Posts Tagged ‘consultant’

Gaining access to an Unavailable Sponsor

October 22, 2013

Gaining Access to an Unavailable Sponsor…

…goes far beyond talking the Sponsor’s Assistant into rescheduling the calendar!  It involves a fundamental shift in the sponsor’s perspective.  But how?

If you want to learn the Number 1 way to shift the sponsor’s view of you and many more effective techniques to deal with difficult sponsor behavior, register for a complimentary webinar called “Sponsor Influence Strategies– Masterclass” available for just one more week.

You’ll meet a colleague of mine, Kimberlee Williams who has advanced experience in change management, having led the global change management program for one of the largest, most respected pharmaceutical companies in the world (she’s also a former PMO leader and BlackBelt) and is now sharing her knowledge about dealing with difficult sponsors directly through this webinar. WEBINAR BOOKING

She’ll disclose her personal advice for dealing with the four mindset and behavior shifts that will accelerate a better relationship with your sponsor so you can get them to do what’s essential for project success. It also covers common mistakes and the Top 5 sponsor problems (including exactly what to do about them).

You ‘ll  receive several downloads including a very useful framework that will help you transform your role with your sponsor from ‘hands-on’ to ‘strategic advisor’, program action guide, and others. In addition, you are going to receive exclusive access to a free 3-part video series (1.5 hours) that dives into the other six project ‘people elements’ you must manage in order to be successful.  You can watch the videos yourself at your leisure and are also welcome to share them with others on your team.

Peter

PS: Don’t forget,  Kimberlee is offering a nice bonus with this program.  It’s not for sale anywhere and would probably be worth at least $65-70 USD if you were going to buy it.  You’ll get access to a free 3-part video series (1.5 hours) which explains the ‘7 critical people elements’ that most contribute to project failure rates, then covers her best tips to solve those.  It also tells you the exact technique to reframe your sponsor. You can watch the videos yourself and can share them with others on your team. CHECK IT OUT

PPS: In that program, you can learn how to post a simple reply to the video that could win you $700 USD, paid in November. WATCH AND WIN

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Is this you?

October 16, 2013

One of the surveys for my book – Strategies for Project Sponsorship – showed a startling statistic:

85% of companies surveyed said they had project sponsorship in place

83% of companies stated that they did nothing to train, support, guide, or help their sponsors in any way at all

And yet 100% of companies stated that having a good sponsor in place was critical to project success!

Do you recognise this imbalance in your company?

If so, and you want some quick and effective new ways to deal with your sponsor, you’ll want attend a complimentary webinar called ‘Sponsor Influence Strategies- Masterclass’.

Unlike some other programs that tell you to go-change-your-sponsor, this one focuses on things that are 100% under your control…the four mindset and behavior shifts you have to make in order to influence your sponsor and get what you want. It also covers common mistakes and the Top 5 sponsor problems (including exactly what to do about them).

You’ll get several downloads including a very useful framework that will help you transform your role with your sponsor from ‘hands-on’ to ‘strategic advisor’, program action guide, and others. In addition, you are going to receive exclusive access to a free 3-part video series (1.5 hours) that dives into the other six project ‘people elements’ you must manage in order to be successful.  You can watch the videos yourself at your leisure and are also welcome to share them with others on your team.

Kimberlee has advanced experience in change management, having led the global change management program for one of the largest, most respected pharmaceutical companies in the world (she’s also a former PMO leader and BlackBelt) and is now sharing her knowledge about dealing with difficult sponsors directly through THIS FREE WEBINAR

PS – The webinar is only available for a short time, so make a bit of room in your schedule in the next few days and sign up today.

As a reminder, it is no cost to you and you can register HERE NOW

Peter Taylor Services – Project Management

October 9, 2013

Check out my new flyers for all of the services I offer:

Peter Taylor At your service

Stand Up PM Comedy

Successful PMOs

Project Sponsorship

The Lazy Project Manager

The Project from Hell

As you can see I offer workshops such as The Lazy Project Manager, The Project from Hell, Leading Successful PMOs, and Strategies for Project Sponsorship – or custom workshops can also be commissioned.

I deliver presentations and keynotes based on all my books, as well as the popular ‘Presentation on Presentation’ – where you can learn better presentational skills through a real presentation – as well as the unique ‘PM Comedy Stand-up’ experience.

I consult in PMO development and leadership, executive Sponsorship, Methodology development and PM skills, as well as project Retrospectives.

For an alternative approach to your project needs just call me or drop me an email I will get right back to you.

And my books are available here:

THE LAZY SHOP

THE AMAZON SHOP

“Project from Hell” – Workshop, Frankfurt

July 23, 2013

“Project from Hell” – Workshop, Frankfurt

19.09.2013

 

Peter Taylor live in Frankfurt

Gehört Projektarbeit zu Ihren täglichen Aufgaben? Haben Sie dabei jemals ein Projekt in einer Schieflage erlebt und waren eventuell selbst involviert, es wieder in die richtigen Bahnen zu lenken?

Dann ist der „Project from Hell“ Workshop die passende Möglichkeit für Sie, den bekannten Autor und Projektmanager Peter Taylor live zu erleben. In diesem Workshop werden Sie neue Erfahrungen darüber sammeln, wie man mit Missständen im Projekt umgehen kann, um diese letztendlich zum Erfolg zu führen.

Weitere Informationen unter www.integratedprojects.eu

Reviews in for Strategies for Project Sponsorship

July 9, 2013

Thanks Jon Hyde for this review on Amazon UK:

Strategies For Project Sponsorship (SPS) is a fine (and entertaining!) book by project management gurus Vicki James, Ron Rosenhead and Peter Taylor, which plugs a gaping hole in industry literature by comprehensively, pragmatically, and concisely addressing all aspects of project sponsorship. A quick scan of Amazon reveals just a handful of other books with a similar focus, compared with project management titles which run into the tens of thousands! Coupled with the fact that effective project sponsorship is consistently cited as a major project success factor, we’re left scratching our heads as to why this area has remained so neglected for so long – BUT the wait is over!

