Brilliant Project Leader: What the best project leaders know, do and say to get results, every time
Product Author Bios
Mike Clayton was a project manager for twelve years, working for international services firm Deloitte. He led teams ranging from 2 to nearly 100 people, on projects for Government departments, local authorities, global manufacturers and FTSE 100 companies. Since 2002, Mike has focused on speaking about project management and has trained over 2,000 project managers.
Many people struggle to lead a project with a successful outcome and they fail to keep them to budget, deliver on time and motivate a team. This book combines practical tools, personal tips and psychological insights to that you can:
- Realistically plan not only your time and resources but everyone else's
- Understand your team's strengths and weaknesses
- Monitor everyone's work and review their progress
- Ensure your communication skills and feedback inspire and encourage your team
- Successfully meet project initiatives and objectives
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jump start your career: PM's become Leaders,
This review is from: Brilliant Project Leader: What the best project leaders know, do and say to get results, every time (Paperback)Highly readable with a great voice and sentiment - PMO's and PPM's will make this required reading because Mike has assembled a career's worth of project leadership lessons and gives them away (e.g. purpose and strategy plus tactics you can use right now).
Some PM's (and some executives) approach project work like it's just a process with inputs and outputs, and if the rest of the folks would just get it (respect the logic, memorization and 1's and 0's) then it would all go smoothly all the time. But it doesn't; it's not that simple. There are two major sources of variation in every project - the people and the business. Both present dynamic forces churning the water around your ship (project). Mike's book deals with the former, leading people effectively through a project - and that's enough because projects are about working with cats - err I mean people.
Do you play well with others?
Can you get others to play with you?
Can you get them to... Read more
This review is from: Brilliant Project Leader: What the best project leaders know, do and say to get results, every time (Paperback)Mike believes that "in tough times, project management is not enough. People get scared and uncertain and need leadership to keep them working effectively".
While there is a book called Brilliant Project Management, its focus is primarily on project management basics. Brilliant Project Leader focuses more on the human side of project management recognizing that systems, processes and procedures and even to some extent methodologies, while essential, are not sufficient to deliver successful projects.
I found this book packed with leadership tools and insight that have clearly been proven in the real world and are clearly informed by research from various fields such as psychology, social science and our understanding of how the brain works.
The book provides essential leadership skills for each stage of the project which is something that I have find unique. Mike dedicates the last section to leadership skills in tough times. The tools and insights here... Read more
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Table of Contents
About the author
Part 1: The Four Essentials of Team Leadership
Chapter 1: You get the team you deserve
Chapter 2: Focus on Individuals
Chapter 3: Build and share a clear plan
Chapter 4: Foster a true sense of team spirit
Chapter 5: Communicate relentlessly and well
Part 2: Leading your Project Team at each Stage of the Project
Chapter 6: Project Definition Stage
Chapter 7: Project Planning Stage
Chapter 8: Project Delivery Stage
Chapter 9: Project Closure Stage
Part 3: Project Team Leadership in Tough Times
Chapter 10: Tough Times: Meeting Resistance
Chapter 11: Tough Times: Up against it
Chapter 12: Tough Times: Tough Leader
To Lead: Some Closing Remarks
Glossary of Project Management Terms
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