictor of what will come next. -. Guest post from Rich Wellins: Harish Manwani, Chairman of Hindustan Unilever, just delivered his shareholder address at the company’s 80 th annual shareholders’ general meeting.

Leaders: Follow These 6 Steps to Build Trust with Employees & Improve How You're Perceived


Even in uncertainty, they will be influenced by your leadership. A leader’s ability to inspire and motivate employees is based on trust. When people trust you, they have confidence in your decisions. That is because they expect you to do what you say you’ll do.

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Expectations Mislead Us

Lead from Within

Her expectation was that this new position would give her the recognition she deserved for all the hard work she had put into the leadership of her team and project. They feed our worst nightmares of timidity, uncertainty, doubt, hesitation, self-consciousness, anxiety, fear, and worry.

A New Labor Model

Coaching Tip

There are projections that the percentage of the workforce that are contingent workers could rise to as high as 40% nationwide. Tremendous uncertainty across industries and global competition is what is leading the increase in contingent labor.

What if the people engaged in planning are wrong about what needs to be done?

Mike Cardus

Share past, present and future projected financial information. For example with a project planning team. The project team appreciated and was able to do great work knowning that. I think this video sums up some great ideas for change and uncertainty.

High Performance Team Building Certificate Program

Mike Cardus

The 2013 program runs from March 6 to May 1. I never looked at various committees I’m on or parts of my job that are project oriented as teams. I used the Team Performance Model to identify where a project team of mine is.

Seven Dilemmas for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Rajesh Setty

The lure to get back to past certainty vs the grit to persist under uncertainty. On the other hand, your future as an entrepreneur has a HUGE amount of uncertainty. Any one thing that goes wrong in your entrepreneurial journey can derail your project and close that chapter.

Greg Gaskey Named StrategyDriven Enterprises Chief Operations Officer

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven advisors work with executives and managers to define their organization’s needs and develop and manage the complex, mission critical projects needed to improve operational effectiveness and lower costs in response to today’s most pressing challenges.

StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – Panic of 1907 vs Great Recession of 2008

Strategy Driven

This year, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve System, and central bankers are taking a historical perspective. A July 2013 Congressional research report articulates a challenge for today’s central bankers.

StrategyDriven Advisory Services helps businesses become more operationally effective

Strategy Driven

Business leaders face many complex challenges; an evolving regulatory environment, looming tax rate uncertainty and massive government spending cuts, changing workforce and customer demographics, and increasing global competition and downward pricing pressure. Program and project management.

The Invisible Power of Competence Plus Calmness

Rajesh Setty

Competence without calmness might might signal hubris or over-confidence or in some cases plain uncertainty. And, in addition, you need to be working on projects related to that topic so that you get the real-world skills. Think about someone who is competent AND calm.

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Nathan Ives Named StrategyDriven Enterprises Chief Executive Officer

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven advisors work with executives and managers to define their organization’s needs and develop and manage the complex, mission critical projects needed to improve operational effectiveness and lower costs in response to today’s most pressing challenges. “I’m

Why is it hard to get support for your first startup?

Rajesh Setty

If this is your first startup, it gets more complex because of double-uncertainty – a) you don’t know whether your startup has legs and b) you don’t know whether YOU can pull this off successfully. Decision makers at your pilot customer change and the project gets scrapped.

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. They are not afraid of uncertainty or ambiguity, they embrace it. Why It Can Be So Hard for Successful Leaders to Change. Any human, in fact, any animal will tend to repeat behavior that is followed by positive reinforcement.

The Three Pillars of a Teaming Culture

Harvard Business Review

Building the right culture in an era of fast-paced teaming, when people work on a shifting mix of projects with a shifting mix of partners, might sound challenging – if not impossible. When you join an unfamiliar team or start a challenging new project, self-protection is a natural instinct.

Leading Teams When Lives Are at Stake

Harvard Business Review

In light of our different backgrounds, we found common ground in what it takes to build and lead teams up Everest, and how those leadership lessons apply to the high-risk, high-uncertainty environments that business leaders find themselves in today. I am about to climb Mount Everest.

‘Tis the Season of Prophecies, Forecasts, and Predictions

The Practical Leader

‘Tis the season for futurists, forecasters, and analysts to line up with seers, fortune tellers, and prophets to earnestly foretell what 2013 has in store for us. This nine year project started right after 9/11 to find companies that thrived through chaos and disruptive change.

Why Organizations Should Embrace Randomness Like Ant Colonies

Harvard Business Review

I think it’s because of the different ways in which ant and human organizations deal with uncertainty. When projects come in late or over budget, as so many inevitably do, the result is “deep-dives” and lengthy PowerPoint presentations about “lessons learned” so everyone can plan better next time (even though the situation will undoubtedly have changed by then). Managing people Managing uncertainty Organizational culture Consider the common ant.

