In spite of much rhetoric on the subject, and the holy grail of the triple constraint, you cannot measure your entire worth as a project leader, or the success of your project, purely by whether they are on-time, on-budget, and feature-complete. In fact, to do so could create a negative spiral that further undermines your chances of success.
Marcus Buckingham, of First Break All the Rules fame, argues in The One Thing You Need to Know that people and teams do not perform at their best when they are realistic. Great managers get the best performance from people when they build their self-assurance to the point of helping them to become unrealistically optimistic. And great leaders achieve the best from their organizations when they rally people to a better future and get them to be unrealistically optimistic about the prospects that things will get better.
Optimism is a Strategy
Unrealistic optimism and high self-esteem are key factors in individual and team success. However the project management environment isn’t exactly brimming with unbridled optimism and positive reinforcement. Quite the opposite. Continue reading
Kimberly facilitated executive offsite strategy meetings, provided executive coaching, and managed a product rollout project at Rockliffe. She’s incredibly dynamic, insightful, and motivating, with an incredible skill at using humor to get people to understand and accept what they otherwise might not. I wouldn’t hesitate to bring her into any situation where management consulting was needed.
I plan to recommend attending Kimberly’s presentation to everyone I know as one of the best project management presentations I have ever attended. It gives project managers the kick in the butt call-to-action they need.
Kimberly is one of the most enthusiastic and up-beat people I have ever worked with. She is driven by the belief that it is more than her job, it is her obligation, to make those around her successful. She is an exceptionally quick study with a firm grounding in science and engineering. Kimberly…easily identifies choke points to progress as well as opportunities for leverage. She is a model of persistence…
Kimberly is one of those people who’s enthusiasm is infectious. You can’t help being motivated by her, even if it’s via email. Her wit, experience, and business savvy make her someone I am honored to be associated with. I am a guest blogger on the University of California Santa Cruz Extension PM website, and Kimberly is our fearless leader and motivational cheerleader. She keeps us going strong with her creativity and pizazz.
Kimberly’s ‘Leading From Any Chair’ workshop is the single most powerful class I’ve attended, and the highest rated class I’ve participated in. Her teachings have fundamentally changed me as a leader, a coach, and a team member.
Kimberly took me to the next level in taking on a leadership role. She encouraged me to success.
If you want to build energy, velocity, and momentum toward an outrageous goal, Kimberly’s Scrappy Project Management is just what you’ve been waiting for to help you get those results with more pleasant surprises and fewer disappointing shocks along the way.
Thank you for inspiring me to be the leader I aspire to be. You are a great model of the courageous leadership philosophy in action.
Your e-mail is inspiring. You are inspiring. I’m bawling my eyes out right now just from pure awe. When I think of what we have accomplished over the last five years, who would have guessed? Thank you for your support in this Kimberly. I really mean it when I say that I could not have done it without you – because I wouldn’t have had the vision, or the courage. I really appreciate all you have given to my dream – and continue to give.
Kimberly is dynamic and focused, and an incredible professional in all her activities. She is talented, creative, articulate, and has super people skills. I give her my highest endorsement.
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