- Success requires relentless commitment to individual and organizational improvement.
- Building strong relationships, creating accountability and fostering supportive communication are all required.
- Great leaders help their team practice kindergarten skills
- A positive attitude and success are correlated
- Teamwork is more important than talent
- Professional image must be created, and it is multidimensional
- Providing value is required but only appreciated in the context of the big picture
- Competence and relationship building are equally important
Project Management Keynotes
- Critical thinking is required with respect to risks
- Human behavior is a factor in risk assessment
- Communication of risks is tactical and strategic
- Change management requires a plan, and fancy change models are not required for success
- Without adequate change management, a project can fail even if the deliverable meets and/or exceeds all project objectives
- Change management must also address the journey to the deliverable
- Relationship building is critical and starts before there is a problem or issue
- Identify and manage the various types of problem stakeholders
- Understand and create ideal stakeholder behavior
- Clearing understanding your role and responsibilities with stakeholders is critical
- Training your stakeholder includes expectation management and consistency
- Your stakeholder requires protection
- Processes should facilitate the accomplishment of work, not hinder, and striking this balance requires the aggressive deployment/defense of common sense
- Tools are not substitutes for thinking
- The focus is all about project delivery success, not the office
- The critical path is academic in most shared resource work environment scenarios
- You probably don’t know the real critical path and even if you do it is probably different next week.
- In a shared resource environment, you should focus on the critical resources instead of the critical path.