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Strategy for Leaders

New Year, New Goals!

Are Your Minding Your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?

Stakeholder Engagement

Silver Bullet to Project Success - Sponsor, PM and BA

Strategy for Leaders

Todd Williams, an executive consultant with three decades of experience helping organizations connect strategy to successful projects; just completed his latest book which was five years in the making.  In Filling Execution Gaps, Williams, closes the “gap” with a persuasive book that identifies the six execution “gaps”, clearly articulates the executive strategy to turn strategic goals into business value and opens a wider lens to the “larger system” for success – the executive, middle management, project manager and project team.

Per the latest PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017, “C-suite continues to be largely focused on bridging strategy formulation and execution and tackling technology and business disruption;” Williams’ research suggests organizations can meet these objectives if they fill these gaps. C-Suite executives, middle management, business and project leaders can use this book as a valuable reference and resource to gain real world insights so Williams shared his wisdom with me about his new book; here’s what he revealed about the gaps we’ve been missing.

Read the full articles on Linked In (Part 1 & 2) 

Posted on: January 16, 2018 12:46 AM | Permalink | Comments (13)

New Year, New Goals!

Categories: Career, Soft Skills

A new year is always a time to reflect on prior experience to move forward. Project managers (PM) need to learn to stretch themselves as they move along their career paths. Let’s look at how project managers can kick-start their career goals in 2018.

Reflect Back – Take stock of your accomplishments and failures; there is so much to learn by taking this first step early in the year. Besides, it’s time to dust off those old habits, wipe the slate clean and start fresh with new goals and objectives. 

Here are some questions to reflect on:

·        Are you reviewing what you learned through success and failure? Write down your strengths, weaknesses and blind spots and prioritize your goals to improve your skillsets and behaviors. 

Read the full article on Linkedin. 

Posted on: January 16, 2018 12:39 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Are Your Minding Your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?

As project and program managers you have plenty of obstacles in your way — don’t become another one. Have you assessed your emotional intelligence skill set to leverage your strengths and close the gaps? You can read about these six competencies that can propel your leadership and initiatives forward at my latest article on ProjectsatWork and attend PMXPO 2017 to listen to my in depth presentation on  this topic and stay afterwards to participate in a  live question and answer session facilitated at the end of my session.

 

Graphic: Weebly 

Published originally at ProjectsatWork

Posted on: April 20, 2017 02:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder engagement is a key topic that many project managers are either struggling with or are challenged developing key partnerships.

Recently, I was interviewed by Elise Stevens from FixMyProjectChaos and here are the three tips I had to share:

Click here to read article.

 

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Posted on: April 14, 2017 02:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Silver Bullet to Project Success - Sponsor, PM and BA

Categories: BA, PMP, Project Manager, Sponsor

Is your organization looking for that silver bullet; a fail-safe solution to avoid another project failure?  Project success should not be elusive if you have an executive sponsor, project manager and business analyst: 1) identified at the beginning of your project, 2) filled with competent trained staff, and 3) engaged with internal and external stakeholders throughout the project. In fact, these roles could be the remedy to cure major prevailing problems in your organization.  i.e.: poor project performance, over budget, solutions not meeting stakeholder needs/expectations. 

Let’s look at a snapshot of each role to better understand how the role and key behaviors/skillsets help sets the stage for project success.

Role

Key Behaviors/Skillsets

  • Executive Sponsor: Your role is a key role for project success; it’s time to elevate your commitment to provide necessary guidance for the project manager and business analyst.
  • Support, coach/mentor, communicates with stakeholders, escalates issues to senior management, remove barriers and approves resources for the project
  • Project Manager: (PM) Your role is shifting from project management to project leadership.  It’s time to step out of your comfort zone to coach sponsors, lead change, effectively manage your projects through the entire lifecycle and lead distributed global teams.
  • Leadership, coach/mentor, define project scope, communication with project team, stakeholders and sponsor, stakeholder expectation management, goal-driven, builds trust, results-oriented
  • Business Analyst: (BA) Your role is taking a front row seat where you belong alongside your business partner; the project manager.  BAs can really help move the needle forward to align projects for success.

 

  • Engagement with business, business analysis tasks i.e.: define solution scope and business requirements for alignment with business and project objectives, communicate concepts and details with diagrams and models

In a nutshell, the executive sponsor, PM and BA; all play leadership roles;

  • The Executive Sponsor owns the project and is responsible for benefits realization to create value for the business case,
  •  The PM leads the team and delivers the solution and
  • The BA ensures that the solution meets the business need and aligns with business and project objectives.

Reduce your risk of another project failure in your organization; enhance the collaboration of these key leaders to increase the likelihood your projects will be successful throughout their project lifecycle.

Originally published at ProjectWorld.com and KellyProjectSolutions

Graphic: Weebly

 

Posted on: April 14, 2017 01:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)
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