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Consultant and author Jerry Manas shares his slide deck on his international best-selling book, Napoleon on Project Management. Visit Jerry's website at www.marengogroup.com.

Consultant and author Jerry Manas shares his slide deck on his international best-selling book, Napoleon on Project Management. Visit Jerry's website at www.marengogroup.com.

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  • Napoleon on Project Management Jerry Manas, PMP [email_address]
  • What do 20 Million people have in common?
  • They all manage projects. ( i.e. Trying to achieve specific objectives through teams of people )
  • Most of them fail to achieve the objectives they set out to achieve. Many are seen more as paper pushers than leaders. Very few inspire people.
  • A Key Problem: Rules over Principles
  • The PM Challenge
    • In this corner … The PM! Armed with tools & standards, but lacking:
      • Business Acumen
      • Leadership Skills
      • Conflict Mgt Skills
      • Negotiation Skills
      • Presentation Skills
      • Communication Skills
      • Strategic Intuition
    • In this corner … The Project!
      • Global, virtual team
      • Complex technology
      • Complex change
      • Multiple Vendors
      • Offshore resources
      • Conflicting Stakeholders
      • Scrutinizing Executives
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  • The Search for Something New
  • “ There is nothing new in this world except the history you do not know.” - Harry S. Truman
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  • Why Napoleon?
    • Unsurpassed Accomplishments
    • Master of Organization (with no technology)
    • Heavily Documented Principles
  • Accomplishments
  • Napoleon’s Accomplishments
    • Over 50 Battles (mostly won, mostly defensive)
      • Defied the odds, beating larger, experienced armies
    • Innovations in logistics, artillery, and organizational structure
    • A passionate and loyal following
    • Civil Code (still in use today)
    • Bridges, museums, marinas, monuments, roads, cities
    • The Rosetta Stone
    • Legion of Honor
    • Financial, Education, and Healthcare reforms
    • Creation of a Constitution & Republic/Empire
    • Reigned for 15 years as leader of Western Europe
    • “ In this age, in past ages, in any age… Napoleon.”
    • The Duke of Wellington (when asked about the greatest general of his age)
  • Napoleon the Diplomat Italy Egypt The Church England
  • Master of Organization - With No Technology!
  • Napoleon’s Time Management System
    • Bi-Weekly Status Reports (War, Interior, Finance)
    • Finance Dashboard (Price of Wheat per Region, Min/Max/Avg)
    • Weekly Operational Meetings (to review needs & make decisions)
    • Monthly Fund Allocation Meetings (Project Governance, Business Case, SMEs in attendance)
  • Napoleon’s Daily Schedule - Morning
    • Check Mail. Sort by:
      • Current (to be addressed that day)
      • Pending (near future)
      • Answered (replied or needs no reply)
      • Trash (spam)
    • Review Issues. Sort by:
      • High Profile/Urgent
      • To be Delegated
      • Irrelevant
    • Doctor’s In Sessions
      • Private (by appointment)
      • Public (open forum)
  • Napoleon’s Daily Schedule - Afternoon
    • Review Records/Status Reports
    • Take overall actions and/or delegate
      • Based on mail
      • Based on issues/status reports
    • Scheduled weekly/monthly meetings
      • Operational meetings
      • Fund allocation meetings
  • La Grande Arm é e: The World’s Greatest Virtual Team
    • Berthier–Chief of Staff, Imperial Genl Staff
    • 5 to 7 corps – self-contained (incl. engineering, logistics, medical), combined arms (i.e. infantry, cavalry, artillery)
    • Each corps led by a marshal, given full trust and accountability (within strategic objectives)
    • Corps had divisions, also self-contained
    • Close communication
      • Through Imperial General Staff
  • Communication is Power!
  • The Great Campaigns Ulm/Austerlitz - 1805
  • Lesson 1 : Ensure good visibility. Lesson 2 : Equip your team for success. Lesson 4 : Focus on the primary objective. Lesson 3 : Establish a system of communication.
