10 Do’s and Don’ts for the Executive Sponsor

I fumbled through my first go-round as executive sponsor on a project team. Fortunately, a great project manager compensated for my poor performance. Fortunately, some follow-on experiences challenged me to take the role seriously. It turns out, the executive sponsor role is incredibly important to strategic project success. This article shares 10 Do's and Don'ts for anyone stepping into the position.

September 29th, 2016|

New Website Launched—New Project Leadership Book Soon!

A number of long-term projects are coming to market in my world, including an all new ground-up website and the forthcoming book and related tools: Leadership Caffeine for the Project Manager. Of course, none of this is possible without the input of clients and readers and the great support from some valued allies!

September 28th, 2016|

Who Is Controlling Your Professional Brand?

This post points to a recent article I published at The Balance, focusing on personal-professional brand management.

September 27th, 2016|

Leadership Caffeine™—Spotting Leadership Potential

Identifying individuals with leadership potential remains an imperfect process in most organizations. While we have tools and models and assessments to help, experienced talent scouts rely on their own well-honed senses as they strive to identify potential future leaders. This article shares some highlights from a recent group interview on this topic.

September 26th, 2016|

Working with the Enemy—5 Approaches for Navigating Difficult Relationships

It is a fact of life that we will not like everyone we work with and not everyone will like us. While workplace feuds are commonplace, effective and opportunistic professionals strive to navigate those situations in the best interests of their firms and careers. This article offers five strategies for helping you navigate awkward workplace relationships.

September 24th, 2016|

The New Model for Leadership? Win at All Costs

Much like the earlier years of this century, we seemed to have returned to an era where examples of corporate malfeasance are plentiful. In this case, the spread of "win-at-all-costs" leadership is on display in the banking and pharmaceutical industries. Is this the new model for the future of effective leadership? Is the new approach, "results count, regardless of the tactics?" I hope not.

September 18th, 2016|

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