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Peter Taylor is the author of two best-selling books on ‘Productive Laziness’ – ‘The Lazy Winner’ and ‘The Lazy Project Manager’. In the last 4 years he has focused on writing and lecturing with over 200 presentations around the world in over 25 countries and has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’. His mission is to teach as many people as possible that it is achievable to ‘work smarter and not harder’ and to still gain success in the battle of the work/life balance. More information can be found at – and through his free podcasts in iTunes.

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Music is a very personal matter; as I write this I am listening to the band Golden Earring playing ‘Radar Love’ (perhaps the finest pop/rock single ever produced… see you are already disagreeing with me, it is a personal choice after all, I know that).

But, musical taste aside, if you take a fairly typical four piece pop/rock band it commonly consists of a drummer, a bass player, a lead guitarist and a vocalist.

  • The drummer provides a steady beat and emphasises the other instruments and vocals, perhaps with the occasional solo where they have full control of the flow and style of the music being played. The drummer can be very influential within a band.
  • The bass player has the crucial role in the band and the group members depend on the bassist's subtle lead. If the guitarist or drummer makes a mistake it can easily going unnoticed but if the bassist makes a mistake, everyone will instantly know that something is wrong.
  • The lead guitarist is one of the most important contributors in a band, whether they just add in riffs here and there or play mesmerising guitar solos. There is an added attraction to the role in that they are typically second only to the lead vocalist when it comes to fame, spotlight, and all that comes with that.
  • Finally the lead vocalist is the most often the main focus of the audience’s attention. This is due partly to the fact that the front person is interpreting the lyrics which make up the story of the song and partly due to the singers charisma.

Now consider your style as a project manager, which one are you?

  • A ‘drummer’ offering a steady backbeat to keep the rhythm of the project on track?
  • A ‘bassist’ keeping the team together ensuring that no mistakes are made?
  • A ‘lead guitarist’ adding in inspirational leadership moments and creativity?
  • A ‘vocalist’ interpreting the vision of the project and being the figurehead?

Or perhaps you play more than one role…

And maybe I should have add that the project sponsor is perhaps more like the band manager/impresario, although one person added ‘sadly I think the project sponsor can sometimes be more like the cynical (NME?) musical journalist...!’.

Another contributor to the discussion proposed that the project manager was the ‘roadie’ making sure that all aspects from start to end perform successfully.

And finally a few wise words from a further commentator ‘the conductor is like the project manager - he doesn't need to be able to play all the instruments - just to get the best out of the performers - the band/orchestra/project team’.


Radar Love – Golden Earring -

Posted on: May 28, 2015 03:35 AM | Permalink

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Currently a PMP, formerly a singer in a rock band. I relate to that role and that's how I approach my business every day.
Radar love is a fine tune, Kickstart my Heart may be best ever though ;-)

I guess I''m a bassist with the occasional solo for inspiration and creativity. Apart from that for me it''s Foreigner with Juke Box Hero

Excellent illustration of the styles of a PM !!! Thanks.

Nice article .

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