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Project Leadership: The Power of Empowerment,

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Sarah Walton and Marion Thomas, from Extraordinary Project Management, took a fun look at project leadership and empowerment, using a dog walking analogy and a lot of audience participation on 5th March 2020 in Bristol

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Project Leadership: The Power of Empowerment,

  1. 1. EPM Extraordinary Project Management Empowerment © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 Marion Thomas and Sarah Walton www.extraordinarypm.com
  2. 2. EPM Where being Extraordinary has taken us 2 Printing Publishing Airlines Telecomms Financial sector Manufacturing AgChem / Pharma Public Sector We can (and have) brought our expertise to: ➢ Any industry sector ➢ Any type of project ➢ Any business imperative for a project ➢ Any function within business This is just a selection of our clients – there are many more © Gold Heron Ltd 2020
  3. 3. EPM Introduction to the session 3 Our objectives are to: ➢ explore empowerment through the metaphor of dog walking* ➢ prompt some ideas and thoughts ➢ have some fun to fuel our fulfilment We will ➢ ask some questions ➢ throw some ideas and perspectives out there ➢ share some stories ➢ invite some discussion *without offending anyone hopefully!! © Gold Heron Ltd 2020
  4. 4. EPM Empowerment in the project world ➢ Is empowerment different in the project world than the ‘Business as Usual’ work place? 4© Gold Heron Ltd 2020
  5. 5. EPM Empowerment in the project world ➢ Do you feel empowered where you are working at the moment? © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 5
  6. 6. EPM Empowerment in the project world ➢ Do you empower your teams? © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 6
  7. 7. EPM Why does this matter? Empowerment → Fulfilment Empowering leadership: ➢ Enhances creativity ➢ Increases performance ➢ Grows confidence ➢ Develops mutual trust ➢ Fosters commitment ➢ Builds fulfilment 7© Gold Heron Ltd 2020
  8. 8. EPM Empowerment is a two-way process Being empowered and empowering others is a team sport! 8© Gold Heron Ltd 2020
  9. 9. EPM Empowerment is a two-way process ➢ be open to new ideas ➢ welcome & learn from mistakes ➢ see the whole person in one another ➢ value contributions ➢ be positive, supportive and encouraging ➢ ensure clear boundaries and authorisation ➢ foster excellent communication 9 Being empowered and empowering others is a team sport! © Gold Heron Ltd 2020
  10. 10. EPM 5 essentials for effective empowerment ➢ A collective team target © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 10
  11. 11. EPM 5 essentials for effective empowerment 11 ➢ A collective team target ➢ clear roles & responsibilities © Gold Heron Ltd 2020
  12. 12. EPM 5 essentials for effective empowerment © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 12 ➢ A collective team target ➢ clear roles & responsibilities ➢ clear boundaries
  13. 13. EPM 5 essentials for effective empowerment 13 ➢ A collective team target ➢ clear roles & responsibilities ➢ clear boundaries ➢ learn – review & adapt © Gold Heron Ltd 2020
  14. 14. EPM 5 essentials for effective empowerment © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 14 ➢ A collective team target ➢ clear roles & responsibilities ➢ clear boundaries ➢ learn – review & adapt ➢ encourage judgement to be used – stop and think!!
  15. 15. EPM But isn’t it better that I lead and control? Projects can and do work that way.... © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 15
  16. 16. EPM But isn’t it better that I lead and control? Projects can and do work that way.... .....but consider.... ➢ the container and context the project is working in © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 16
  17. 17. EPM But isn’t it better that I lead and control? Projects can and do work that way.... .....but consider.... ➢ the container and context the project is working in ➢ your needs and those of your team © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 17
  18. 18. EPM But isn’t it better that I lead and control? Projects can and do work that way.... .....but consider.... ➢ the container and context the project is working in ➢ your needs and those of your team © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 18
  19. 19. EPM But isn’t it better that I lead and control? Projects can and do work that way.... .....but consider.... ➢ the container and context the project is working in ➢ your needs and those of your team ➢ the needs of your sponsor and stakeholder © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 19
  20. 20. EPM Managing the risk What if empowerment leads to chaos? © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 20
  21. 21. EPM Managing the risk What if empowerment leads to chaos? Go back to the 5 essentials and adapt ➢ target ➢ roles and responsibilities ➢ boundaries ➢ review and adapt ➢ judgement © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 21
  22. 22. EPM Now it’s your turn ….. In pairs ➢ Take turns to describe an empowerment issue you have experienced – either where you want to be more empowered as part of a team or where you have tried to empower your team ➢ Listen to the other person’s story and come up with a metaphor for the situation ➢ Review if the metaphor resonates and could be useful to manage a similar situation © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 22
  23. 23. EPM Q & As ➢ Your thoughts and insights? © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 23
  24. 24. EPM Key take-aways.... Empowerment in a project ➢ Takes two the empowerer and the empowered ➢ Dynamic it needs balance and adjustment ➢ Sits within a container the project controls and the business governance © Gold Heron Ltd 2020 24
  25. 25. EPM Useful resources Concepts for you to adapt and apply to Empowerment 25© Gold Heron Ltd 2020 ➢ Start with Why - Simon Sinek book or watch his TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4ZoJKF_VuA ➢ Tribes – We need you to lead us by Seth Godin or watch his TED talk The tribes we lead (18 mins) https://www.ted.com/talks/seth_godin_on_the_tribes_we_lead ➢ Leadership Lessons from Dancing (2.57 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ ➢ YouTube – fight Mediocrity is a great channel for business books in 15 minutes ➢ Our website - https://www.extraordinarypm.com

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