It’s that time of year again! Dust off the strategic plan, sharpen the tools, oil the machine!
Haven’t we all seen so many plans and spring cleaning initiatives for businesses and organizations fall into the same pattern? It’s like going to the garage to plan and prepare for the growing season. “This should only take a couple hours.” But it doesn’t. It always takes longer and doesn’t always produce the best results.
But not this year! Not in 2017!
Let’s make it happen every day, every week, and every month this spring and all year long. By implementing consistent and constant Project Leadership, we can.
What would the outcome be if our spring cleaning had a charter to help us manage factors like integration, risk, and quality? It could include the cost of cleaning supplies, the time demanded for each task, and the scope of what needs to be cleared out, cleaned, or repaired. What would we end up with?
A project — complete with the framework, processes, and project management expertise necessary for success. Maybe by turning our spring cleaning into projects we could clear the way and provide our people with all the tools–and Project Leadership–needed to drive our efforts to realities. Project Leadership is not the equivalent of Project Management. Project Management focuses on four areas when managing complex projects:
- Managing the Technical aspects of the project
- Managing all the Resources of the project
- Managing the Project Framework and Project Lifecycle in its entirety
- Managing to meet the Business Requirements for Leadership and Project Sponsors
Project Leadership focuses on creating the environment to keep all these in balance, enabling Project Managers to be successful in delivering a successful project.
The Role and Skills of the Project Leader
We’re living in the Knowledge Age where ideas are the new capital and massive amounts of information are hitting us at light-speed. Distraction is almost inevitable. Project Leaders work around this by guiding conversation to keep the focus on broad situations, not individual tasks. They help specify the “What” while empowering the team to identify and manage the “How.”
- Project Leaders write the vision by setting the “Why” and the “What” in order to establish the strategy, goals, and milestones.
- Project Leaders support the project team as they set the “How” in order to establish the most effective path to deliver the project.
- Project Leaders engage their teams in conversation to internalize a story, enabling them to implement and adapt to the ever-changing landscape.
Getting Started with Project Leadership
One of the founding fathers of Total Quality Management, W. Edwards Deming, brought us the System of Profound Knowledge® with the belief that profound knowledge generally comes from outside the system–that the system cannot see itself in whole. Project Leadership is often enhanced, improved, and sometimes accelerated with capable talent and resources from outside the department or organization. Outside experts can help ensure:
- Complex projects and programs are guided to success
- The right people are doing the right work
- Focus and vision are clear the whole way
Start making your plan for spring cleaning today while you’re in the mood. This will be sure to set the stage for transforming your Cleaning into Projects and establishing the vision and the framework. Start building your awesome and highly capable project teams now to start the process of writing the charter to kick off the season and transform your Projects into Realities.
Schedule a Reality Celebration for one year from today and repeat!