Category: Leadership

Don’t believe bullshit baffles brains

Nobody likes to feel or seem stupid. But when somebody describes a detailed technical solution or gives a complex business explanation of a problem it sometimes just washes right over you and there is a temptation to nod wisely in

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Attitude is key to being a good project manager

I saw an advert for a TV programme today that is all about people working for KFC – the chicken shop. One girl in the trailer made a comment that went something like this “they’re all intelligent and educated and

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It’s all your fault

When you take on the role of project manager, you take responsibility for everything to do with your project. It’s a very big job which the diagram to the left gives you some idea of. If anything goes wrong –

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Are you brave enough to empower your team?

Micro-management is the complete opposite of leadership. Micro-managers seek to control every detail of how tasks are done, how the team performs, and what the team’s outputs look like. It’s also an anathema to any true leader. A true leader

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The project management ‘sweetspot’

If you have ever hit a cricket ball for four runs, smashed a drive down the middle of a fairway or lashed a passing shot down the line in a tennis match you’ll understand what it means to find your

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Building a team from a group of individuals

To build a highly effective and motivated team there are a few basic ground rules that really help create the right environment. I often refer to them as my project behaviour commandments. They’re not orders or commands, but a set

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Did your project get the Christmas present it wanted?

Did you take the opportunity afforded by the Christmas and New Year holidays to take stock of your project? The Christmas and New Year holiday season is often a good time to take stock of your project because there is

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Resolving project problems – where to start

Project crisis

Maybe you’re behind schedule or over budget. Perhaps there are some key issues turning your status Red. Or it might be the sponsor or steering committee are just unhappy with the way things seem to be going. Whatever the reason,

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A good PMO starts with the end in mind

All projects evolve as they go through the project lifecycle. Plans will become more definitive  on a rolling basis. Designs crystalise and solutions get identified and adopted. Vested interests become apparent and often new or somewhat hidden requirements come to

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Are you a good leader?

The most effective project managers are also good leaders. They get their teams to excel, to go the extra mile, they extract every last element of synergy. But how do you know how you stack up as a leader? DILBERT

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