John and Shawn are pleased to announce that our next Project Manager Leadership Development Program (PMLDP) will take place at the Mason Enterprise Center in Fairfax, VA on Sunday, April 17th. More information is here on our website, and tickets are available here. Project Management Institute credential holders are eligible for 8 Professional Development Units […]
On Episode 330 ofthe Project Management Podcast, Cornelius Fichtner interviews Susanne Madsen, author of The Power of Project Leadership. During the podcast, Susanne reviews 6 leadership styles, as well as the GROW model of professional coaching. She discusses how …
A team is greater than the sum of its parts. As individuals our contributions are limited to a singular effort. As a team we can accomplish so much more. Teamwork requires more than technical competency. On teams that I have lead, character and temperament often matter more than technical competency. From character and temperament comes the foundation of great teams; integrity, accountability, reliability, identity, empathy, loyalty, camaraderie, compassion, and optimism. These attributes will empower a team to do great things together and supports them to achieve any mission, or objective placed before them – not just that defined in the moment.
In Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson relates Job’s penchant for distorting reality calling it the reality distortion field. I call it delusional leadership. Steve Jobs created a powerhouse company, and a lot of collateral damage along the way.
Leaders who operate from a delusional state could be considered psychopaths, Machiavellian or narcissistic. In the book Snakes In Suits, Paul Babiak and Robert Hare refer to this as the dark triad of subclinical psychopathy, discuss the differences, and note that psychopaths are at the mean end of the spectrum. The methods of the corporate psychopath make it difficult at times to assess the difference between the ordinary use of power and influence by leaders, and the psychotic underpinnings of manipulation and exploitation used by corporate psychopaths.
At one time, LinkedIn endorsements were little more than a way to publicly pad your friend’s resume — “you write me a positive endorsement, and I’ll do the same for you”. Remove the quid pro quo, and they become a very generative way to produce public identity for someone you respect, trust, or appreciate. The Project […]