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Let’s Meet Paul Bruno…

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From the making of the Jeep to the sinking of the Titanic, Paul Bruno shines a light on the past to find valuable lessons for today’s project leaders. “I love helping make the future happen,” the author, consultant and trainer says.

Paul, how did you get into project management? I transitioned into project management from an executive position in 2001 after holding various jobs in information technology, including personal computer support, systems programmer and information systems auditing.

What do you love most about the work? The ability to positively impact an organization and help that organization move forward through the implementation of projects.  Projects always represent change, and I love helping make the future happen.

What do you find most challenging or frustrating? Given projects represent change, the most challenging or frustrating aspect revolves around dealing with the “people issues” that always accompany these endeavors. However, these challenges and frustrations also represent an opportunity to help individuals, and I prefer to focus on that.

How has Covid-19 impacted your work? The fundamentals of project management have not changed, but executing those fundamentals remotely has required some adjustments, including quickly learning the nuances of being effective in virtual meetings.

What's your proudest professional achievement? The publication of my two books on early Jeep history, The Original Jeeps (2020) and Project Management in History: The First Jeep (2014).

What's the best piece of advice you've received or can share? Two, from Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. First, don’t criticize, condemn or complain. When followed we have more room for positive thoughts. Second, remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language. I always try to call everyone I encounter by their name.

How has helped you in your work and career? has proved an excellent resource to network with fellow project managers, and to keep up with the latest news and trends in the profession. It offers superb webinars and other resources to earn PDUs.

What interests or hobbies do you have outside work? History, of course, and in particular, United States, European, military and political.

Favorite TV show, artist, movie? Star Trek, Tom Hanks and Castaway.

Best vacation? Hawaii, and visits to U.S. National Parks dedicated to history and Presidential libraries.

Thanks you Paul!

To connect with Paul Bruno and find links to his PM History Lessons series on, visit his profile.


Posted by Aaron Smith on: March 11, 2021 03:09 PM | Permalink

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Great profile, interview and achievements - nice to e-meet you Paul.

Dear Aaron:
Interesting this little interview with Paulo Bruno
From the articles he wrote and that I had the opportunity to read, I am convinced that Paulo could add more value to our community
For that it was enough that the questions were other

Luis and Rami, thanks for the kind words! Blessings to you both! Paul

Nice interview with Paul Bruno.... Thanks for sharing this piece Aaron

Great piece of advice & learning. Thanks a lot Paul for sharing your experience & thoughts!!

Thanks Kwiyuh, Abolfazl and Alok for your kind thoughts. Blessings! Paul

Thanks Paphatpisit!

Like the sentence: "I love helping make the future happen", similar to one of my favorites that I discovered some time ago "we don't know the future, this is why we invent it every day", and projects are all about making it happen, transforming ideas and strategies into something tangible that brings real value to citizens, companies and the world.
Thanks Paul for the interview!

Manuel, thanks for the kind comments and the connection request. Most appreciated! Paul

Paul, thank you for sharing your profile, especially for those thoughts about how project management projects have improved the organizations from which you work.

Thank you Paul for sharing your experience.

Shanos and Michael, my bad Michael didn't see your comment before today :-(, and I also may have missed Kwiyah and Abolfazi.
Thank you all for your kind comments. Most appreciated! Blessings to you both! Paul

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