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Speaking Truth To Power: Leading from the middle to correct a troubled architecture

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Abstract
You're just one project manager out of many, so how can you get anyone to change anything? This case study by Randall Englund details how one project manager managed the impossible by creating a compelling picture of the urgent issues, a definite plan to address them, and a clear vision of the final results.


What this is

This case study by Randall Englund details how one project manager managed the impossible by creating a compelling picture of the urgent issues, a definite plan to address them, and a clear vision of the final results.


Why it's useful

Project leaders are closest to the action in most organizations. While that makes them knowledgeable about what is going on and what should be done to achieve project success, unfortunately, they often do not possess the resources, political clout, or approval to do those things. And the people in power are not always open to hearing the truth, because of pressure from shareholders, turf battles, or any of several other factors.

The experiences of this driven project manager prove that it is possible to influence things for the better, if you have the courage to proceed in the face of all these obstacles.


How to use it

Read the case study to find out what steps this project manager took to build grassroots support for the necessary changes among her peers, and the end result of her efforts.

About the Author
Randall Englund's Project Management Consultancy helps discover and create organic systems that optimize results from project-based work. Randy's work draws upon 22 years as a senior project manager at Hewlett-Packard Company and 10 years at GE. He is an author, speaker, trainer, a partner in advanced project management training with MadelineLearning, an associate to other organizations, and an adjunct professor at California universities. With cultural anthropologist Dr. Robert J. Graham he co-authored the books Creating an Environment for Successful Projects (Second Edition) and Creating the Project Office: a Manager's Guide to Leading Organizational Change. He has an MBA in management and BSEE, is a certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP), and a Certified Business Manager (CBM). Randy regularly speaks and presents workshops around the world for the Project Management Institute and other organizations. Contact him on the web at www.englundpmc.com.

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