In 1985, Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) moved me from Chicago where I had worked in its R&D facility, to its headquarters in the ARCO Plaza in Los Angeles, to head up a strategic planning group for ARCO Products Company. The day I arrived to find my new office was really exciting. As I walked through the corridors of my new floor, I happened to see a … [Read more...] about What is the Foundation for your Project Team Leadership?
Project Manager Qualities
When I was a Project Manager with UNOCAL 76 Products Company in southern California in the mid-1990s, one of my roles was to manage the build-out and opening of Convenience Stores (C-stores) according to our UNOCAL Fastbreak Program. Convenience stores were added to some existing 76 Products fueling sites and C-stores were also introduced at new sites. Typical sizes for these … [Read more...] about Project Managers: Be Certain that your Message to Your Project Team is the Right One
In my new book, Lessons Learned: Taking Project Management to a New Level in a Continuous Process Improvement Framework, I develop a process for project managers at a Project Close phase of their projects to capture, document, and share lessons learned from their projects with the assistance of the project organization. In the past, many project groups have attempted to … [Read more...] about What Does “Actionability” Really Mean in Project Management?
When we were growing up, primary, middle, and secondary school were required because the State was assigned the responsibility for preparing children for "grown up" life. Our personal attitudes toward learning were formed during those years when we were progressing through the grades. If a student had a bad experience with a teacher or with a subject, often that bad … [Read more...] about Why Must Project Managers, Especially in a PMO Setting, Develop a Life-Long Learning Attitude Toward their Profession?
I just finished a new book by Seth Godin entitled Linchpin. It was a very thought provoking book about the realities of today's job market and worldwide industry outlook. In this book, Seth defines a "linchpin" as a person who is "indispensable" to an organization. A "linchpin" is a person who acts as an "artist" by: (1) creating and sharing new organizational … [Read more...] about Can Project Managers Make Themselves “Linchpins” In Their Organizations?