  • Documented Principles
  • Napoleon’s Six Winning Principles
    • Exactitude : awareness, research, continuous planning
    • Speed : reducing resistance, increasing urgency, providing focus
    • Flexibility : adaptable, empowered, unified
    • Simplicity : objectives, messages, processes
    • Character : integrity, calmness, responsibility
    • Moral Force : order, purpose, recognition, rewards
  • “ By beginning everything, we risk finishing nothing.” - Napoleon Exactitude, Speed, Moral Force
  • “ If I cannot complete it, at least I don’t want to leave behind me a long line of unfinished pillars, waiting sadly upright to be crowned by their vaults and the rest of the buildings.” - Napoleon ( on the Louvre wing being added; phased deliverables ) Speed, Simplicity
  • “ When a law does not make its intentions clear, a judge will often give a decision against his own will through acting on the strict letter of the law.” - Napoleon ( on why policy should be declared only on the most obvious and productive rules needed ) Simplicity, Flexibility, Character
  • “ This letter is the principle instruction of your plan of campaign, and if unforeseen events should occur, you will be guided in your conduct by the spirit of this instruction.” - Napoleon Exactitude, Flexibility, Character, Moral Force
  • “ Think over carefully the great enterprise you are about to carry out; and let me know, before I sign your final orders, your own views as to the best way of carrying it out.” - Napoleon Exactitude, Flexibility, Character, Moral Force
  • Napoleon’s Words and Actions
    • Words
      • “ The Civil Code is the code of the century; its provisions not only preach toleration, but organize it---toleration is the greatest privilege of man.”
      • “ Faith is beyond the reach of the law. It is the most personal possession of man, and no one has a right to demand an accounting for it”
  • Napoleon’s Words and Actions
    • Actions
      • Italian Campaign: Disciplined soldiers in Mantua for committing atrocities
      • In Italy, insisted on sole command when directors tried to install two co-leaders.
      • Pleaded with the Genoese to rebuild a toppled statue of Admiral Andrea Doria, and offered to rebuild it.
      • Persuaded the Genoese to not exclude the nobles from public functions (“It would be doing the same thing that they themselves did”)
  • Napoleon’s Words and Actions
    • Actions
      • In Toulon, refused to take over the job of his commanding officer and instead convinced the officer of the right thing to do (proceed in bad weather)
      • Offered lenient proposals and moderate treaties to Italy despite orders to the contrary
      • Lectured soldiers en route to Egypt on respecting the local culture
      • Refused to have his likeness and name on national monuments
  • The Four Warning Signs
    • Power : separation, impatience, self-righteousness
    • Overzealousness : grandiose ideas, obsession, impulsiveness
    • Scarcity of Effective Leaders : disorder, mistrust, micromanagement
    • Unbalanced Lifestyle : burnout, loss of composure, loss of health
  • The Spanish Ulcer – 1808-1814 Goya’s Dos de Mayo
  • Lesson 1 : Great performers do not always make great leaders. Lesson 2 : Understand the terrain. Go and see for yourself. Lesson 3 : Never forget your principles.
  • “ The greatest mistake of my career was the interference in Spanish affairs... All my defeats came from this source.” - Napoleon
  • The Russian Campaign
  • Lesson 1 : Make sure your team is committed. Lesson 2 : Know when to cut your losses or reevaluate the mission. Lesson 3 : Grow effective leaders.
  • “ No matter how far you’ve gone on a wrong road, turn back.” - Turkish Proverb Source: Dennis Littky, The Big Picture: Education is Everyone’s Business .
  • The New, Improved (and tired) Napoleon
  • Waterloo Ref: http://carol.nuvox.net/dolphin//waterloo/ Copyright 2000, David Lawrence Early Morning
  • Ref: http://carol.nuvox.net/dolphin//waterloo/ Copyright 2000, David Lawrence No e-mail! No cell phone! Later that day… 3:00pm 6:00pm
  • Lesson 1 : Put the right people in the right roles. Lesson 3 : Beware the dangers of burnout. Lesson 2 : Use all available forms of communication.
  • St. Helena ( The Lessons-Learned Session)
  • “ History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” - Mark Twain
  • For More Information
    • jmanas @marengogroup.com
    • www.marengogroup.com
    • www.PMThink.com
    • www.creatingweinstitute.com
    www.pmthink.com