When confronted with a stressful or challenging situation, say “I can think differently about this.” Over the years I have invoked this phrase many times, and it has changed my life. When a harsh criticism is expressed, instead of responding defensively, say (to self) “I can think differently about this,” and say (to the other person) “Thank you, you just made my day.” When someone said to colleague Alfonso Bucero that he would not be able to get something done, I heard him respond with “I love you, too.”
This post deals with the difficult challenge of saying “No” when the pressure is on to say “Yes.”
What is the single most important concept in your experience that facilitates risk management planning? I was asked to address this question in a webinar for the Project Management World Meetup in Silicon Valley. My purpose as an Executive Consultant, and as a seminar leader for the Project Management Institute and online university instructor, is to help managers create environments for more successful projects. In this post I propose that the risk management process is more effective when it seeks to identify and act on cause elements or drivers rather than outcomes or effects.
Negotiating for project success–on every project–is a worthy, necessary, and achievable goal for every professional. The only obstacle is to embrace and develop personal negotiating skills.
This post highlights how effective communications start with you. It summarizes our presentation at the PMI Global Congress North America in San Diego.
This post helps change thinking on how to handle project sponsors.
This post provides a model to create environments for successful projects using a non-linear framework to meet the realities of today’s workplace.
To the question, Why Train Sponsors?, this post offers selling points to achieve management commitment for project success.
Driving Organizational Performance
On on-going quest in most all organizations is to improve performance, especially on project-based work. It takes a concerted effort to make improvements, not just depending on accidents, luck, or wishful thinking.
A universal objective is to achieve better results from project-based work. Excellence in sponsorship as a major role in optimizing outcomes is a fervent belief held by colleague Alfonso Bucero, myself, and many others. Sponsor performance on many projects, however, is a very different story. A sponsor initiates, funds, and supports the project from inception through completion and on throughout the project outcome life cycle. Proactive sponsorship is the ideal.