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How to be a happy project manager – Part 4

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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…

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 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…

Why The Project Manager Should Never Double As The Project Sponsor

If you are a project manager, never take on project without someone else being the sponsor. Never volunteer to fill the role, if a sponsor does not exist for a project. That project should probably be cancelled. The problem with being both the PM and the Sponsor is that there are no checks and balances…

The Secret to Motivating Your Team: Stop Trying

A project manager asked: I’m constantly finding myself seeking ways to improve team work and need some ideas on how to motivate my project team and also how to celebrate project successes? Here is my advise to this project manager: People don’t need to be motivated. So you can stop trying. What you need to…

Risk Psychology: Understanding Risk Personality Types and their implications for project decisions

Geoff Trickey, Managing Director of Psychological Consultancy Ltd, shares a framework for understanding Risk Personality Types and their impact on project decisions. Conventional risk management in projects has focused primarily on the nature of the risk itself and the methods to quantify and manage risks. The critical importance of the human nature of risk has…