Before Hiring a Design Partner, Consider This

Harvard Business Review

If you''re setting out to do so, you''ll need to confront uncertainty about how to get the most value from the investment and carefully consider what you''re setting out to achieve. Design Project management Design is a service, not a magic spell.

The Future Is Scary. Creative Thinking Can Help.

Harvard Business Review

Only when they challenged their long-held assumption that “We are a search engine company” could they then come up with the “We want to know everything” notion which sparked projects such as Google Earth, Google Book Search, and Google Labs, along with further improvements to their fabled search engine. Indeed, thinking creatively about the future means embracing the uncertainty, rather than the more predictable response of trying to remove it.

Wikipedia Has a Management Problem, and It May Be Impossible to Solve

Harvard Business Review

BONUS BITS It's the Little Things Small Office, Big Impact: How to Project Authority, Creativity (The Wall Street Journal) Can a $400 Blender Change Your Life? Managing uncertainty You Can't Edit That The Decline of Wikipedia MIT Technology Review Sure, we all use it. But to most of us, Wikipedia’s inner workings are a mystery. That, surprisingly, is by design.

Ten Reasons Salespeople Lose Deals

Harvard Business Review

All these steps are taken in an effort to eliminate their fears, reduce their uncertainties, and satisfy their doubts. They didn't understand how to sell their project internally and were unable to garner senior executive sponsorship.

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The Mongrel Discipline of Management

Harvard Business Review

Then it was thought that the methods of positive science would sweep all before them: today that project has been abandoned. This post is part of a series of perspectives leading up to the fifth annual Global Drucker Forum in November 2013 in Vienna, Austria.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

The project depended on sufficient demand from farmers, which depended on ensuring they had access to high-yield seeds, fertilizer, and pesticides. One must be sensitive to the stress of uncertainty with new innovations, such as replacing cumbersome microfinance passbooks with digital money.

Innovation Isn't an Idea Problem

Harvard Business Review

These aren''t just fun examples of smart people and established companies being hilariously wrong, they actually reflect a bias we all share — a bias against new and creative ideas when we''re faced with even small amounts of uncertainty.

How Good Management Stifles Breakthrough Innovation

Harvard Business Review

And companies’ success at cranking out these enhancements hampers them from getting better at the radical projects. Instead, you’ll see that efficiency-minded project managers are inadvertently discouraging the explorations – and therefore the learning – that make radical ideas practical.

Five Ways to Innovate Faster

Harvard Business Review

Ideally the entire team should be fully dedicated and located together so they can make real-time decisions, but at the very least the project leader should be full time to minimize time-sucking distractions. If the founders remove that uncertainty, they get another round of funding.

C'mon, IT Leaders. Take a Chance!

Harvard Business Review

Execution risk: A wrong execution model or poor execution can make a project run too long and cost too much, leading to a total loss of focus and a reduction in value creation. Almost half of IT projects run over budget and about 56 percent deliver less value than predicted.

Ten Reasons Salespeople Lose Deals

Harvard Business Review

All these steps are taken in an effort to eliminate their fears, reduce their uncertainties, and satisfy their doubts. They didn't understand how to sell their project internally and were unable to garner senior executive sponsorship.

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In Big Companies, Lean Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle

Harvard Business Review

He was not your standard internet entrepreneur — the student presenting was pitching a project to increase sub-Saharan farm income, by helping farmers shift from traditional crops to rubber trees.

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Five Challenges China Must Meet by 2034

Harvard Business Review

But more pressing for China is China’s need for and desire to embody and project, in some form, universal values of civilization. In one area, however, deep uncertainties exist which must cause even the most pro-China investors to want to hedge their bets.

Embrace Change, But Still Stand for Something

Harvard Business Review

Get comfortable with uncertainty. Be wary of "hockey-stick" projections that use facts from the past to predict fast-growing sales or profits far in the future. Those projections rarely take into account factors such as diminishing returns or potential competitors. Imagine that an electric company wants to build a loud, ugly power line on your property. They ask, "How much would we need to pay you to make this happen?" You'd probably demand a lot of money.

That Hit Song You Love Was a Total Fluke

Harvard Business Review

Screenwriter William Goldman, of Princess Bride and Stepford Wives , once said of Hollywood, “Nobody knows anything” — which of course has pretty significant implications for decision making under uncertainty.

Delivering on the Promise of Private-Public Partnerships

Harvard Business Review

A couple of our programs illustrate this well: To add to the scale and reach of our own programs that promote handwashing with soap , we partner with UNICEF, the Millennium Village Project, Population Services International (PSI) and national governments.

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High-Stakes Decisions Are Rarely Dispassionate

Harvard Business Review

We also know a lot about the way people make judgments under uncertainty, like predicting the movement of a stock price or the performance of their favorite football team. In turn, persuasion depends on projecting confidence and inspiring others.