My Weekly Blog – Leadership Perspectives

Are You An ‘Inspirational’ Leader?

Are You An ‘Inspirational’ Leader?

I have been blogging weekly for 4 years now and, as I look at the stats, I see one post - from 2014 – stand above all in total hits – with almost 4000 ‘reads’ since publication. It was called “Key Leadership Trait #10 – The Ability to Inspire” part of a summer series...

The Customer Isn’t the Expert

It’s always nice hear to the word’s “you are the expert – tell us what to do”.  But this is not always the case.  There are many customers out there who know the solution before you walk in the door. You arrive, they tell you what to build and how and expect you to...

Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

How many times have you said yes to something and regretted it later?  Often these are small decisions producing small pain for the wrong choice.  But what happens when it’s a big choice?  Like a project or a job?
Rookies Are a Good Thing

Rookies Are a Good Thing

 All of our organizations should be hiring junior project managers as often as they can – regardless of their experience.
Give Me More Dashboards

Give Me More Dashboards

Project managers are notoriously too detailed. We need to learn how to communicate succinctly and clearly and stop rambling on. Today I continue my summer series based on Brad Egeland’s (www.BradEgeland.com) article that appeared in www.ProjectTimes.com early July...

Rely on Experience, Not Certification

Rely on Experience, Not Certification

ProjectTimes is a great portal for project managers from all walks of life. When I created it in 1997, it was a cute little magazine for PMs.  Eventually, when people smarter than me got involved, it started to ramp up to what it is now. Well done...

How Do You Build a PMO?

How Do You Build a PMO?

If you treat your PMO like you should with any other project, you will be successful.
Every Strategic Plan needs a Communication Plan

Every Strategic Plan needs a Communication Plan

A few years ago, I came across an organization that was having a real morale issue within the ranks.   It turns out that there were a number of things contributing to this issue but in the end, the most significant cause turned out to be the strategic plan. ...

Are Your Meetings Really Worth It?

Are Your Meetings Really Worth It?

(Edited from a previous posting in July, 2015) The statistics are staggering… 37 percent of employee time is spent in meetings managers attend more than 60 meetings per month 47% consider too many meetings the biggest waste of time 39% of meeting participants admitted...

Get Your Audience To Pay Attention

Get Your Audience To Pay Attention

Whether you are a junior project manager, a senior corporate leader or a professional speaker the rules are the same. You will always run the risk of losing your audience if you don’t pay attention to these rules.
Do You Know Any Part Time Project Managers?

Do You Know Any Part Time Project Managers?

When we are asked to impart our wisdom on 'part-time' project managers, we often make the mistake of making it too complicated, too detailed and thus extremely overwhelming.
Are You Crisis Ready?

Are You Crisis Ready?

Crisis management and preparedness is critical for all of us - professionally and personally.
The Most Important Project Management Skill is Good Communications

The Most Important Project Management Skill is Good Communications

A project manager’s primary job is to deliver information about his or her project in a timely manner, to the right people, in the right format. Keeping all stakeholders updated on important project information is critical and, in my mind, probably the number one job...

Do You Set Clear, Achievable Expectations?

Do You Set Clear, Achievable Expectations?

As a manager, project or otherwise, your team needs a set of clear expectations and objectives laid out for them and reviewed on a regular basis.
Are you Committed?

Are you Committed?

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.”
Passion Sells

Passion Sells

If you are selling, influencing or educating, get passionate and show it. Let them know that you really believe what you are saying – through voice, your physical presence or even the written word.
Can You Sell?

Can You Sell?

If you are a leader of any sort I challenge you to look at your selling skills.
Who is Your Coach?

Who is Your Coach?

It doesn’t matter how good you are or where you stand in your profession - you should have a coach.
Is Delegation One of Your Strengths?

Is Delegation One of Your Strengths?

Delegation is a key management skill: project management, general management, operational management and you need to be good at it.
Always Start Your First Project Meeting On Time

Always Start Your First Project Meeting On Time

You need to set an example right off the bat. Take control right at the front end and I promise you will have control, at least of the timing, of every meeting in the future. Everyone will arrive on time.

Building the PMO the Right Way – an Interview with Amy Burnet

There are so many ways to build a PMO - Project Management Office. Many are the wrong way. In this interview with Amy Burnet, past Sr. Director, Program Management Office at CIBC, we talk about the right way to approach your new PMO.
Smile!

Smile!

Put your happiness to good use every day! Smile. It helps all of us around you.
Do you have a Sense of Humor?

Do you have a Sense of Humor?

We need to lighten up every once in a while and this is the responsibility of today’s leaders.
How Confident Are You?

How Confident Are You?

Self-confidence is the fundamental basis from which leadership grows. Trying to teach leadership without first building confidence is like building a house on a foundation of sand. It may have a nice coat of paint, but it is ultimately shaky at best.
Happy New Year – Are You Ready?

