• How to Move from Positional to Permission-Based Leadership
  • What every leader ought to know about focus and engagement
  • The Most Critical Skill for Project Success

The Most Critical Skill for Project Success

Early in 2011, I ran a survey on social media and through several webinars that I presented to PMI Communities of practices and the top skill that kept coming up as most critical for project success is “Leadership Skills”. Now, I’ve always wondered why most organizations focus so much on developing technical project management skills while they spend little to no time developing the leadership skills of their project managers – lifting the lid on their leadership effectiveness.

Recently, while spending some time reflecting on the subject, the answer came to me…

Dealing with people and their emotions can be messy… People are unpredictable.

That’s it. That’s the answer.

However if we take a closer look at  the matter, we’ll realize that the uncertainty and messiness is all the more reason we should focus on developing leadership skills more than most organization currently do. We don’t need leadership because of certainty. We need leadership because of …

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What every leader ought to know about focus and engagement

This is the second in the series of posts where I share my notes and takeaways from the May 10th leadercast. If you missed post 1, you can read it here.

This week, my notes/takeaways are from David Allen. David has been named one of the Top 5 Forbes Executive Coaches in the United States and has authored two books. His most recent one is titled “Getting Things Done” published in 2002.

“When your creative energy is not being used appropriately you’re wasting your time.”
When you’re wasting your time, things start to get out of control and they are not in focus.
“You’re most productive …

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How to Move from Positional to Permission-Based Leadership

Being a leader gives you great authority and power, but to truly lead, inspire excellence and voluntary engagement beyond a team member’s job description requires humility, tact and the ability to truly connect.

“No man is a leader until his appointment is ratified in the minds and the hearts of his men.”
Infantryman’s Journal (1954)

Throughout history we’ve seen leaders exercise power and authority purely from a positional perspective. And 90% of the time, it doesn’t end well for them. Using positional leadership only forces people to follow you as a leader within the stated boundary of the authority given by the position …

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8 Key Elements of Leadership – Tested and proven in the field

I have been going through my reasearch files, cleaning up and sorting things and I found a few things that I would like to share with you. The first is “8 key elements of leadership” that have been tested and proven in the field – not some intellectual thesis. If …

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