Category Archives: Leadership

How to be a happy project manager – Part 4

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Assertiveness for Women Project Managers

Naomi shares her insights on why assertiveness is vital for women project managers for delivering successful projects, getting what they want, and commanding respect. Handling high-stakes project situations without seeming either shy or pushy is a critical skill that every project manager must develop. I had the pleasure of talking to Naomi Caietti, a 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…

The secrets to building a dream team: a simple recipe for Project Managers

Andrew Filev, seasoned software entrepreneur and CEO at Wrike, shares a “recipe” of building a dream team that might be helpful for any organization “cuisine”. When you have a new project in front of you, one of your primary concerns is how to get the best possible people on board. Building a dream team is…

How to be a happy project manager

So much has been written about how to be a successful project manager. There are too many resources on how to be highly effective, productive, and efficient project manager. But there is no help for how to be a happy project manager. Let me ask you this: what is the point of professional success, if…