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EPM
Extraordinary Project Management
Empowerment
© Gold Heron Ltd 2020
Marion Thomas and Sarah Walton
www.extraordinarypm....
EPM
Where being Extraordinary has taken us
2
Printing
Publishing
Airlines
Telecomms
Financial sector
Manufacturing
AgChem ...
EPM
Introduction to the session
3
Our objectives are to:
➢ explore empowerment through the metaphor of dog walking*
➢ prom...
EPM
Empowerment in the project world
➢ Is empowerment different in the project world than
the ‘Business as Usual’ work pla...
EPM
Empowerment in the project world
➢ Do you feel empowered where you are working at
the moment?
© Gold Heron Ltd 2020 5
EPM
Empowerment in the project world
➢ Do you empower your teams?
© Gold Heron Ltd 2020 6
EPM
Why does this matter?
Empowerment → Fulfilment
Empowering leadership:
➢ Enhances creativity
➢ Increases performance
➢ ...
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Empowerment is a two-way process
Being empowered and empowering others is a team sport!
8© Gold Heron Ltd 2020
EPM
Empowerment is a two-way process
➢ be open to new ideas
➢ welcome & learn from mistakes
➢ see the whole person in one
...
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5 essentials for effective empowerment
➢ A collective team target
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5 essentials for effective empowerment
11
➢ A collective team target
➢ clear roles & responsibilities
© Gold Heron Ltd...
EPM
5 essentials for effective empowerment
© Gold Heron Ltd 2020 12
➢ A collective team target
➢ clear roles &
responsibil...
EPM
5 essentials for effective empowerment
13
➢ A collective team target
➢ clear roles & responsibilities
➢ clear boundari...
EPM
5 essentials for effective empowerment
© Gold Heron Ltd 2020 14
➢ A collective team target
➢ clear roles & responsibil...
EPM
But isn’t it better that I lead and control?
Projects can and do work
that way....
© Gold Heron Ltd 2020 15
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But isn’t it better that I lead and control?
Projects can and do work
that way....
.....but consider....
➢ the contain...
EPM
But isn’t it better that I lead and control?
Projects can and do work
that way....
.....but consider....
➢ the contain...
EPM
But isn’t it better that I lead and control?
Projects can and do work
that way....
.....but consider....
➢ the contain...
EPM
But isn’t it better that I lead and control?
Projects can and do work
that way....
.....but consider....
➢ the contain...
EPM
Managing the risk
What if empowerment leads to chaos?
© Gold Heron Ltd 2020 20
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Managing the risk
What if empowerment leads to chaos?
Go back to the 5 essentials and adapt
➢ target
➢ roles and respo...
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Now it’s your turn …..
In pairs
➢ Take turns to describe an empowerment issue you have
experienced – either where you ...
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Q & As
➢ Your thoughts and insights?
© Gold Heron Ltd 2020 23
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Key take-aways....
Empowerment in a project
➢ Takes two
the empowerer and the
empowered
➢ Dynamic
it needs balance and...
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Useful resources
Concepts for you to adapt and apply to Empowerment
25© Gold Heron Ltd 2020
➢ Start with Why - Simon S...
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Walking the Empowerment Tightrope, 3 April 2020

Walking the Empowerment Tightrope
Friday 3 April 2020

Presented by:
Sarah Walton and Marion Thomas, from Extraordinary Project Management,

The link to the write up page and resources of this webinar:
https://www.apm.org.uk/news/walking-the-empowerment-tightrope/

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Walking the Empowerment Tightrope, 3 April 2020

  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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