Improving Project Productivity

Kevin Eikenberry

While I’m not going to give you the encyclopedic solution to the challenge of getting more of the right work done on projects more effectively and getting projects completed on time, I am going to share of few insights that I and my team have been […].

5 Leadership Development Projects even Frantic Leaders Can Do

Leadership Freak

If everything rises or falls on leadership, why aren’t you systematically developing leadership skills? 3 pathetic excuses leaders give to neglect development: I don’t… Continue reading → Personal Growth Leadership DevelopmentThe tragedy of organizational life is incompetent leadership.

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Better Leadership + Business Skills = Better Projects

Crossderry Blog

What drives project success? Research has consistently shown that it’s having an effective project manager. Results from PM College’s latest research, “ Project Manager Skills Benchmark 2015 ,” confirms this, showing that organizations with highly skilled project managers get significantly better project results. Project managers at high skill levels outperform those with project managers at low skill levels – almost 50% better.

Find Your Best Project Leaders

Crossderry Blog

Any competency improvement plan starts with identifying what the “truly competent” project or program manager looks like for the particular organization. And there is strong evidence for that intuition: it’s in our Building Project Manager Competency white paper ( request here ). Establish a Professional Development Program with Career Paths. Measure Competency and Project Delivery Outcomes Before and After Training.

Google's Project Oxygen

Coaching Tip

But the key question is: Will Project Oxygen help a grown-up Google get its start-up mojo back? PROJECT OXYGEN started with some basic assumptions. In Project Oxygen, the statisticians gathered more than 10,000 observations about managers — across more than 100 variables, from various performance reviews, feedback surveys and other reports. Google clearly hopes to recapture some of the nimbleness and innovative spirit of its early years.

Will this project manager make a good people manager?

Lead Change Blog

Sam’s team just delivered a complex project on-time, on-budget, and with impeccable quality. His company is eying him for promotion, because they want him to “rub off” on other project managers, whose results aren’t as stellar. In theory, a good project manager can become a good [.] Curriculum developer. Maybe he can teach them a trick or two? Author information Leigh Steere Co-founder, Managing People Better, LLC—a management research firm/think tank.

Project Management 101: The Stages of Project Management

Women on Business

I remember when I picked up my first project management book. However, I was determined to not only find the resources to help me plan and execute a project, but also, decode what was written in the book. What Is a Project? James Fallow defines a project as “anything you’re committed to finish in a year that requires more than one action to complete,” which is a good start. When you look at it that way, MOST things are actually projects.

June 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the June 2015 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival. Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks submitted How To Build Trust At Work. Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting provided Get A Leadership Professional Development Game Plan.

February 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the February 2015 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks submitted The ABC Problem Solving Strategy. Jane says: “Every decision, project, and strategy that you make or do impacts others.

Infuence Mapping – How To Lead Your Project To Success

Lead Change Blog

Understanding the nature and intensity of these changes can be vital to your project’s success. Recognizing the stakeholders of your project is what influence mapping is all about. Now you may have a long list of people who have an impact on your project.

Getting the Results Without the Authority: How to Manage a Project & Team That Doesn’t Report to You

Kevin Eikenberry

Have you ever led a project team? Have you ever led a project team where some (or all) of the people on the team don’t report to you? Leadership Learning Personal Development project management In today’s working world, the answer is likely yes.

April 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival. Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks submitted Why Showing Appreciation To Your Team Makes A Difference. Wally Bock of Envisia Learning sent Leadership Development & The Fat Smoker.

10 Principles For Developing Strategic Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

But only when you implement all of them together, as a single system, will they enable you to attract, develop, and retain the strategic leaders who’ve eluded you thus far. Create multiple paths for raising and testing ideas Developing and presenting ideas is a key skill for strategic leaders.

How Agile Project Management Can Improve Your B2B Business

Strategy Driven

Agile project management can seem to be complex and daunting to undertake but it doesn’t need to be. The success of projects is dependent on various factors, some of which are beyond the control your business. Agile management will take project management one step further.

