It’s Time to Focus on Projects, Not Ideas

Leading Blog

W E get distracted from what matters to us by our personal projects. Charlie Gilkey says in Start Finishing that a project is “anything that takes time, energy, and attention to complete.” We don’t want to do any more projects.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Project Power

Joseph Lalonde

Project Power is a unique Netflix original movie. The premise is that a drug is being manufactured and distributed that gives users superpowers for 5 minutes. The catch? You don’t know what your superpower will be. Your power could be incredible, or it could be deadly.


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How to Run a Better Project: A Communication Tool For Project Managers

Let's Grow Leaders

Whether you’re a PMI certified project manager working to spearhead several large-scale projects, or a manager balancing a critical project while still doing your day job, you know the importance of communication. The post How to Run a Better Project: A Communication Tool For Project Managers appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Project Management Winning Well PMI certification project management project managers

Balance your Workload on High-Visible Projects

Career Advancement

She was striving to increase her visibility by taking on high-profile projects. She’d taken on two new projects that made up nearly half of her workload. You definitely don’t want to sacrifice your performance in your current job to your high-profile projects.

Top Tips For Construction Project Managers

Strategy Driven

Construction projects are famously difficult to manage, and this is because there are often so many moving parts. A small issue that can arise in construction can end up having huge consequences, and this is why so many projects often end up over budget and/or past the deadline.

5 Mistakes that Will Derail Your Credibility as a Project Manager

Let's Grow Leaders

Whether you’re a professional PMI certified project manager or juggling projects on top of your day job, you know your credibility matters — a lot. The post 5 Mistakes that Will Derail Your Credibility as a Project Manager appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Project Management project management project manager stakeholder

Change Projects vs. Organizational Change

Change Starts Here

Are you implementing a change project, or are you implementing organizational change? It’s an important distinction that may impact the success of your initiative. For example: Are you implementing a process improvement methodology, or are you creating a continuous improvement culture?

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.

5 Tragic Mistakes that Will Derail Your Action Learning Projects

Let's Grow Leaders

Done well, action learning projects, where groups work together to address real business problems, can provide an immediate ROI that more than pays for your training investment. The post 5 Tragic Mistakes that Will Derail Your Action Learning Projects appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Career & Learning training action learning project leadership development

Frontline Festival: Best Practices in Project Management and Project Planning

Let's Grow Leaders

Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on project management and planning. We’ve been doing a lot of work with project managers and their teams in our corporate work as well as speaking at a number of Project Management Institute conferences and […]. The post Frontline Festival: Best Practices in Project Management and Project Planning appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

The Nickname Project

Leadership Freak

Nurse Alice Tittle said Claudia Alta Taylor was, “… as pretty as a lady bird.” At two years old, Claudia became, “Lady Bird.” (NYT) NYT) Claudia became the First Lady of the United States… Continue reading → Encouragement Strengths Taking others higher Leadership Leadership Development Organizational Development

Top 6 Tips for Project Management Success

Strategy Driven

Whether you are managing a multi-million dollar project or overseeing tasks for a small startup, being a project manager can be a stressful and challenging role. Fortunately, by following a few tips and implementing a few best practices, you can manage your project to success.

Project Management: How to Hold the Best Accountability Conversations

Let's Grow Leaders

Project management isn’t for the faint of heart. You’re pressured from above to produce results and from below to cultivate relationships with your project teams. The post Project Management: How to Hold the Best Accountability Conversations appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Communication Winning Well accountability conversations project managementAnd in between, you’ve got scope creep, stakeholder politics, and vaguely supported contingency plans.

KidPower 2015 Earth Day Project – Coaching Kids to Lead

Lead Change Blog

This month, COI is undertaking an ambitious Earth Day project titled, KidPower2015 Earth Day Project , with the goal of encouraging COI kids to be leaders in the movement to protect the Earth for future generations. COI kids will be participating in this joint project with fourth graders at Hollywood Central Elementary School and the children at the Light of Future School #1 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The classroom served as the project’s “proving grounds.”

Improving Your Team’s Lean Project Management

Strategy Driven

At its core, lean project management is about delivering greater value while minimizing waste. If your goal is to improve your team’s lean project management, resulting in greater efficiency and productivity, you need to take a number of key steps.

How to See Your Projects to Completion


Most of the major initiatives we pursue are conducted as projects. What do you do when those projects go up in flames? There are seven common reasons our projects go bad and the ways to avoid them. Projects go off the rails all the time.

