The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act, which will reform federal program management in several ways, including the creation of a formal career path for project managers and an interagency council to share knowledge.
Investing time and energy in a cross-mentoring group can pay dividends in your professional development as a project leader, providing a safe sounding board, invaluable advice, diverse feedback and a steady dose of inspiration. Not to mention, you will also benefit from sharing your own strengths to help others.
Every organization is political, and many careers — and projects — are made or broken based not on our technical skills but on how well we navigate the fuzzy and risky political landscape. Here are five tips for navigating the dangerous waters of office politics.
A disciplined team is going to get the job done and produce satisfactory results most of the time, but a motivated team offers the possibility of delivering outstanding outcomes that go above and beyond expectations. Here are some strategies and tactics for motivating your team members.
The only thing you can reliably change or control in any company or team is yourself. So start there and be a truth-teller, says Mindy Mackenzie, author, McKinsey senior adviser and former WalMart executive. It’s the first step in building a credible partnership with your boss and collaborative, reciprocal relationships with your peers.
You might have heard that single-tasking is a sound strategy for managing project work and productivity. But in a hyper-connected world that expects and encourages multi-tasking, how is it even possible? Here are four tactics to help you "single task" and reap the benefits.
Project management is a stressful profession, with its well-documented failure rates and steady doses of deadlines, uncertainty, conflict, unrealistic expectations, and accountability without authority. Senior project manager Carson Pierce and psychologist Krista Pierce discuss ways to deal with the pressure, angst and anxiety that come with the job. [42 min.]
Creating a culture of trust is one of the most important roles of a leader. Trust improves team morale, which improves performance. Here are six cornerstones to building a culture of trust on your teams, from keeping your word to sharing the spotlight.
Successful leaders don't just communicate to inform; they also communicate to influence and inspire. Business jargon and buzzwords won't cut it. Teams crave clarity of vision, and whether you are heading an organization or a project, you must take a critical look at how your words are crafted and received.
Trust is the currency a project leader must deal in. It requires clear communication, doing rather than telling, making human connections, being open and honest, and answering tough questions. Here are five ways to earn and keep the trust you need from your team members, stakeholders, sponsors and clients.