An organization running a fully outsourced PMO?! Crazy talk, right? Not so fast. Read on for a case study of an unusual PMO model--and what all PMOs can learn from it.
Modern leaders and managers increasingly recognize the importance of being able to influence people over whom they don’t have formal authority. Because authority is becoming an ambiguous concept, contemporary leaders can no longer simply tell others what to do, particularly when facing common issues such as: - Working across departments in a matrix and flat structure, where authority and responsibility are unclear. - Working across cultures in multi-site or multinational organizations. - Managing projects across national boundaries. - Managing cross-functional and cross-cultural teams located in different countries. - Trying to get ideas accepted upward and across organizations.
Join us as Peter Block wraps up a book club discussion of his book Flawless Consulting.
Join us as Peter Block gives a high level overview of his book Flawless Consulting. In this webinar, Peter Block will describe the skills needed to affect positive business outcomes and create business partnerships that really work, whatever your role. Using his Flawless Consulting model, you will learn a methodology that will help create the confidence to set expectations and develop a systematic approach to the project management life cycle.
Summation of our discussions and key points with our author. All are welcome, please ensure you have read the book Change Intelligence
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What happens when the consultant falls short of their billing as an industry expert? Here is a humorous look at some of the consultant characters that you may have encountered--and survival tips for dealing with them.
There are some excellent benefits to working directly with customers, but there are pressures that you need to be aware of and actively manage if you are to be successful. Here are three examples of the types of pressure you will feel, and some advice for navigating through them. If you are considering working for as a consulting or professional services project manager, read on.
What are the myths of consulting, and how do you deal with those misconceptions and prejudices about working with customers? Let's take a look at three of them...
What's the difference? From time to time, organizations find themselves in a dilemma trying to decide whether they should use an in-house PM or PM consultant to manage important projects. Being aware of the tradeoffs and making conscious decisions on each is the best way to minimize unintended consequences.
There are really two major career paths to follow in the world of financial services project management--pursue the role of Corporate Project Manager or Consultant Project Manager. For the latter track, it is broken down further into two roles. In this article, we will examine the pros and cons of being an Independent Consultant.
In order to better evaluate a career in project management consulting, one should first step back and understand the different types of PM consultant roles. In this second installment in a series of three, we discuss the pros and cons of the firm-based project management consultant--and how they can enhance an organization's strategy.
While there are several strategies for improving client satisfaction, a sustained focus on three essential attributes can help cement a successful consulting engagement.
Is "consultant" a dirty word? Many consultants get a bad name from the fact that they become indistinguishable from the organizational employees that they work alongside. How do you know that hiring a consultant is a good idea?
Some studies have indicated that the real benefits of offshore outsourcing can be diminished by issues in communication, skill sets and accountability. But if managed properly, offshore IT projects can reap substantial rewards.
Many consulting engagements see frustrated consultants because they are not allowed to do what they feel is needed to maximize the chances of success. Here, we look at how these scenarios can be avoided--something that starts with trust.
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