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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Successfully Juggling the 7 PRINCE2® Themes

Let’s take a look at the second part of the integrated PRINCE2 project management framework: the seven themes that guide the project manager and the project team during the project life cycle.  These themes describe critical aspects of project management that must be addressed continuously and in parallel throughout any project.  Defining and managing the themes throughout […]
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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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