Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:21:42 GMT Vision to Value: Executing Strategically Focused Initiatives https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/304895/Vision-to-Value--Executing-Strategically-Focused-Initiatives Executing initiatives, and their component projects, successfully means delivering value to customers. The Vision to Value blog focuses on solutions to the organizational problems that inhibit that success. Do Executive Sponsors, Not Project Managers, Hold the Key to Project Success? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/39587/Do-Executive-Sponsors--Not-Project-Managers--Hold-the-Key-to-Project-Success-- Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:39:50 GMT Jonathan Norman, from the Facebook's Major Projects Knowledge Hub, and I talk about one of the six major gaps that cause project failure--the executive sponsor. Should the role be renamed "Accountable Executive?" Is leadership more important, or fo they go hand-in-hand. ... Has an Executive Sponsors Ever Deserted You? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/37939/Has-an-Executive-Sponsors-Ever-Deserted-You- Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:27:25 GMT Have you ever had an executive sponsor desert you?  What can you do about it? Are you stuck with a bad sponsor? Or, maybe it is not the sponsor at all, could it be you?  I recently had a great chat with one of projectmanagement.com's prolific contributors, E... Are Strategic Projects Really the Most Important? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/34239/Are-Strategic-Projects-Really-the-Most-Important- Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:33:56 GMT Strategy is a heavily used and misused word. It is regularly confused with tactics and often conveys some level on importance. Due to our culture, people work it into their project titles and resumes trying to increase their perceived importance. It works, as most people see the word and think elite... Culture v. Project Success: How to Win https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/20446/Culture-v--Project-Success--How-to-Win Thu, 12 May 2016 21:07:02 GMT Ranking challenges on a project, culture has to be in the top five root causes for failure. An ally in that is Kristine BrieÅūkalne who contacted me a few weeks ago to get my thoughts. After all having worked in Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Israel, United States, and Canada, I wear many scars of ... Are You Herding the Cats or Leading the Cats? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/16373/Are-You-Herding-the-Cats-or-Leading-the-Cats- Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:34:38 GMT As we are well into the last half of this decade, it is time to reflect on our past and contemplate the future. With the New Year we think about our families, our friends, our successes and failures; we think about our jobs, our professions, and the world of possibilities. We must reaffirm our true ... Project Leadership: Lessons From FedEx https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/16192/Project-Leadership--Lessons-From-FedEx Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:55:43 GMT "I just want to be a project manager. I don't want all that responsibility." The room was silent, save a few exasperated sighs. Everyone looked around the room trying to figure out how we would handle the comment. No one addressed it. In fact though, there are many levels of ... Leading Without Authority: Influencing Your Stakeholders https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/15835/Leading-Without-Authority--Influencing-Your-Stakeholders Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:12:25 GMT Leadership is more than leading the people who report to you. As a project manager, you need to lead a team which you rarely have any authority over. The absence of hierarchical advantage adds a challenge, but is ideal training on how to deal with managers, customers, and difficult pe... Executives And Project Success https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/15274/Executives-And-Project-Success Tue, 03 Nov 2015 19:38:48 GMT Few would question that executives are responsible for ensuring projects are aligned with the corporate vision, goals, and strategy. Yet, everyone seems to forget that the business environment changes almost daily and initiatives must also to remain in line with these goals. To achieve thi... Organization Failures Cause Project Failures https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/15275/Organization-Failures-Cause-Project-Failures Mon, 19 Oct 2015 02:54:40 GMT Vision, honesty, and transparency: three key ingredients for project success. I reminded of this when thumbing through the archives this week and ran across an interview I gave on Blog Talk Radio's Tom on Leadership program. His audience, primarily from the C-Suite, is k... Peanuts For Communications https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/15100/Peanuts-For-Communications Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:22:14 GMT Back in the eighties, I was working for a large aerospace company cutting my teeth as a systems analyst. My bosses were a little older than I am now, and they loved talking about the days before cubicles, pontificating on how personal computers were inferior to mainframes, and reminiscing about the...