Project managers face an awkward and interesting leadership challenge. What do we do in these situations? What strategies are available, and what resources can we draw on in order to navigate our way to success? And what do we need to know about ourselves, our teams and our organizations if we are to genuinely lead effectively?
When you take over an in-flight project, it's important to know the circumstances of the change. This article is a personal story about taking over a well-managed project that was necessitated by unfortunate circumstances.
The sponsor and project manager should form a powerful leadership team that creates a positive environment. In reality, that often fails to occur--and the fault frequently lies with a “broken” relationship. Get some help in maximizing these roles.
There's nothing wrong with a PM feeling frustrated while leading--as long as they protect the team. Anyone can lead, but not everyone can lead in stressful times--and that’s when true leaders shine. Let's take a cue from two unlikely sources...
Why are there so many bad managers? Are they receiving specialized training to develop a specific set of skills intended to demotivate and annoy their workers, perhaps even chase them out of companies? If such training existed, what guidelines would be included?
The concept of leadership can be very complicated, but for one PM it can be boiled down to a few core principles: care, understanding, service and protection. Keeping a close monitor of these behaviors can help you become a better leader of projects, programs and teams--and inspire many in the process.
Can agile teams--even high-performing ones--burn out? Of course. Far too many teams seem to schedule their sprints sequentially or back to back, without a pause or break. So if you are suffering from burnout, what are some helpful techniques to refresh and recharge your teams?
Even in workplaces where organizations work hard to reduce the mistreatment of employees and decrease abuse of power, there are still a number of methods utilized that apply negative forces to achieve results. Read how three general concepts influence behavior with regard to personal fulfillment.
What exactly is it about project managers that make them “good” or “bad” leaders? Certainly it’s a combination of different factors--personality, integrity, communication skills--but is expertise a requirement of a good leader?
Knowing project management principles, tools and fundamentals is important, but many project managers who have mastered these things have failed. So what differentiates the good project managers from the great ones? Leadership, of course! Let's take a look at the qualities that can make you an even better PM...
The leader and their leadership style is characterized by whether they work from the top down or the bottom up. Examining the pros and cons of these two disparate methods can help you determine what kind of leader you need to be in order to make the maximum positive impact on your organization.
Many project managers are flying at ever-increasing heights--perhaps caused by the significant levels of governance and scrutiny that projects encounter today. There is a risk, however, that the PM who flies too high will lose sight of the day-to-day activities of the project team.
During a time of ever-increasing productivity needs, training should be extremely focused to ensure high return on investment. It seems important, therefore, to focus on a few key competencies rather than an all-encompassing set of competencies that are needed in different situations.
Project managers realize an engaged and supportive sponsor is instrumental in ensuring project success. However, many PMs struggle with building a collaborative relationship with the sponsor. This article presents three sponsor/project management relationship concepts.
Being nice is not a courtesy or even a basis for competitive advantage anymore. In today’s connected workplace with a less loyal and more mobile workforce, the economics of compassion are very real. See what smart companies are doing to recruit and retain the best talent.
Good project sponsorship is critical for success, but that accountability starts long before the project itself is approved. So why are sponsors frequently set up for failure by their organizations, and how can you change that?
Whether you are a sponsor or a project manager looking for a sponsor, you need to know what makes a sponsor good for a project. Look for and exhibit these traits to give you (and others) peace of mind…
When project teams or project managers become territorial or confrontational, the situation needs to be addressed immediately--and professionally. Here we look at some of the causes of what is a fairly common communication problem, and how to address it.
Friendlier communication tools can help to bridge the gap between project management and other business areas. Are you harnessing some simple yet effective visual aids to get crucial information across to your staff and stakeholders?
It’s very difficult to assign the right people to the right tasks, to ensure that the right training is delivered to the right people at the right time, and hire to fill skills gaps. How can you effectively track your resource pool’s skills efficiently?
Why is team ownership important? It is essential to agile team success because individuals thrive on ownership. With ownership, you have a stake in the game and push to find the best solution. The difficulty is that most corporate cultures have command-and-control leaders. Here is some help...
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 painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun."