Tips To Improve Your Business and Project Management Skills

Strategy Driven

Businesses need managers to run successful operations at various levels and across various departments. These managers efficiently plan, manage, supervise, control and monitor business operations. Time management skills come helpful in optimising time to meet your project deadlines.

4 Must-Have Skills of the Well-Rounded Project Manager

Strategy Driven

In today’s business environment, project managers are now recognized for their critical role in keeping essential business functions running smoothly. As such, there’s been a corresponding boom in demand for workers with project management skills.

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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. The starting point was that our best managers have teams that perform better , are retained better, are happier — they do everything better,” Laszlo Bock, Google's VP for "people operations" says. “So Google clearly hopes to recapture some of the nimbleness and innovative spirit of its early years.

Thoughts on Project Leadership and Choices


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer Thoughts on Project Leadership and Choices I love project management as a subject not only because it gets so much work done, but also because project management manifests how people operate.

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? !

Prioritize Before Starting Your Project

First Friday Book Synopsis

Launching a project before you have a good sense of all its components will likely slow down your operation. Bob's blog entries "Guide to Project Management" Harvard Business Review. HBR newsletters Management Tip of the Day Prioritize Before Starting Your ProjectHere is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here.

Leading Projects: Balancing Rational with Emotion


A start-up or a fledgling organization relies on individual heroism of their people to successfully deliver projects. These team members are enthusiastic, engaged and willing to see the project succeed. They are emotionally connected to the purpose of project/organization. Emotion is the basis of how they operate. But often, project managers focus too much on the planning, scheduling, managing risks and watching the metrics that they forget to focus on people.

The Case for Crowdsourcing Projects as a Business

Strategy Driven

Does your business suffer “blindness” to problems relating to your operations and its industry as a whole? You might have your own vision for how a project should go, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best possible vision for your business.

Prioritize Before Starting Your Project

First Friday Book Synopsis

Launching a project before you have a good sense of all its components will likely slow down your operation. Bob's blog entries "Guide to Project Management" Harvard Business Review. HBR newsletters Management Tip of the Day Prioritize Before Starting Your ProjectHere is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here.

StrategyDriven Advisory Services helps businesses become more operationally effective

Strategy Driven

Because of our advisors’ direct leadership experience, StrategyDriven Advisory Services will initially focus on the Energy, Non-Profit, and Government sectors,” asserts Greg Gaskey, StrategyDriven’s Chief Operating and Financial Officer. “We’ve Program and project management.

Complimentary Resource – Maintaining Continuity of Operations with.

Strategy Driven

Click here for more information on Maintaining Continuity of Operations with a Disaster Tolerance Strategy. StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D.

5 Early Warning Signals for a BPI Project

Strategy Driven

Can you recognize the early warning signals that derail a business process improvement project? Many articles have been written about what makes process improvement projects fail and usually they list critical success factors. Let me discuss two factors: The Project Charter.

Greg Gaskey Named StrategyDriven Enterprises Chief Operations Officer

Strategy Driven

Executive leader brings hands-on management and operational experience to StrategyDriven’s Power & Utilities focused advisory services. While there, he oversaw multi-$100+ million nuclear and non-nuclear lifecycle maintenance projects for the U.S.

Managerial Leadership Training Tool: Using DTC Operator Innovation Planning

Mike Cardus

Dimension Time Cost Operator. Dimension Time Cost Operator (DTC) – is a tool for for seeing problems differently exploring ideas of extremes in size and cost. The DTC Operator can work to release Psychological Inertia. The DTC Operator Algorithm.

How to Identify Your Project Stakeholders Interest

Mike Cardus

Design by 12GrainStudio How to Identify Project Stakeholders Interest Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 Posted by: mike Attempting to institute new projects and processes within an existing culture can prove to be Sisyphean.

Team Building & Leadership Process for a Retail Operation; New.

Mike Cardus

Design by 12GrainStudio Team Building & Leadership Process for a Retail Operation; New Product Launch Saturday, November 27th, 2010 Posted by: mike Team Building & Leadership process that was created for a retail organization that was preparing for a new product launch.

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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.

HR Project Manager – Clarkson University – Potsdam, NY

HR Digest

Works with SMEs in the HR department to create, maintain and revise standard operating procedures for the HR team. HR Project Manager - Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY. The post HR Project Manager – Clarkson University – Potsdam, NY appeared first on The HR Digest. HR Jobs. Strong understanding of HR systems. From Clarkson University - Wed, 03 Jul 2019 18:04:12 GMT - View all Potsdam, NY jobs.

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?

“Nailed it.” A lesson in overcoming project complexity

Deming Institute

When your project shows signs of trouble, go basic first. Having been a consultant/leader with a Big 4 firm, my project experience is extensive and varied. Project work sometimes got complicated, and we’d have to resort to heroic measures to finish.


Risk Management Best Practice 5a – Monitoring for Organization-Wide Performance Risk Associated with Large Capital Projects

Strategy Driven

Large capital projects represent a significant investment on the part of an organization and can therefore impact, either positively or negatively, the company’s financial position, if not its viability.

Failed Culture Change Causes Failed IT Projects

The Practical Leader

But many of these projects are poorly implemented. This leads to sizeable cost overruns, missed deadlines, disrupted operations, unhappy customers, and stressed out employees. Many organizations are implementing significant overhauls of their IT systems.

Make Your Initiative More Than Just a Side Project

Change Starts Here

You have gained leadership support, started implementing your project, and people are actually participating! The project is really humming along, getting some results, but you still have a nagging feeling that if you let go, everything would go back to the way it was. The organization still sees the initiative as something special, an exception to the normal operation. The following are a few ways to switch your change away from being just a side project.

