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.

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 […].

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Leadership Inspiration – Great Projects

Strategy Driven

“ Men despise great projects when they do not feel themselves capable of great success.” You just finished reading Leadership Inspiration - Great Projects ! The post Leadership Inspiration – Great Projects appeared first on StrategyDriven.

How Project Management Apps Are Fostering Remote Working

Strategy Driven

The inter-connectivity of computers worldwide and the advent of project management apps and time-tracking software has made this possible. Project management software helps keep the entire process not just organized but ultimately promotes greater efficiency.

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 ). Measure Competency and Project Delivery Outcomes Before and After Training. FYI: For more reading on competency-based management, check out Optimizing Human Capital with A Strategic Project Office.

The Mental Game of Project Management: Simple Tips to Set Your Team and Project Up for Success

Kevin Eikenberry

The post The Mental Game of Project Management: Simple Tips to Set Your Team and Project Up for Success appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills Lou Russell project management projects teleseminars Maybe I’ve always known it, but it continues to become clearer to me with each passing week and month. Getting better at anything starts mentally – with our mindset, beliefs and values.

Project Portfolios in Practice

Crossderry Blog

The first session delved into a big topic: project portfolio management. Both speakers brought a mix of practice and research on the keys to project portfolio implementation: strong processes and capabilities, leadership and sponsorship, and an enabling culture. The first speaker made two points I strongly endorse: Your project portfolio will almost certainly have a mix of winners and losers.

Mirrors only REFLECT, Not PROJECT

Dave Bratcher

Mirrors reflect – Not project. Leadership Ball Drop Dave Bratcher mirror New Years Eve New York NYE planning Does your car have a rear view mirror? What about side mirrors?

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.

Just One Thing—Cultivate Your Project Leadership Skills

Management Excellence

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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.

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. Here are five of the most common leadership style and guidelines on when to use them. 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.

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.

Customer Experience is a Culture not a Project

C-Level Strategies

The Project Mindset. But the challenge she is facing is her executive team is viewing “customer experience” as a “project.” And thus the need for a holistic approach to customer experience rather than a “project” mindset.

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 [.] 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. Professional kettle-stirrer. Writer.

Project Management for the Rest of Us—Getting Started

Management Excellence

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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? It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it can be one of the more difficult and awkward parts of leadership. Taking the project away from them may feel like personal rejection.

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.

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

Leadership Forged In Crisis

Leading Blog

The better you become, the better your leadership becomes. It is a misconception of leadership that if you engage in the best practices of a great leader, you will become that leader. The crisis that can break one person can give birth to leadership in another.

Troubled Projects and Root Causes

Crossderry Blog

UPDATE: Our Troubled Projects webinar is scheduled for 12 April 2016. Our colleagues at PM Solutions just put out another great white paper: Troubled Projects? It synthesizes multiple project research studies into a straightforward approach to project review and recovery. Which, not so coincidentally, is the title of our course on the topic: Project Review and Recovery. The second comes from our own research, Strategies for Project Recovery.

Project Management: Science? Art? Common Sense?

QAspire

I recently heard someone saying, “ Project management is just science. ” “Do I agree?” Here is what I think: Project management is both science and art, but it is the art of project management that makes great project managers. It is science because there are essential processes and elements that make up project management (e.g. It represents “explicit knowledge” about project management and a lot of people out there know these fundamentals.

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. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Professional Development Projecting Professionalism

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.…

PMI Requires Business and Leadership Training

Crossderry Blog

Well, it’s now official: the Project Management Institute (PMI) demands strategy, business, and leadership skills from its certification holders. Leadership People Development Project Management Skills vs. competencies Strategy Management Training

Just One Thing—Hug a Project Manager

Management Excellence

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Leadership Development Carnival: June 2014 Edition

QAspire

Welcome to the June 02nd 2014 Carnival of Leadership Development. I am thankful to carnival leader Dan McCarthy for allowing me to host this event - a wonderful collection of very practical insights on Leadership Development. Namaste!

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.

Seth Godin on Project Leadership

QAspire

Our career is about what projects we initiated/handled/led and what difference did the project deliver. Project is a new eco-system, a new playground where we play and thrive as professionals to deliver our best. We live in a time when our career is not just a sum total of years we spent in the industry.

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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. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Projecting Professionalism

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

The Foundation of Collaborative Leadership

QAspire

Supervisors commanded and controlled others and leadership was often equated with “taking power”. Most successful projects and teams I have seen have one thing in common – effective collaboration.

Why Project Management Expertise Isn’t Enough: Lessons Learned from Security Breaches

Crossderry Blog

How many times have I heard that “a good project manager can manage any project?” My biggest issue with the claim is that it begs the question : he statement assumes we all agree that any project manager with a mastery of the profession’s tools and techniques can succeed anywhere. The ideal skill set — the PMI Talent Triangle — is a combination of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise. (

Leadership Caffeine™ for the Project Manager eBook Now Available!

Management Excellence

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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. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Projecting Professionalism

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.

Better Leadership in 2015 (And Beyond): 9 Essentials

QAspire

As I write this, I am thinking about leadership. But the same challenges are also opportunities to practice better leadership provided we understand what it takes to succeed as a leader in 2015 (and beyond). Traditional view of leadership is that leaders get work done through people.

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 to be planned and implemented. I recently met with a client who complained that a direct report was not completing projects that met her expectations, and that she had to make too many corrections to the projects while underway or when completed. Project Assignment/Acceptance Framework. The extent to which the framework is used will depending on the nature and complexity of the project.

Projects and Team Goals. Are we done yet?

Create Learning

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.