4 Simple Projects that Transform Culture Today

Leadership Freak

When you deliver them, someone gives you… Continue reading → Humility Taking others higher Culture Leadership Development You’re under appreciated and overworked. Bitterness follows ingratitude, the most self-destructive quality of all. 10 reasons you’re ungrateful: #1. Expectation ends gratitude. Results are expected.

Leaders Share about New Beginnings, Fresh Starts, and Project Launches: A Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

Our June Festival is all about new beginnings, fresh starts, and project launches. Wally Bock of Three-Star Leadership says that when you’re starting a new project, it’s tempting to think you can plan the error out of it.

October 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the October 2015 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival. Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks submitted How To Lead Virtual Teams. Leadership Development Leadership Leadership development carnival Management

5 Reasons Why Leadership Development Should Be More Practical

Lead Change Blog

Every year, businesses spend a combined total of more than $20 billion on leadership development, according to figures published by Forbes, as they continue to try and plug the leadership gap. Making a development strategy more practical is one such way.

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? !

When Projects Fail

Leadership Freak

We had a project fail. Taking others higher Failure Motivation Mistakes Optimism Success Feedback Leadership Development Leadership fear of failure organizational success insignificance mediocrity 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.

High performing project management orgs are more agile — PMI

Crossderry Blog

The Project Management Institute’s latest “ Pulse of the Profession ” report just came out, and it’s full of provoking findings. It clarifies the benefits of high-performing project management, and it highlights what the top organizations do differently. So what does it mean to your organization if it’s a project management top performer? Agile principles have a been a lifesaver on a number of my projects and programs.

How Many Projects Can A PM Handle?

Crossderry Blog

On the Strategy & Projects blog this week, we delved into a question about the optimal number of projects that one project manager can handle at a time. ” In this case, much depends on the project manager. Not a hard data point, but an observation based on the many PMO of the Year applications that I have read over the years is that determining the competency of project managers is a key first step in figuring out who is capable of handling multiple projects.

28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the September edition of the Leadership Development Carnival ! Chris Edmonds , from Driving Results Through Culture , says that every leader needs to have " Serve my employees " as their #1 target in their individual development plan. So my development tip is this.

5 Ways to Take Back an Already Delegated Project

Ron Edmondson

As a leader, have you ever given away a project and wished you could take it back? How do you take back a delegated project without causing hurt feelings, injuring a valued team member, or causing disruption in the organization? Have you ever had to take back a delegated project?

A Simple Project that Nudges Managers to Notice Others.

Leadership Freak

… Continue reading → Coaching Managing Servant-leadership Taking others higher Leadership Development organizational successThe shift from focusing on yourself to noticing others is essential to successful management. Systems and processes are essential, but people get things done. A managers performance is elevating the performance of others.…

When is it OK NOT to Develop? Hint: Never.

Great Leadership By Dan

This post first appeared in SmartBrief on Leadership : Here’s a question I often get from managers: “I have employees that don’t want to be developed. Development isn’t for everyone, right? I can’t force them to develop if they don’t want to!” Yes, you and your employees are free to ignore that stupid individual development plan form that HR is forcing down your throats. career development coaching development IDPs individual development plan training

12 Ways to Develop Leadership Confidence

Great Leadership By Dan

This post recently appeared in SmartBlog on Leadership : I was in a talent review meeting recently and we were discussing the strengths and development needs of a promising young leader. When I asked what the leader’s biggest development need was, the answer was “confidence”. When faced with a development need, I can usually adlib a pretty good development plan , but I drew on a blank on this one. So I asked the rest of the group “So, how do you develop confidence?”

Free Individual Development Plan (IDP) Template

Great Leadership By Dan

The most popular post on this blog continues to be one of my first posts written in 2008 called How to Write a Great Individual Development Plan (IDP). It’s important to acknowledge strengths in a development discussion as they often can be used to help overcome development needs. Organizations often use competency models and 360 assessments as a way to identity strengths and development needs. See Top 12 Development Goals for Leaders for some examples.

