Saturday, May 29, 2010

Executing a vision

In a nutshell, a project manager executes and delivers an organization's vision. 

One doesn't need to be a project management professional or titled a "project manager" to be a project manager.  Project management is a sub-set of management proper with specific skills, knowledge bases, and methodologies that are used to deliver project objectives to an organization.  Competence in management and leadership is an absolute requisite - which is a product of experience.    

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Standing alone

"Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone." - Charles de Gaulle

Project management is a collaborative effort to be sure; however, a project manager often needs to stand alone and make the tough decisions for the benefit of the project - decisions that may be unpopular.  This is no different than any other leadership position - the willingness and steadfastness to stand alone against the majority in protection of the mission and the vision.  

Monday, May 24, 2010

Confucius and project management

"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." - Confucius

Sounds like a project management methodology to me!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A new vision

I am re-purposing this blog to share my experience and lessons learned in management, project management, and leadership. I have years of perspective to share - successes and failures, accomplishments and mistakes - but, above all, the will and ability to take action when others are standing still.

I will be offering formal online training in project management and management/leadership that's based on newly developed curriculum and curriculum that I've developed for colleges and universities (through Joe Gartrell, Inc.). As always, my course material is not "theory", it's based on proven management principles and "in the trenches" experience.

Let's get started...