Is Certification Needed? If Yes, Which One?

PMI issued a letter a few days ago announcing the launch a of new Agile Certification.  As more and more project management practitioners are showing interest in Agile, it seems appropriate that PMI delve into this area to explore the intersection points between the...

Goal Setting

If a person were to reflect on their career, their organization, or the various projects they were involved in, I would suspect that a theme that will emerge is that often times goals are not achieved in the way that was originally conceived.  Often plans end up being...

Authority

Nicolo Machiavelli argues in his book “The Prince” that if one had to chose between being feared or loved, it is better to be feared. I am willing to bet that if we took a poll of 100 business leaders or project managers they would likely agree with...

Entrepreneurship or Entrepreneurial

I spent some time today preparing for a presentation on entrepreneurship that I will be delivering to high school students in the coming week.  One of the main themes that I am planning to focus on is the difference between being an entrepreneur versus displaying...

Succession Planning

The business community often is attracted to the larger than life type of leader.  Carisma seems to matter quite a bit in the formula but ultimately a track record of success is important.  If we look at organizations such as Microsoft and Apple, these are two great...