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PROJECT LEADERSHIP

Research shows that over 50% of projects fail to deliver what they said they would, on-time and on-budget? 

 

To make matters worse, the majority of projects delivered less than half the value that their sponsors expected, according to data collected by Oxford University's Said Business School, and analysed by McKinsey,

 

That's a double-whammy of wasted time and money. First, there's the cost of doing the project and second, there's the benefit that didn't get delivered.

 

If you want to avoid project failure, you could of course go on a traditional Project Management course. But most project management courses simply teach you how to manage a process, using a variety of charts and tables. What they don't do is to show you how to manage the content that delivers the value.

I've been managing projects and programmes for over 20 years and I firmly believe that what is taught on most courses is at best of little help and, at worst, unnecessary bureaucracy that gets in the way of delivery and gives a false sense of security.

 

Most project management training teaches you how to be a project mechanic, in a world that needs project gardeners.

 

So, to save you making the same mistakes that I did, when I started out, I have devised an project leadership approach that I call Lean Project Management.

 

My  approach uses all of my experience, plus tons of research, to give you  a step-by-step approach to leading projects that will avoid the mistakes that most other people make.

 

In contrast to most approaches, it teaches you to deliver usable business value in incremental steps. It avoids that ever-tightening knot in the stomach of having to wait until the end of the project to see if you got what you expected.

 

There are three ways to differentiate yourself from the crowd of also-ran's: 

 

  1. My self-study course, hosted on the Udemy platform.

  2. Personal coaching and mentoring, to supplement the self-study course.

  3. Bespoke training and coaching workshops.

 

Scroll down to read more about each option.

Self-study course

This is delivered in bite-sized chunks that you can consume while you are on the move. It's mostly short video "lectures", each of less than 10 minutes, that you can watch on your tablet or phone.  Each video has associated exercises and notes.

 

A recent student wrote:

"I've learnt a hell of a lot from this really great course. So much of it I've actioned straight away in my projects".

Just press the button below to find out more and watch some preview material, without any obligation.

ONLINE SELF-STUDY COURSE

This is delivered in bite-sized chunks that you can consume while you are on the move. It's mostly short video "lectures", each of less than 10 minutes, that you can watch on your tablet or phone.  Each video has associated exercises and notes.

 

A recent student wrote:

"I've learnt a hell of a lot from this really great course. So much of it I've actioned straight away in my projects".

Just press the button below to find out more and watch some preview material, without any obligation.

COACHING AND MENTORING

The self-study course will put you well ahead of your peers but only if you do the exercises and apply what you have learned. 

 

And the problem with projects is that they often occur over a long period of time, So with the best will in the world, there can be quite a gap between the time that your learn something and the time you get a chance to apply it. In addition, sometimes we learn something but are not quite sure whether we have got it, or are applying it correctly.

 

This is where coaching and mentoring comes it, supplementing and supporting what you have learned, when you need it.

 

I have been coaching and mentoring people for as long as I have been leading projects, which is over 20 years. These days, I am on the executive coaching panel for Warwick Business School and am on the school's mentoring programme steering committee.

 

If you would like to talk about supplementing your self-study course with coaching and mentoring then just drop me a line and we can discuss what would best suit your needs.

 

Or if you don't think the self-study course suits your learning style but would still interested project coaching and mentoring get in touch and we can talk about how best to get you up to the next level of leading projects.

 

If you are considering getting in touch regarding coaching and mentoring, you should know that I prefer to do most of the meeting over Skype, to better fit your budget and schedule. 

BESPOKE TRAINING

If you are looking for training and coaching for your organisation then I am happy to work with you to create a package of learning and development that best meets your specific needs.

 

I have often found that workshops, where particpants work together on existing projects are a great way of learning while at the same time increasing their projects' chances of success,