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1 EXTREME Project Manager Makeover! Pattie Vargas, PMP, MAOM The Vargas Group Building effectiveness through better business relationships!

2 It was bound to happen … First …. Extreme Makeover!

3 Extreme Makeover – Home Addition! Followed by …

4 Technology followed … Extreme Programming!

5 Extreme Project Manager Makeover! So we should have known …

6 It’s a new game with new job requirements  Forge collaborative relationships among cross-functional teams  Lead and promote change, growth and effectiveness  Motivate a varied, cross-functional staff  Manage, lead and motivate highly skilled project teams New Competencies

7 Must possess:  Proven leadership of technical and non- technical teams  Exceptional collaborative, teaming and consensus building abilities  Proficiency in staff motivation, conflict resolution and disciplinary procedures  Experience in staff management, recruitment and selection, creation of goals and objectives, performance assessment The job description …

8 Radical Concepts Extreme Project Managers must:  Assume a Leadership Role  Invest in Team Development  Learn to Manage Conflict  Balance Empowerment / Accountability

9 This is not a leader

10 Leadership Competencies  Share the Vision  Ability to Motivate  Good Manager  Champion for the Team  Build A Collaborative Network A Leadership Role

11 Vision Leadership Mediation

12 A Leadership Role Understanding the value of a Social Network is a critical part of being a good leader … although I doubt this is what Zuckerberg envisioned

13 A Leadership Role

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15 Thank You Let me introduce you to … How can I help? Your ideas? Here’s what worked for me Let’s discuss Try this I’ll take that

16 Team Development

17 For Me to Buy In …  Trust in my management support Team Development  Know my part in the vision  Understand the ground rules  Have a healthy team environment

18 Buy-In = Commitment  Solicit input and then LISTEN  Ask for help  Don’t require consensus or certainty  Make a decision once in awhile  Recognize milestones and achievements Team Development

19 Have Fun! Team Development  “There may be 50 ways to leave your lover but only 4 ways out of this airplane.” Herb Kelleher  “I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.” Steven Wright  “There are just too many people at work with tight underwear.” Ken Blanchard  “Energetic, joyous teamwork drives out stress, boredom, burnout and apathy.” John Christensen

20 ROI Cost of consumable goods: $13.87 Return on team investment: PRICELESS

21 Who We Are Fast- Paced Slow- Paced Pace Task Focused People Focused Focus

22 Dominant Director Decisive Likes to Win Pace: Fast Focus: Task Interactive Socializer Spontaneous Fun-loving Pace: Fast Focus: People Steady Relater Collaborative Value Stability Pace: Slow Focus: People ominant teady autious nteractive AthletePerformerTeacherScientist Cautious Thinker Systematic Logical Pace: Slow Focus: Task Who We Are

23 Where Do You Fit? Fast- Paced Slow- Paced Pace Task Focused People Focused Focus

24 ominant teady autious nteractive AthletePerformerTeacherScientist Asks questions that challenge tradition Works quickly to resolve issues May hesitate to delegate Can be seen as blunt or critical Brings a sense of enthusiasm Easily negotiates conflicts between teams May be impulsive; not think things through May need help prioritizing tasks Excels at calming disagreements Looks for different approaches May take themselves too seriously May be perceived as rigid or inflexible Clarifies complex issues Demonstrates technical expertise May expect unreasonable standards from others May delay action by needing more data Who We Are

25 Manage Conflict

26 Conflict is OK when it’s:  Productive  Limited to ideas, concepts, methods  Not focused on personalities, individuals  Focused on the current issue – not from residual resentments Manage Conflict

27 Common Misconceptions  Conflict and anger are the same thing Manage Conflict  Harmony is normal; conflict is abnormal  Conflict is the result of personality problems  We can Kum-Ba-Ya our way out of conflict

28 Teams that engage in effective conflict:  Have lively, interesting meetings  Extract and exploit the ideas of all team members  Solve real problems quickly  Minimize politics  Aren’t afraid to put critical issues on the table for discussion Manage Conflict

29  Prepare for it Manage Conflict Minimize and Neutralize Conflict  Throw a PARTY!  Know when to take it off line  Encourage coaching within the team  Create a safe environment  Dissatisfaction / Unrest = Unmet needs

30 Empowerment & Accountability

31 Empowering Actions  Collaboration  Flexibility  Consistency  Unwavering support  Distributed decision making Empowerment & Accountability

32 Not So Empowering Actions  Weak leadership  Taking credit for others work / success  Dishonesty  Micromanagement  The 3 P’s  Coalitions / Alliances Empowerment & Accountability

33  Hold ourselves and others accountable  Have the difficult conversation  Define standards and expectations  Model accountability  Positive peer pressure Empowerment & Accountability Reinforce Accountability:

34  Assess Your Leadership Skills  360 degree surveys, accountability coach  Develop the Team  What steps did you miss, if any?  Manage Conflict  What is your conflict management plan?  Accountability Problems  Are you motivating or demotivating? So Now What?

35  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey  Drive – Dan Pink  FISH! – Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen  Peopleware – Tom deMarco, Timothy Lister  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni  MY Book! Recommended Reading

36 36 Thank you! Pattie Vargas EXTREME Project Manager Makeover Available at: Amazon.com


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