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Are You a Decisive or Divisive Decision-Maker?

As a leader you are bombarded with decisions daily. Some are much bigger than others. With that being said, there are two styles of decision-making. One leads to division and disharmony. The other leads to understanding and commitment. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Lynda Bourne thoroughly explains these two styles. Making Decisions That Get Supported First, you have the divisive decision-makers, who value looking strong and fast. Even when their input is ...

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Should You Become a Manager? Maybe Not

Your current gig might be plenty cushy, and there are plenty of positions with high salaries that do not involve overseeing other people. Should you really aim to become a manager? Jennifer Winter helps you decide by asking you a few questions in an article for the Muse: Can you tolerate meetings? Because managers attend a lot of them, and in an ideal situation, they all have valuable information that warrants further action. Do you ...

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To Succeed as a First-Time Leader, Relax

Being handed the opportunity to step up to the plate and be the leader on a project for the first time can be an exciting and scary opportunity. What do I do? How do I do it? What’s the best course of action? Etc. etc. David Brendel writes for Harvard Business Review about the process he uses in his executive coaching practice as a guide for first-time leaders to succeed. Finding a Calm Pulse You ...

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10 Things Great Project Leaders Do Every Day

Great habits support great results. For instance, someone who works out once every few weeks is not on track to become the Rock, or even a sturdy Daniel Bryan for that matter. In a slideshow for CIO.com, Moira Alexander shares 10 things great project leaders do on a regular basis that cause them to stand out: Make waves (constructively) Demonstrate their best professional self Recognize and appreciate others Keep the communication flowing Remain flexible Acknowledge ...

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Personal Credibility and Leadership

IT project management is a troubled discipline. In June 2016, the Sacramento Bee reported that the California Department of Veterans Affairs spent nearly $28 million on a computer system designed to improve patient care. An audit found that the system was launched years later than planned, wasted staff time, and was never implemented fully. According to a 2015 US Government Accountability Office report, the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Expeditionary Combat Support System was canceled in December ...

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Be Yourself, but Carefully: Harvard’s 5 Best Authenticity Tips

Ostensibly, everyone values sincerity. But what most people fail to realize is that there is no one golden way to be sincere, and being sincere in the wrong ways can backfire. Lisa Rosh and Lynn Offermann explain in an article for Harvard Business Review. Authentic without the Awkward To use sincerity effectively, you must first be self-aware of your values and skills and how others in the work environment perceive you. Self-awareness and communication skills ...

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Shallow Leadership: When Projects Succeed in Spite of You

It is nice to see project leadership is discussed more and more. It is becoming known that tools and techniques are not sufficient to succeed on any project with a minimum level of complexity. Project managers will need to demonstrate good leadership skills to successfully manage their projects. Leadership enables you to achieve better results, reach goals, and inspire people along the way. Strong leadership skills help the project manager in numerous ways: Ability to ...

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The 3 Major Differences between a Leader and a Manager

Despite the fact that leadership and management are complementary positions, they are not one and the same. While managers are responsible for controlling or administering a company, not all of the individuals who fill these critical roles have the proper skills to be effective leaders. In order to gain a better understanding of the contrast between leaders and managers, it’s important to take a closer look at these three key variances. 1. Reactive vs. Proactive ...

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The Four Foundational Points of Strategic IT Leadership

IT leadership can be difficult to maintain because there is too often a disconnect between IT and the rest of the organization. How can IT leaders prevail and be successful with this troubling perspective of their place in the business? In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Rob Zelinka elaborates on how to have successful strategic IT leadership. In a recent meeting, Zelinka posed a thought-provoking statement to his team: “get out of IT while ...

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CIO Relevancy Depends upon Taking a Customer Journey

Where does the line of CIO responsibility start and end? In a post for the Gartner Blog Network, Michael Maoz explains that if CIOs are not measured on things like hitting growth targets or expanding customer base, then they need to look elsewhere to stay relevant throughout the customer journey. It is time for the CIO to get talking with customers. Learning Abroad Maoz establishes a great example for better understanding what the CIO actually ...

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