17 years ago today RNC came into being. I didn’t wake up that morning and decide to start a company. In fact I had no idea I was going to do it until a meeting where I was blown sideways by inflexibility and (to my mind) unreasonable imposition. On the way home I thought about the meeting; it’s tone; content and the players. By the time I arrived, I’d decided to start a Really Nice Company (RNC).
To smash it as a project/program sponsor, you need to know the following and have answers to the questions below. You need to insist on being in charge. If you can do that, you’ll be well on the path to being the best sponsor you can be.
Recently, I was asked, “What are the most important things you’ve learned along the way? The question was asked within the context of business and especially as a woman in business. But whatever your current status, interests and aspirations, it’s a great self-test question worth asking from time to time.
To successfully manage a complex and time-critical project, you need to surround yourself with a great team that works effectively and as the one unit. The abilities and personality traits of your team leads in particular can significantly affect the overall momentum of your project, program or portfolio.
Project managers who think their job is simply to execute their plan are deluding themselves. Clients want people who can fit in and work out how to get it done. Nobody paves the way and project managers have to figure out how to influence.