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Best Practices for Staffing Project Leaders: Narrowing Initial Field

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This series will provide detailed coverage of each of the steps in the staffing process.

This post covers step three: Review/compare/select for follow-up.

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Presenting: New Leadership White Paper

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We are excited to announce the release of yet another white paper, this time on project leadership.  Leadership Is Taken, Not Given is the culmination of a series of content that got Project Assistants CEO, Gus Cicala, selected to be a contributing author to The Keys to Our Success, selected as the keynote speaker for ProjectSummit 2015, and that inspired two workshops on project leadership: one for project leaders and another for executives.

Now, the key elements of each of these books, talks, and programs have been condensed into a white paper, and we are providing it for free to our loyal blog followers.

Click here to receive your copy of Leadership Is Taken, Not Given: Defining Moments for Projects and Their Managers.

To see our white paper on the Enterprise PMO, click here.

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Best Practices for Staffing Project Leaders: Initial Search

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This series will provide detailed coverage of each of the steps in the staffing process.

This post covers step two: Initiate Search. (more…)

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Best Practices for Staffing Project Leaders: Setting Requirements

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In this series, we provide detailed coverage of each of the steps in the staffing process.

This post will cover Communicate process and define requirements.

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The Importance of Project Expertise for Staffing Project Managers

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Finding and Acquiring Excellent Project Leaders

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This post will cover how to find and acquire top leadership talent rather than candidates who are merely technically qualified.  While it takes a multi-tiered approach to adequately address project leadership needs, talent acquisition is the first and most crucial step.

Traditional staffing companies use a wholesale approach of providing a large pile of “good-enough” resumes.  While sifting through some basic functional, on-paper requirements is sufficient for lower-level, technical roles, project leadership positions require a deeper dig. Project success relies on applying these functional skills in real-life scenarios where difficult trade-offs need to be made, which requires a unique combination of leadership, negotiation, collaboration, keen judgment, strong interpersonal skills, and situational awareness. (more…)

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Getting Beyond PMPs and Staffing Excellent Project Leaders

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Traditional staffing firms are tried-and-true at placing professionals into technical roles, but a different approach is needed to place project managers. PMP certified skills are enough to make a candidate qualified on paper, but the soft skills and nuances that allows project managers to fit in an organization and excel as leaders require expertise beyond most staffing firms.

A multi-tiered approach is necessary to find, acquire, and adopt talent into an organization to ensure success. (more…)

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How to Do Project Management Staffing Right

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As the economy recovers, capital spend is returning to perform more projects, increasing the demand for qualified project resources.  Unfortunately, leadership for these new projects and programs cannot always come from within.  The organization may be unable to secure long-term funding for full-time employees and so have to seek out contract work, or the internal staff might simply not have the necessary skills or experience available for critical roles.

When seeking outside talent, a myriad of common challenges arise, including unrealistic timelines, unclear requirements, and process gaps between the organization and its staffing partner.  But far and away the biggest challenge when staffing project managers is an overemphasis on technical skills for a leadership position. (more…)

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A Project Leader Isn’t a Gallon of Milk: How a Commodity Approach to Staffing Costs Organizations Time, Money and Morale

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Far too many organizations treat staffing project leaders like they treat grocery shopping. So long as a staffing company is providing them with a bevy of resumes with competitive prices and a good return policy, many organizations are content to shop there.

The problem is that, unlike with a gallon of milk, quality varies when shopping for project managers, and choosing the wrong product costs an organization’s time, dollars, morale, and efficiency. The impact of a poor hire is multiplied when it occurs at such a crucial position as a project manager.

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View from the Top: How Harmony Solves Organizational Enigmas

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Project Assistants CEO Gus Cicala will write semi-monthly contributions for the blog that provide his view of what is going on in the world of project management and what it might mean for your organization.

Two of the most frequently quoted business aphorisms are seemingly at odds with each other. Steven Covey prioritizes strategy with his famous quote, “Begin with the end in mind.” But that seems to contradict the saying, “A mediocre strategy well executed is better than a great strategy poorly executed,” which has all-but been business’ battle cry of the century. So which is it? (more…)

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