Happy New Year – Are You Ready?

At this time of the year I really appreciate the value of a good plan for the future and I certainly appreciate the opportunity to re-evaluate and re-plan for the year to come
Scale it Down

Scale it Down

We need to take a close look at how we use the tools in our lives and whether we need to scale it down?
Are You a Micro-manager?

Are You a Micro-manager?

Micro-management is a serious leadership issue and one that many of us need to address.
Thank You

Thank You

Ladies and gentleman, weather you do it by phone or in person, by letter, email, FaceTime or even a text message, it is a good time to say thank you to those around you who make you who you are.

Are You a Good Corporate Ambassador?

Corporate ambassadors are able to respond to that standard question clearly, succinctly, and in a format that does the organization proud.
Is Agile Here to Stay?

Is Agile Here to Stay?

Agile was challenged to become a force within our project environments and it has certainly done that.
3 Ways to Help Your Boss Succeed

3 Ways to Help Your Boss Succeed

There are many things we can do to contribute to our future success like continuous learning, networking and professional strategic planning. But the one that always sticks out in my mind is helping your boss and, in fact others around you, to be successful.
Every Project Team Needs a Whale

Every Project Team Needs a Whale

Every project team needs a member who can add the most important element to the success of any team: compassion.   I was introduced to a very simple model for understanding the human dynamic within teams by Troy McClain (themcclaincompanies.com). I met Troy about...

What is the Core Element of a Leadership Position?

What is the Core Element of a Leadership Position?

I read a great interview recently in the Globe and Mail Report on Business by Brenda Bouw with David Garofalo, CEO of Vancouver-based Goldcorp Inc.   The questions ranged from where and how did you grow up to what are your priorities as a leader?   Here is...

Four Reasons Why Project Managers Make Great Leaders

Four Reasons Why Project Managers Make Great Leaders

Organizations, if they have not already done so, are waking up and realizing that they need to find their future leaders quickly. The project management team is a great place to start looking.
What Are The First 5 Steps You Take at the Start of a Project?

What Are The First 5 Steps You Take at the Start of a Project?

Every successful project manager needs a plan - a plan that will kick in the moment they are assigned to a project and runs through to completion.   Within the first few years of all of our project management careers we are introduced to many project management...

It’s Time to Take a Leap

It’s Time to Take a Leap

By taking a leap outside the normal, we challenge ourselves to do things differently, think differently and work differently.

Things Good Leaders Do – They are Contrarian by Nature

Smart business people, and great leaders "are contrarian by nature. They believe that the source of opportunity lies not in copying what others are doing, but rather charting a course that no one else is on. They are ‘180-degree thinkers.’
6 Leadership Tips From an NHL Executive

6 Leadership Tips From an NHL Executive

The Globe and Mail carried a great article on July 18, 2016, entitled “You need to be humble, you need to allow others to lead”. This article was written by Geoff Molson, President, CEO of CH Group Limited Partnership, owner of the Montreal Canadiens, Bell Center and...

Things Good Leaders Do – They Are “Mindless” About Execution

Things Good Leaders Do – They Are “Mindless” About Execution

I continue my summer review my friend, Roy Osing’s, article from The Globe and Mail on June 3, 2016 entitled “10 Things Smart Business People Do”.   Smart business people, or leaders, are “mindless” about execution.  Roy writes, ‘They are comfortable with...

Things Good Leaders Do – Avoid the Perfect Solution

Things Good Leaders Do – Avoid the Perfect Solution

Smart business people, or leaders, don’t look for perfection, suggests Roy. “The quest for the perfect solution (which doesn’t exist in any event) only takes valuable time away from execution. They understand that success is a function of doing lots of imperfect stuff fast.”
Take an Interest in Other People’s Lives

Take an Interest in Other People’s Lives

I love to ask questions – about anything and everything and especially about what people are doing, have done and are going to do? Work, fun, adventure, family… anything. It’s certainly better than talking about the weather.
The Best Leadership Training is Parenthood

The Best Leadership Training is Parenthood

This topic has been written about so many times but I figured after three years of blogging every week, it was time I piped in with my list of the seven things that parenting teaches us about leadership.
I Only Read the First Three Sentences!

I Only Read the First Three Sentences!

We don’t read everything we are asked to read. Most often, we just skim. We skim to pick up the idea, the theme or the key points. We skim to find the parts that are of most interest to us at that time.
How Quick Are You to React?

How Quick Are You to React?

How fast are you at reacting? When was the last time you hit and regretted it within seconds? When was the last time you snapped at an individual at work (or at home) without considering the repercussions?
4 Tips for Conducting Your Next Post-Mortem Review?

