I often refer to Stephen Covey in my classes as well as with friends. I even gave my children a copy of his first successful book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” (1) for Christmas this year. I like the simplicity of this book and the way it is divided into seven habits. Stephen Covey brings together the majority of personal development theories in one guide that is easy to follow and understand.

The first habit he recommends is ‘Be proactive’. Being proactive means being aware of two things.

The first one is that between stimulu...

09/01/2019

Yes, but what are they managing?

Last week I ran a workshop on project management with the management team of a company. Together we studied the role of the two agents in the project manager/sponsor tandem.

Everyone agreed that the project vision was the sole preserve of the project sponsor, while the project manager was responsible for seeing it through. This responsibility gives him de facto control of the project budget as well as the leadership of the individuals assigned to carry out the project tasks.

Everything was going well, and conse...

09/01/2019

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. – Ford

Project manager; what a great job! 

Each project has its own discoveries and opportunities for improvement – for the project manager and for all those working with them.

Provided we take the time to try new approaches, we can all discover new styles and learn a bit more about ourselves.

At the start of this new year, I recommend regularly taking time to think about your projects – whether these be personal or professional – and asking yourself these quest...

Help! My boss confides me which does not interest me – or that I don’t even believe in! This is a serious issue.

The success of a project implies that different people all work towards the same direction.

It’s the manager’s task to point towards that direction.

Along the way, some will get tired of working towards the common goal. It’s the manager who gives sense to the demanded efforts.

To succeed implies that the helm is kept to the right bearing even through the storm. It’s the manager who keeps a leveled head and remains hopeful.

Taking resp...

Managing a project is like preparing a meal. Just about anyone can get food on the table. But pulling off a five-course meal for a large group of guests is another story. If you really want it to be a success, you’ll turn to a professional.

The same goes for projects. Anyone with a minimum of organisational skills can see a project through. But when the project gets more complex, you can increase your chances of success – and reduce your chances of getting an ulcer – by handing it to a professional project manager.

A project manager stands ou...

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