Project Leadership: The Context in Which We Make Decisions

Made any tough decsions lately? Project leaders make decisions in real time with limited information or information overload and ever-changing constraints. In order to make effective decisions, the project leader must understand the backdrop or the context within which she is making decisions —   What is the purpose of your project? —  Why does it exist? —   What services, products, […]
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Project Leadership and Encouraging Feedback

Giving encouraging feedback is one of the most important communication skills you can engage in with members of your project team.  And like all project leadership skills, it takes practice to build your confidence and improve. The following is a “formula” for giving encouraging feedback that you can start using with your project team—today. “I have […]
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The Project Manager’s Job Description Checklist

Many times I have been hired to manage a project without a clear description of my own responsibilities and accountability within the organization. Here is a job description checklist that I use as a starting point when defining my roles as the project manager with the project sponsor, key stakeholders and the project management team. […]
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Protect Your Project Team – Part 2: Be Politically Sensible

“So effective politicking has to be as much about give as it is about take. So play the game. Or get left behind. Which are you going to do?” Dr. Rob Yeung, Talentspace In the last blog, I asked the question, “How can you use political sensibility to protect the project team from disruption and […]
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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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