3 Lessons from the Gratitude Project

Leadership Freak

3 Lessons from the Gratitude Project #1.… I’m keeping a gratitude journal until November 28, 2019. Every evening or morning I use a pen to express thanks for three things in a journal. … Continue reading → Gratitude Leadership Development

Six Reasons Even the Best Project Managers Fail

Let's Grow Leaders

The project is mission critical, and complicated with lots of moving parts across departments. You’ve assigned your rock star, PMI certified project manager to shepherd the process and the project is way behind schedule. Project Management Winning Well PMI certification project managersShe’s frustrated, you’re one missed deadline away from frantic, […].

Radical Uncertainty: Why Your Projects Fall Flat and What to Do About It

Leading Blog

That’s how humans approach remarkable challenges… and how I’m unconsciously going about one of my projects. When projects deal with human behavior, it always results in radical uncertainty. For my project, I began by asking myself, What’s going on here?

Adding Change Management to an Existing Project

Change Starts Here

In my latest Fundamentals of Influencing Change at Work course, one of the participants asked a question: How do I integrate change management into the structure of a project that’s already happening?

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

Top 5 Responses When Your Consulting Firm Loses a Project

David A Fields

Is there a best way to respond to a prospect when they tell you they won’t be awarding your consulting firm a project? Losing a project is frustrating. The post Top 5 Responses When Your Consulting Firm Loses a Project appeared first on David A.

Lead Change Book Project Summer 2011

Lead Change Blog

Projects book project character-based leadership fight the resistance lead changeThese are times to make a raucous noise. These are times to stand up and proclaim what it is you believe. It is time for us to come together in unison and to offer up better ways that can change the world. Such a noble goal is part of the inspiration for all of us [.] Lead Change Group - Leaders Growing Leaders.

Construction Project Management: Top Things to Know

Strategy Driven

No big construction project can be successful without proper project management, whether professional or not. A project manager is there to navigate the projects and establish functional connections with multiple teams. What are the Key Functions of Project Management?

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.

A 5 Step Project That Fuels Energy and Performance

Leadership Freak

Peter Drucker 5 step project: #1. “A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weakness, let alone on something one cannot do at all.”

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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 […]. The post Improving Project Productivity appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development project execution project management

10 Questions to Ask When Starting a Project

Women on Business

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When Projects Fail

Leadership Freak

We had a project fail. 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. Finger-pointing is the loser’s way of getting […].

Steps and Tips for Proper Project Planning

Lead Change Blog

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

How to Be a Successful Project Manager

Women on Business

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Why Large Complex Projects Often Fail

Lead Change Blog

You don’t have to go very far to find a failed multi-million dollar project. To be clear, let’s define failure as a multi-million dollar project that ran consistently over budget and behind schedule; some came in years late. Why Large Complex Projects Often Fail. Best of Blogs Series Leadership Development complexity failure Project Management risk take a risk

A Simple, Project Finder for Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

One, easy-to remember question quickly identifies consulting projects for your consulting firm. The post A Simple, Project Finder for Your Consulting Firm appeared first on David A.

How to Tune Construction Job Costing Software for Improving Project Tracking

Strategy Driven

Having a clear view and set guidelines are important for a project. Hence, it’s a given to include job costing software for all construction jobs and having regular flow between projects. Just one construction project can engulf several tasks and provisions.

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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.

Top Project Management Challenges

Strategy Driven

Did you know that organizations lose $109 million for every $1 billion invested in projects and programs? It’s a staggering number to consider, and even more shocking, it’s due in part to the fact that over the last year, less than a third of all projects were successfully completed on time and on budget. Ask any project manager, and you’ll hear that one of the top problems that they face is a high tolerance for failure.

Three Most Common Traps In Project Management

Eric Jacobson

In Susanne Madsen’s book, The Power Of Project Leadership , she recommends that you do not fall prey to these three most common traps in project management: Managing tasks, events and processes at the expense of leading people.

Have a Big Project? Start Here

Kevin Eikenberry

There is much written about (and worth learning about) project planning and goal achievement. You can learn many strategies and approaches to help your projects be successful and your goals be reached. Leadership Learning Manage Projects Personal Development Quotations confidence project management project success Samuel Johnson Self-confidence Seldom is today’s starting point discussed.

How Project Managers Can Stay Relevant in Agile Organizations

Harvard Business

What does it take to effectively manage projects whose requirements are constantly shifting? Project management Digital Article

Is It Time to Change the Definition of Project Success?

Women on Business

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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. We wrote a book! A virtual community of 21 authors (all contributing authors to the Lead Change Group) came together to share their wisdom and perspectives [.]. Lead Change Book Leadership Development book Character collaboration leadchange Leadership

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. Why is the stakeholder interested/not interested in the success of your project? You should monitor their expectations for the project regularly and make sure they are well-informed.

10 Ways 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.