To Develop a Culture of Trust and Loyalty, Try Sharing Your Leadership

Lead Change Blog

It’s the enthusiasm and commitment the whole team has to something—to specific projects and tasks that drive organizational objectives. The reality is that, most often, the leader was not very effective in equipping, training and developing people properly.

Meaningful development of others

Aspire-CS

There are some myths about what it means for leaders to develop the people they’re responsible for leading. A few of them: Developing others doesn’t belong to Human Resources, Talent Management, Organizational Development, or whatever other helpful organization you may have access to, although they can help. Let’s be clear that developing others is your job. Developing people doesn’t have to cost oodles of money.

Steps and Tips for Proper Project Planning

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development We have all heard the age old 7 P’s about the effects proper planning has on your performance. The ability to properly plan and complete projects can be an extremely intricate, complicated [.]. Leadership Development Project planning Team productivity Teamwork Work PerformanceWhile the phrase may be a bit brash, it is completely accurate. Poor planning is one of the top reasons most businesses fail.

How To Project A Professional Image

Eric Jacobson

From Jay Miletsky's book, 101 Ways to Successfully Market Yourself , here 10 tips for projecting an effective professional image : Discipline yourself to be positive and enthusiastic. Develop a reputation for being a resourceful problems solver.

Five Leadership Styles for Successful Project Management

Lead on Purpose

What makes Project Managers successful? But there’s one thing that the best, most valued Project Managers have in common. If your servers go down and you’re losing $1,000 a minute, you need a take-charge project leader who tells people exactly what to do to fix the problem. Well, you don’t, especially as projects become more complex and you need people to take initiative. Project Managers who over-rely on this style devalue people and reinforce learned helplessness.

November 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the November 2015 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival. Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks submitted How To Develop Your Business Acumen. Leadership Development Leadership Management

How To Develop The Coaching Habit With Michael Bungay Stanier

Joseph Lalonde

Are there any other reasons leaders have a hard time developing the coaching habit? The 3 P’s in the 3P models are: Project, people, and patterns. Project is the content you’re working on. Question: How are you developing your coaching habit?

6 Internal Sources Of Strength For Leaders To Develop

Tanveer Naseer

We leaders tend to focus on developing external resources. Nurturing and developing your inner resources — which I call leading from the heart — makes your workday better in innumerable ways. Here are six ways to develop your ability to lead from the heart: 1.

Restarting Stalled Projects, Guaranteed

Leadership Freak

Every reason projects stall comes back to one, lack of urgency. Who’s responsible: Save time, energy, and resources by settling the question of responsibility for derailed projects, quickly. Failure Leading Managing Marks of leaders Meetings and agendas Motivation Questions Taking others higher Teams inadequate resources Leadership Development Management managing projects meeting schedule Meetings personal conversations public meetings

Restarting Stalled Projects, Guaranteed

Leadership Freak

Every reason projects stall comes back to one, lack of urgency. Who’s responsible: Save time, energy, and resources by settling the question of responsibility for derailed projects, quickly. Failure Leading Managing Marks of leaders Meetings and agendas Motivation Questions Taking others higher Teams inadequate resources Leadership Development Management managing projects meeting schedule Meetings personal conversations public meetings

Unveiling the Next Big Lead Change Project

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Lead Change Book Leadership Development There’s been an exciting project going on behind the scenes within Lead Change, and now it’s time to pull back the curtain to give our community a sneak peek. Lead Change Book Leadership Development book Character collaboration leadchange Leadership

A Successful Project / Assignment Starts With How It’s Handed-Off

Michael VanBruaene

Successful projects start at the stage when they are initially handed-off for planning and then implementation. Many times, projects do not meet expectations because the person doing the work is not sufficiently informed about its context, objectives, deliverables, how oversight is to be provided and potential problems. They should also know the project’s stakeholders. Project Assignment/Acceptance Framework. Other Related Work Or Projects.

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