Author Archives: samad_aidane

Cultural Neuroscience for Global Project Managers

Cultural intelligence, the ability to adapt to new cultural contexts, is becoming an increasingly important skill for project leaders. I recently presented at PMI Global Congress on latest findings from Cultural Neuroscience research and how they can inform the way we develop our cultural intelligence and effectively lead global cross-cultural teams. While at the congress,…

Change Intelligence – a Conversation with Dr. Barbara A. Trautlein

I recently interviewed Dr. Barbara Trautlein, author of the book Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks and the originator of the CQ®/Change Intelligence® System. Barbara explains how we can use the CQ model to diagnose our change intelligence and how it can help us leverage our personal change leadership…

Advanced Project Thinking – A conversation with Dr. Harvey Maylor

If you believe the latest statistics, most projects that organizations undertake fail. Dr. Harvey Maylor challenges the prevailing wisdom on project success and failure and argues that while for most businesses some projects do fail, most at least substantially deliver. In this interview, he explains how most studies fail to consider the complex nature of…

How to Be a Happy Project Manager – Part 3

Never let victimhood define your relationship with your sponsor. Understand that you are an expert in project management and the sponsor needs you to help him/her deliver his project successfully. Notice I say “his project”. That’s an important fact to remember. The organization has entrusted him with an important investment when it assigned to sponsor…

How I Met My Brain

The first time I met my brain was 15 years ago, when the doctor showed me MRI scans of a tumor that was growing in my head, causing me unbearable pain, and threatening my life. After a successful operation, I fully recovered and was back to normal. I soon forgot about my brain. Few years…

Dan Pink on the Surprising Truth about Moving and Motivating Others

Dan Pink shares the big ideas in his books A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human on the surprising truth about how to move and motivate others. Dan Pink has written three books that have changed the way I think about motivation and influence. First, in A Whole New Mind, Dan shifts…

How to be a happy project manager – Part 2

Sometimes the pain from doing your work as project manager will be so unbearable that you just want to quit. Don’t do it. Unless it is for fear of being implicated in some kind of ethical violation, there is no reason why you should quit a project. Even in this case, you should try to…

Strategies for Project Sponsorship

Vicki James, Peter Taylor, and Ron Rosenhead share their insights on the secrets to effective project sponsorship from their new book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship” Research into the causes of project failure clearly shows there is a real problem around the Project Sponsor role.  The Project sponsor is critical to project success, yet it is…

How to Get the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Certification

Cornelius Fichtner has helped nearly 25,000 students prepare for the PMP exam with The Project Management PrepCast and offers one of the best PMP exam simulators on the market. He recently developed The Agile PrepCast – a study tool that helps those who plan to take the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Certification exam. In this…

How to Break into Project Management

Here is how you break into Project Management: First, some unpleasant truths: Nobody hires an entry level PM or a Junior PM. These types of positions are given to internal employees who are trusted and only to lead projects that are not high visibility/high exposure. There is just too much risk for managers when they…