SPS is a well written, well structured, waffle free zone, brimming with practical advice for project managers and sponsors alike. The book covers the entire project life cycle and clearly explains how the roles and responsibilities of the project sponsor should interface with those of the project manager at each stage of the cycle. The authors have helpfully split the book into three parts: I) For the Project Manager; II) For the Sponsor; III) For the Organisation. This is great as sponsors are far more likely to read their specific section (everyone loves to feel special, right?) – 27 pages of solid gold – than to find the time to read an entire book.

The book benefits from the combined authorship of three industry giants who have a vast amount of cross sector, international experience between them. I particularly enjoyed the real world case studies that are presented throughout the book, which bring concepts and strategies to life. The material presented is backed up by references to some serious research, notably The Standish Group’s 2012 CHAOS report, The Year of The Executive Sponsor, as well as the results of surveys conducted by the authors – detailed results of which are presented in the appendices.

I liked the book’s coverage of soft skills e.g. how to bond with and influence your sponsor and project team; how to work with challenging sponsors; how to upskill your sponsor! The authors point out that many experienced sponsors may be `Too cool for school’, and instead propose more subtle (education by stealth!) approaches to addressing the sponsorship skills and knowledge gap.

Overall, `Strategies for project sponsorship’ is highly readable (only took me a few hours) and frequently had me chuckling out loud – a most unusual and welcome quality in a management book! The authors conclude with a call to action to join the `Campaign for Real Project Sponsors`: Well Vicki, Ron, Peter, you had me at hello! The book is also complemented by a LinkedIn Group of great people, devoted to the cause, that I’m pretty sure you’ll want to join as soon as you put it down.

Thanks Mike Clayton for this review on Amazon UK:

Strategies for Project Sponsorship addresses a vital and much neglected area of project management. It is a large subject area and the authors tackle it from two principal perspectives: from that of the Project Manager looking for tips about how to “handle” their sponsor, and from that of the sponsor focusing on their responsibilities and how to handle them. There is a third, organisational perspective, which is by far the weakest.

The PM perspective is well handled, with lots of good tips, although I did find that parts of the “working with challenging sponsors” chapter sometimes came across as flippant and thin. I think this first part is why most of the audience will buy the book, and they will get a lot of useful tips.

For me, it is part 2 – for the sponsor – that is the most valuable part of the book and I hope that many project sponsors will take up the authors’ challenge to improve sponsorship skills and practices. For this reason, I found part 3 – for the organisation – the big disappointment. This is the main justification and, in parts, impassioned plea, that the authors put for good sponsorship. They are spot on. So, I would really like to have seen more on the strategic role of project sponsors in organisational governance and in the process of selecting the right portfolio of projects.

This is a good book, that could easily have been a great book. It is a tactical manual with a lot of good ideas, that has missed out on being a classic. It is the only book of its kind, however, so I recommend it highly, and hope it does well enough to merit a second edition. If that happens, then my plea is for more strategic focus, to supplement the good tactical support it offers.

Thanks Michael Greer for this review on Amazon US:

Strategies for Project Sponsorship is a unique blend of practical, step-by-step tools; hard-won wisdom from the PM trenches; and solid, research-based recommendations. As a PM author reading this book, I found myself in awe of how nimbly the authors weaved together seemingly disparate elements: here citing research findings, there providing war stories or case study examples, and finally pivoting to morph these into powerful, ready-to-use tools. As someone who’s both managed projects and trained project managers for more than three decades, I know this for certain: This book should be in every project manager’s tool kit and in every project sponsor’s briefcase.

Here are six reasons I believe this book will become an instant PM classic:
1. It shares powerful PM wisdom, based on real-world experience, regarding the subtle and nuanced process of sponsoring a project.
2. It provides insights that are typically unavailable to project managers without spending years gaining experience and acquiring scar tissue!
3. It provides practical, easy-to-use tools for project managers.
4. It does what every project manager has always wanted to do: It gently, but firmly, educates project sponsors about their crucial role.
5. It provides practical, easy-to-use tools for project sponsors.
6. It is firmly grounded in research. (Specifically, an extensive original survey: The Strategies for Project Sponsorship Survey and The Standish Group’s CHAOS Manifesto 2012: The Year of the Executive Sponsor)

Reading this book, I had two voices in my head repeatedly proclaiming enthusiastically:
* “Yes! That’s right! I know exactly what they’re saying. I learned that same lesson myself via the School of Hard Knocks on the [XYZ] project a few years ago.”
* “Wow! What a great resource! This is the tool I’ve always needed, but didn’t realize I was missing!”

My recommendation: If you manage projects, get a copy of Strategies for Project Sponsorship for yourself. And then get one for all your project sponsors.

 

More reviews on all Amazon sites and others always welcome – thank you

 

PM for the Masses Podcast is officially launched

July 8, 2013

PM for the Masses Podcast is officially launched and I was delighted to be the first guest on this brand new show.

 

Here’s the link to the podcast page:

 

http://pmforthemasses.com/category/podcast

 

And here is the iTunes listing:

 

http://pmforthemasses.com/itunes

 

And here’s the direct link to my episode:

 

http://pmforthemasses.com/1

 

If you’re an iTunes user, it’d be great if you left a review for the show in iTunes.  This helps raise the visibility of the show and increases the chances of new people finding it.

 

Also, please feel free to share the links with your community.

 

Congratulations to Cesar Abeid who came up with this great initiative http://www.pmforthemasses.com