Protect Your Project Team – Part 1: Be Politically Sensible

Introduction “You have to learn the rules of the game.  And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator, first woman elected mayor of San Francisco How can you use political sensibility to protect the project team from disruption and interference in order to increase effectiveness? If you are to […]
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Project Leadership Success: Responsibilities, Competencies and Behaviors That Produce Positive Results – Part 10 of 10

Behaviors: Adopting a “servant” leadership role Larry Spears, in his book Reflections on Leadership, suggests a different way of looking at leadership: “Traditional autocratic and hierarchical modes of leadership are slowly yielding to a newer model—one that attempts to simultaneously enhance the personal growth of workers and improve quality and caring through a combination of […]
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Project Leadership Success: Responsibilities, Competencies and Behaviors That Produce Positive Results – Part 9 of 10

Behaviors – Working with Difference A project leader must also figure out how to achieve success while managing a diverse range of people.  To accomplish that, the project leader needs to assess the pool of talent within the team.  Posing the following questions to each team member helps to identify their individual strengths, experiences, priorities and […]
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Project Leadership Success: Responsibilities, Competencies and Behaviors That Produce Positive Results – Part 8 of 10

Behaviors – Showing Consideration and Caring Current research compares the relative utility of five leadership dimensions—charisma, consideration, motivation, rewards, and structure—in predicting employee job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and leader effectiveness. The same research identifies passive leadership behaviors (not being available to employees, failing to take action to prevent problems, etc.), as negative predictors of employee […]
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Managing Successful Projects: How Collaboration is Crucial

In a previous posting I described how four groups are involved in every successful project.  These groups are: top management, project manage­ment, the project team, and the client. Today we’ll talk about the last two groups: the project team and the client and how collaboration is crucial. The Project Team In successful projects, the project […]
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