September 1, 2010, Sponsored by RMC Project Management, Inc.
From the Editor
Is your project suffering from power poisoning? Kimberly Wiefling knows the symptoms, and is out to help everyone spot and avoid it. Ed Reynolds wants to remind us all that "paperwork" is not a dirty word. Randy Englund and Laura Erkeneff want to help you master critical management skills, for the sake of your team and your career. Plus, we highlight resources that will help you work with your team, without working them over.
Et Tu, Brute? The Obsolescence of Power by Kimberly Wiefling
Every year I travel to Ashland, Oregon, for the annual Shakespeare Festival (which is a bit of a misnomer since it runs February through November). This year I saw Julius Caesar, with a twist that I really appreciated: Caesar was played by a woman, and the script was changed to use "she" and "her" to match. This play left me feeling emotionally unsettled for the next 24 hours, but it had nothing to do with Caesar's gender bender. The intensity began before I even entered the theater. As I approached the entrance, a dozen huge banners featuring slain leaders from around the world hung from the lampposts and beat noisily in the wind. More banners adorned the theater lobby, and as I devoured the dates and details of each one, an icy feeling crept into my heart.
Each banner had two sides -- like the two sides of power portrayed in the play. One painted the subject in a positive light, and the other side portrayed them as monsters, knaves, and worse. Good old Abe Lincoln was titled "Emancipator," but also "Tyrant." I'd never thought of him as a tyrant, but perhaps those he opposed felt differently.
How are powerful project leaders viewed? Maybe it depends on who you ask.
Does your project suffer from power poisoning? Would your team tell you if it did?
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Sometimes the paperwork and administrative tasks required by an organization are daunting, especially at review time. And as managers, there are so many more important things to do than all that paperwork, right? Wrong! One of the key things you do as a manager is keep ahead of company processes, do what you can to ensure they make sense, and, sensible or not, keep your team in the know and their paperwork up-to-date.
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Was This Project A Success or Not?, by Morley Selver
The numbers aren't everything. A massive, well-funded project that's project barely over budget (in relative terms) and barely late (in anyone's terms), and yet something is missing
Kimberly Wiefling is decorating Tokyo with rubber chickens. Randy Englund and Alfonso Bucero are at SeminarsWorld in Las Vegas demonstrating great people management skills. Alan Koch is shuttling between Minneapolis and Washington DC. Carl Pritchard is racking up frequent flyer miles all across New England.
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