Let's share with you a compendium of advice from the general Colin Powell about Leadership primer:
"Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off."
"The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."
"Don't be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world."
"Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard."
"Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant."
"You don't know what you can get away with until you try."
"Keep looking below surface appearances. Don't shrink from doing so (just) because you might not like what you find."
"Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don't much matter. Endeavours succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds."
"Organization charts and hence titles count for next to nothing."
"Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it."
"Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission."
"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."
"Powell's Rules for Picking People"—Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done."
"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand."
Part I: "Use the formula P=40 to 70, in which P stands for the probability of success and the numbers indicate the percentage of information acquired." Part II: "Once the information is in the 40 to 70 range, go with your gut."
"The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise."
"Have fun in your command. Don't always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you've earned it. Spend time with your families."
"Command is lonely."
hope these lessons provide you the same road to success that they provided General Powell. Good luck...!!!
What’s Quality & Quality Management…?
The term "quality" has a relative meaning. This is expressed by the ISO definition: "The totality of features and characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs". In simpler words, one can say that a product has good quality when it "complies with the requirements specified by the client".
Quality management is a discipline for ensuring that outputs, benefits, and the processes by which they are delivered, meet stakeholder requirements and are fit for purpose.
Inside an organization that is take care about quality, three components should be founded:
A statement of objectives and policy to produce quality should be made for the organization or department concerned and also identifies the internal organization and responsibilities for the effective operation of the Quality System.
Which should be included the continual improvement strategy that is the generic term used by organizations to describe how information provided by quality assurance and quality control processes is used to drive improvements in efficiency and effectiveness.
As The ISO definition: "the assembly of all planned and systematic actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that a product, process, or service will satisfy given quality requirements."
As defined by ISO as "the operational techniques and activities that are used to satisfy quality requirements. An important part of the quality control is the Quality Assessment: the system of activities to verify if the quality control activities are effective, in other words: an evaluation of the products themselves.
Human Behavioral & Quality
Projects, programs and portfolios are ultimately about motivating and coordinating People (Project Team) to achieve specified objectives that’s should be satisfied by another People (Customers or Stakeholders). In order to do this, an individual manager needs to understand various skills and deliver these in a professional manner.
Behaviorism see psychological disorders as the result of maladaptive learning, as people are born a blank slate and assumes that all behavior is learnt from the environment and symptoms are acquired through classical conditioning and operating conditions; So, quality vision and targets should be build-in project management methodology.
People management is a process and should be studied like any other processes in project. They need to be assessed and trained on the latest requirements of process and product quality as required by the customers and market and identified correctly what’s customer needs to prevent the gold plating.
Gold Plating “refers to the process or concept of adding functionality beyond what is covered by the requirements - possibly even beyond what is practical or reasonable for the effort”.
Project manager should be always managing a way to make the project customer/key stakeholders feel more important with easy way to show more value as a PM to the customer on various project phases.
Finally, Project Manager should be has a coaching skills that's will inevitably be times when you need to correct behavior. Learn to do this properly. If you do it correctly, you will get the results you want. If you do it poorly, things can go horribly wrong.
Life sometimes takes over and these days, work-life balance can seem like an impossible feat; but like when you are leading a major project, you should determine early on what a win should look like. The same principle applies to leading a deliberate life: You have to define what success means to you—understanding, of course, that your definition will evolve over time— then you plan your project/life.
Same case should be planned in your project life cycle; many projects fails due to the project culture/team doesn’t have a fit balance between work and real life. When you have a healthy work-life balance is essential to keeping employees productive, happy and sharp. So, one of project manager role is to keep a project life in balancing mode for his business target and team emotional. Work-life balance means something different to every individual, but you will be found many of health and career experts share tips to help you find the balance that’s right for you.
“When I talk about balance, not everything has to be the completion and achievement of a task, it also has to include self-care so that your body, mind and soul are being refreshed,” says Puder-York.
For project managers, finding that balance may take a little extra effort; so, some of tips that can help a project manager:
Firstly, you should define what’s make you successful or what’s your goals included prioritized them with time frame.
Secondly, you should plan your efforts to achieve your goals without to be deeply under pressure you or your team almost of time.
You should establish a support networks both in the office and at home; Project managers always need to communicate – So, may be some of the busiest people in an office, but that doesn't mean their personal lives should suffer.
Finally, so how do you deal with work/life balance? Here are some key ideas:
It’s not simple and it won’t be resolved tomorrow but you can get much, much better at this with time.
Cultural intelligence refers to your ability to adapt, function, and thrive when interacting in different cultures or within culturally diverse situations. Developing your cultural intelligence involves opening yourself to experiences — cognitive, emotional, and physical — in order to acquire a higher-order understanding of a new culture.
Your success in today’s globalized world requires an ability to adapt to a variety of cultural situations. Conventional wisdom has been telling us this for decades. But only in recent years have academics discovered a proven way to quantify and develop this ability; it’s called cultural intelligence, or CQ, and it’s defined as the capability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts.
Activities to Develop Your Cultural Intelligence
If you have high cultural intelligence, then you can do that no matter where the people you’re interacting with are from. Fortunately, just as you can change your general intelligence, you can do the same with your cultural intelligence.
Through a series of activities, exercises and advice from leaders around the world, we could improve our CQ skills through three key ways:
Employees who possess a high level of cultural intelligence play an important role in bridging divides and knowledge gaps in an organization: educating their peers about different cultures; transferring knowledge between otherwise disparate groups; helping to build interpersonal connections and smooth the interpersonal processes in a multicultural workforce. Culturally intelligent employees also possess the potential to drive up innovation and creativity, due to their ability to integrate diverse resources and help the business make best use of the multiple perspectives that a multicultural workforce brings to the workplace.
Finally, everywhere is now part of everywhere. The world is global. There’s no going back. As you commit to increasing your cultural intelligence, you can join a community of individuals who are experiencing the benefits of the CQ difference.