If you are absolutely dependent on your paycheck to survive, do yourself a favor, don’t be a project leader! In most of the scrappy high-tech organizations that I have worked in, the role of a project leader cannot be successfully filled by anyone who can’t put their job on the line in the pursuit of doing The Right Thing. From the project kick-off, where the project leader may not even be involved, to the attempted premature launch of a less-than-ready-to-ship product, projects run a higgily-piggily route. This real-world path rarely resembles the neat, tidy, well-defined process described in the PMBOK®.
In order to deliver results in the challenging circumstances typical of many business environments, project leaders must be absolutely committed to the success of their projects and leading their team to that success. Frequently they must execute this feat without any explicit support, sometimes with active resistance, and occasionally in the absence of any evidence that the project is indeed possible. This calls for leadership in the face of fearsome challenges. Continue reading
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
I would like you to know how much I have so appreciated all the help you have provided me. Even though there have been some times of hardness and difficulties, you successfully and strongly put me though during the workshop. Through the workshop, I really felt your professionalism, and positive thinking with great energy. Thanks to your continuous support and advice, I could learn to become a real global leader (Woo Hoo!!!).
Kimberly once again thank you. Almost 1year ago you offered to do a Skype call with me when I was so disappointed. You gave me so much power and a different view. Since then I stood up and started to take new challenges!! It was really a turning point for my career, life.
Working with Kimberly is a transformative experience. She is deeply insightful about how to create healthy, high functioning, effective organizations. Her business savvy, her tremendous ability to make connections and her profound understanding of how teams of people operate, are invaluable! When Kimberly facilitates a meeting or conference, you can be sure it will be focused and productive; it will have meaningful and measurable outcomes and it will be a lot of fun in the process. Kimberly’s w… Read more
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In a 3 hour workshop you helped to change people’s attitude about our challenge from something with too many obstacles to starting to see the big prize and plan the first baby steps, in short a transformative experience.
All the advice you gave me during our last meeting is paying off. Who could believe having a white board would do wonders – – just as you said. . . . this afternoon my manager said “You’re so organized and such a good communicator.
If you have the opportunity to take a workshop with Wiefling in person, don’t walk, RUN to sign up at your earliest opportunity. Her classes are Fun, Entertaining, high energy, and you learn some of the most incredible things. Don’t miss it. The only downside to her class is that everything else you take thereafter will pale in comparison. One of the finest class experiences I’ve ever had.
The door was opened to improvement where process is no longer a four letter word. I would love to work with you again sometime.
It is delightful to have you work with us. You are already having a positive impact on the whole project situation.
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your seminar. Last night was a breakthrough for me. All of my negativity is gone, and I have been able to plow through so much stuff today. I am a dynamo!
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