4 Tips for Conducting Your Next Post-Mortem Review?

I was facilitating a one-day workshop last week in the Hudson Valley area on how to run and manage a post-mortem meeting at the end of a project.  The first thing we discussed was the name ‘post-mortem’.  We all agreed that the name needed some work.   If you...

Four Reasons Why Project Managers Make Great Leaders

4 Tips to Better Understand Your Audience

I had an important meeting last week with an individual with whom I work very closely. Everything was not right. Some feathers had been ruffled and we needed to talk it out. There was a day when I would simply stew until the meeting and try to get it all out on the...

How Many Volunteer Hours Have You Clocked Over the Past Year?

How Many Volunteer Hours Have You Clocked Over the Past Year?

To some, volunteering is all about giving back – to the benefit of those being served. To others, it is used for personal benefit- to learn, connect with new people and maybe a lead to employment. It doesn’t matter why you are doing it. The fact that you are out there, lending your time and expertise, is what does.
Leadership is Not About Change

Leadership is Not About Change

Why do so many new leaders want to rock the boat, make changes when change is not warranted?
When Stuff Changes – Manage Your People

Communicating Up to Senior Management

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and discussion around topics somehow related to: project management * project leadership * organizational leadership * personal leadership   Today's 1...

Are You Willing to Fail?

Are You Willing to Fail?

Taking risks is the key to innovation and taking risks means that you need to be willing to fail.
Are You An Anointed One?

Are You An Anointed One?

If we rely on these institutions to select well, teach well and graduate well are we getting the leadership product we need?
How do You Write an Executive Summary?

How do You Write an Executive Summary?

Executives summaries are the most important element of any report. Do it right and you may hear the words “You had me after the executive summary” instead of “What report are you referring to?”
Are Your Projects an Awesome Experience for the Team?

Are Your Projects an Awesome Experience for the Team?

Project managers, project leaders and managers of all types should be able to put themselves in the position of their team members and think about their response to the question “What makes an awesome project team?”
When Stuff Changes – Manage Your People

How Confident Are You?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and discussion around topics somehow related to: project management * project leadership * organizational leadership * personal leadership   Today's 1...

When Stuff Changes – Manage Your People

Are You Working on Your Soft-Skills?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and discussion around topics somehow related to: project management * project leadership * organizational leadership * personal leadership Today's 1 minute...

# 3 Reason Projects Fail – Egos!

# 3 Reason Projects Fail – Egos!

These are all contributing factors to project failure. Big egos have a very tough time giving up the reins. They fear that no one can do it all as well as themselves. Big egos need to step aside for the sake of the success of projects.
Why Do Projects Fail? – Part 2

Why Do Projects Fail? – Part 2

Some project managers will think that they can avoid change. Some will mistakenly think that their projects won’t experience change. They are all wrong. Things change. We all know that.
When Stuff Changes – Manage Your People

Are You Small ‘a’ Agile

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and discussion around topics somehow related to: project management * project leadership * organizational leadership * personal leadership Today's 1 minute...

How Do You Build a PMO?

Why Do Projects Fail? – Part 1

I joined the PMI in 1995. When we talked about project failure back then no one mentioned lousy requirements.
I wish I had..

I wish I had..

About a year ago I wrote in this space about the importance of having a plan – a strategic plan: a personal or professional strategic plan that addresses our future. Where are we today, where do we want to be in a year’s time and most importantly, how are we going to get there?
Who Are You Going to Call This Week?

Who Are You Going to Call This Week?

Every one of us have people in our lives who will find this next week to be extra difficult. A family member who has just lost a job and will find the financial burden a little trying this week, a fellow employee who is in the middle of cancer treatment, our next-door neighbor who is suffering from a debilitating heart ailment, our new friend across the road who just lost her mother.
When Stuff Changes – Manage Your People

3 Tips for Better Presentations

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and discussion around topics somehow related to: project management * project leadership * organizational leadership * personal leadership Today's 1 minute...

4 Steps to Making ‘Plan A’ a Reality

4 Steps to Making ‘Plan A’ a Reality

The truth is that if you just dream, it will not come true. You need to make it happen. Without a vision, a plan and a sound execution strategy the dreams will always be dreams.
When Stuff Changes – Manage Your People

How Do I Build a PMO?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and discussion around topics somehow related to: project management * project leadership * organizational leadership * personal leadership Today's 1 minute...

Who Should Make the Decision?

Who Should Make the Decision?

Another key part of decision making process is the question of whether or not you are the right person to make the decision or is someone better positioned to make the call? A good leader will look at his or her strengths and areas of responsibility and decide who will make the call.
3 Steps to Good Judgement and Decision Making

3 Steps to Good Judgement and Decision Making

Great leaders should know how to use good judgement and make good decisions. This is an attribute that seems to be often overlooked as a key ingredient to leadership success.

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