Customer Intimacy, Meet Operational Excellence

Harvard Business Review

What is more important to company success, a strong external focus on customer experiences or an internal focus on effective and efficient operations? Terry Sutton , vice president of business transformation, told me that "The systems we''re implementing are about operational excellence.

If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen

Mike Cardus

If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen: They get promoted. Their level of performance drops. They resign or transfer. With either option, the high performers learn: The more you do around here, the more they ask you to do.

Getting an Intricate Operation Back in Sync

Harvard Business Review

Facing interconnected operational issues, members of the eight-person senior leadership team were turning against one another. Essentially it is a fresh start, and it can begin any time we have an operational breakdown, to remind people of the need for change and continual improvement.

New Technology Won’t Automatically Improve Your Operations

Harvard Business Review

Advanced tools for creating and testing new products and the operations that will make them are all around us. They are not only changing the economics of innovation and operations, they are also pushing the frontier of what’s possible. The Future of Operations.

The Dirty Little Secret About Digitally Transforming Operations

Harvard Business Review

Operations in a Connected World. A major train operator, for example, designed an advanced analytics solution in order to better understand the failure behavior of a major battery pack in one of its train models. Change management Project management Analytics IT Digital Article

The 5 Kinds of Blockchain Projects (and Which to Watch Out For)

Harvard Business Review

Technology Operations Digital ArticleStarting one because of FOMO is never a good idea.

5 Ways to Take Back a Delegated Project

Ron Edmondson

Also, on the subject of delegation… Have you ever given away a project, though, 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?

Advice: Manage Well by Leading Better

N2Growth Blog

One could say the same forMicrosoft when Bill Gates viewed himself as the visionary and Steve Ballmer was the operator. More recently Larry Page has shifted his role from co-creator at Google to CEO displacing Eric Schmidt in day-to-day operations.

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The Importance of communication to aid project launches

Chartered Management Institute

Acquisition was completed with signifcant tasks for Operation Income. We are in the middle of launching a new program and factory for the launch of the Mercedes M and GL class vehicle in Alabama in June. This is a new Customer, a new plant and a new production team. The Engineering has been done in Europe with a supply base in North America and Asia. Timing was incredibly tight. You are not watching this post, click to start watching. Honest Communication

Developing The CEO Within You.

Rich Gee Group

Some are: Financial – This is all-important – I can’t tell you how many executives I would watch sit in meeting and clearly see they had no idea what was in front of them on our financial projections. Operational – Know how the organization works inside and out. You’re moving on up.

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How to Prioritize Your Company’s Projects

Harvard Business Review

Behind that problem was a deeper one: We had more than 100 large projects (each worth over 500,000 euros) under way. The bank was using a project management tool, but the lack of discipline in keeping it up to date made it largely fruitless. Capacity, not strategy, was determining which projects launched and when. If people were available, the project was launched. Prioritization at a strategic and operational level is often the difference between success and failure.

A Look Inside Lockheed Martin’s Space-Age Operations

Harvard Business Review

That requires constant innovation, in both our products and our own operations. The Future of Operations. When they have a notion for a project, they present it to the leadership team, which then provides funding for teams to mature their concepts.

Leadership Caffeine Podcast—Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg on What’s Your Problem?

Art Petty

Enclosure Great Leadership Must Be More About What Happens Before the Crisis Rethinking Your Management Approach and Your Team’s Operating Routine in Real-Time. Decision-Making Leadership Caffeine Leadership Caffeine Podcast Leading Change Product Management Project Management Think Differently Framing Problem Solving Reframing Thomas-Wedell-Wedellsborg What's Your Problem

The First Thing Leaders Need to Do When Leading a Big Change

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Phil Buckley : Most leaders will lead their organizations through multiple big change projects. The first thing leaders need to ask themselves is, “What do I bring to the project?” Review past change projects they have led and what they learned from them.

Get Your Operations in Shape by Focusing on Process

Harvard Business Review

Many organizations would do well to heed his advice, with far too many companies out of shape operationally. In every company where I've seen operational sclerosis, the fault begins at the top of the organization — those who decide how to allocate capital, measure performance, set promotions, and determine which operational problems to fix and when. increase market share in the Asia-Pacific market) into operational objectives (e.g.,

Leadership & The Expectation Gap

N2Growth Blog

Treat promises like projects : Build a culture that breaks down all commitments into deliverables, benchmarks and deadlines. Treating all commitments and promises as formal projects will help manage performance risk and will also create continuity of process and delivery.

Mario Livio: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Dr Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), the institute which conducts the scientific program of the Hubble Space Telescope, and will conduct the scientific program of the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. He has published more than 400 scientific papers and received awards and recognition for research, […].

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Google’s Quest to Build a Better Boss

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Adam Bryant for The New York Times (March 12, 2001) in which he focuses on a plan that Google code-named Project Oxygen in early 2009. To read the complete article, please click here. * * * Laszlo Bock of Google says its study found [.].

Leadership and Resourcing

N2Growth Blog

You see if the project/initiative was worth planning and implementing, it should have been worth resourcing. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. It’s not what you have, but what you’re able to make out of what you have that matters.

The Future Economy Project

Harvard Business Review

To do so, we have created the Future Economy Project. How can you make core business operations more sustainable? According to the Risky Business Project , the cost of the damage done to property and infrastructure by storms along the U.S.’s If you believe that businesses can be a force for good and have a social responsibility for improving the communities where they operate, then there are few causes more important than fighting climate change. Future Economy.