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    • A Training, Leadership and Mentoring Organization A Training, Leadership and Mentoring Organization WHY Project LEADERS FAIL© 2005 Successful Strategies International, Inc. Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 1 www.psqtconference.com
    • • Greatest skills leaders can have• Top five contributors to leadership failure• Main cause of leadership failure• The role of the leader• How leaders can become more effective Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 2 www.psqtconference.com
    • Over the years, studies have been conducted on why projects fail… Not adequately defining the objectives for the projectSolving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 3 www.psqtconference.com
    • One area overlooked when evaluating project failure? The Failure of LeadershipSolving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 4 www.psqtconference.com
    • What is the greatest skill a leader can have?Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 5 www.psqtconference.com
    • The greatest skill a leader can have? The basic ability to connect and get along with other people.August, 2005, CIO Magazine, by Edward Prewitt Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 6 www.psqtconference.com
    • The Worst Manager you ever worked for… A group of 250 IT Employees (who manage at least 10 staffers) were surveyed about the worst manager they ever worked for.Source: 2003 Chaos Study by the Standish Group Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 7 www.psqtconference.com
    • The Survey Says…The top five contributors to leadership failure:Poor Interpersonal Skills 58%Self Centeredness 56%Failure to Acknowledge Problems 55%Untrustworthiness 54%Weak Management Skills 52%Source: Cutter Consortium Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 8 www.psqtconference.com
    • Main cause of Leadership Failure today?Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 9 www.psqtconference.com
    • Main cause of Leadership Failure today… A lack of… Emotional ability and interpersonal skills are not something easily learned.Cutter Consortium Management Psychologist, D. Caruso Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 10 www.psqtconference.com
    • …is often the distinguishing factor between great and average performers.Harvard Business Review article titled “What Makes a Leader”, 1998 Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 11 www.psqtconference.com
    • The Role of the Leader • One of the most critical responsibilities as a leader is selecting the mangers in your organization. • The strength of your managerial staff will determine the fate of your organization. Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 12 www.psqtconference.com
    • The Role of the Leader About 35% of new managers and executives failed in their jobs within the first 18 months during 2004 Success in management and leadership is all about people and relationships.“Failing New Managers” by Don Blohowiak, August 2005 Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 13 www.psqtconference.com
    • The Role of the Leader • Letting new managers fail is demoralizing to them and your staff • It’s viewed as a strike against you • Interrupts your organizations productivity • The success of managers is not only important to the organization but to your career advancement as well Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 14 www.psqtconference.com
    • Additional reasons for Leadership Failure today?Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 15 www.psqtconference.com
    • Additional reasons for Leadership Failure today… Firing someone for nonperformance without proper support to succeed is as glaring an indictment of the manager as it is the employee. Both fail.“When Leaders Fail” by Bob Rue, 2002 Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 16 www.psqtconference.com
    • “Leaders are frequently “too busy” to pay much attention to the development of their most critical resource – their employees.”“When Leaders Fail” by Bob Rue, 2002 Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 17 www.psqtconference.com
    • Additional reasons for Leadership Failure today… • Leaders do not share their vision • Typically talk more than they listen • Hubris and Arrogance • Lack of inspiration • No open door policy • Personal Opinion influences decisions • Lack of trustNic Paton, October 2004 Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 18 www.psqtconference.com
    • How can leaders become more effective? Ask 6 difficult questions“Why Do Many Leaders Fail”, by Bob Rosner, May 2005 Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 19 www.psqtconference.com
    • How is that working for you? • One question that most of us don’t ask ourselves nearly enough • 360 Evaluations where employees can rate their boss • No reason NOT to know how you are doing as a leaderSolving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 20 www.psqtconference.com
    • Where are you vulnerable?11 “derailers” or behaviors that can undo a leader: 1. Arrogance 7. Mischievousness 2. Melodrama 8. Eccentricity 3. Volatility 9. Passive Resistance 4. Excessive Caution 10.Perfectionism 5. Habitual Disgust 11.Eagerness to Please 6. Aloofness Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 21 www.psqtconference.com
    • Do you analyze the adversity you are facing?• Learn from your mistakes• What patterns can you spot?• What behaviors got you into trouble before?• What did your critics say that ended up being right?Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 22 www.psqtconference.com
    • Do you listen to your customer?• Customers focus on getting more for less• Important to see every interaction as a focus group where you can learn something new Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 23 www.psqtconference.com
    • Do you have a mentor/confidant?• “Reverse Mentoring” – Bosses learn from young workers about what its like on the front lines to learn about the challenges they face• Point of view of a younger worker can differ from an older boss• Everyone can profit by being mentored by someone Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 24 www.psqtconference.com
    • Do you force yourself to change?• As we get older, we get set in our ways• The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depthSolving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 25 www.psqtconference.com
    • “Leaders who can show trust, respect and appreciation are more likely to keep employees and if they can achieve that much, performance levels are also likely to increase.”Mary Chapman, CMI Chief Executive, October 2004 Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 26 www.psqtconference.com
    • • Companies must develop and learn from best practices regarding leadership• Create organizational cultures that foster performance, pride and fun• Build solid relationships between employer and employee• Leaders need to be effective communicators Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 27 www.psqtconference.com
    • EDUCATIONAL RESOURCESThe World is FlatBy Thomas L. FriedmanWriting & Speaking at Work: A Practical Guide to BusinessCommunicationBy Edward BaileySay It With Presentations: How to Design and DeliverSuccessful Business PresentationsBy Gene ZelaznyFreakonomicsBy Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Daubner Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 28 www.psqtconference.com
    • EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES The following websites contain information for project managers including articles and tools. www.pmstudy.com www.gantthead.com www.projectsatwork.com www.pmboulevard.comSolving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 29 www.psqtconference.com
    • EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES The following published articles are available on SSI’s website – www.ssi-learn.comWinning the War on Retaining Brain PowerBy Tom MattusBy Tom MattusThe High Cost of Employee TurnoverBy Tom Mattus and Craig RuvereBy Tom Mattus and Craig RuvereHow to Attain Project Success with Project MeasurementBy Tom Mattus and Craig RuvereBy Tom Mattus and Craig Ruvere Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 30 www.psqtconference.com
    • For Project Management Professionals (PMP)… 1 PDU Credit is available for this presentation Simply visit: www.pmi.org/info/PDC_PMPCCR.asp Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 31 www.psqtconference.com
    • Questions?Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 32 www.psqtconference.com
    • For more information, contact Tom Mattus – tom.mattus@ssi-learn.com – 877-390-3057 Solving the Software Quality Puzzle Page 33 www.psqtconference.com