The Lazy Project Manager
'Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something’
Learn about the art of productive laziness with The Lazy Project Manager; understanding what is meant by the ‘productive lazy’ approach to Projects (and life) and learn how to apply these lessons ‘to be twice as productive and still leave the office early’.
The session will cover the definition of productive laziness, the science behind the theory (yes there really is some) and will share some personal learning experiences that led to the creation of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’. In addition, the audience will consider the three key project stages, one of which the ‘lazy’ project manager works very hard in and the second they should be in the comfortable position of enjoying the ‘comfy chair’ safe in the knowledge that the project is well under control and the final where often some critical work is missed.
Project Management: It’s all Bollocks!
Welcome to Project Management: It’s All Bollocks! where we will all pick over the sadly inadequate body of knowledge that is project management today, and generally challenge just about everything, eliminating that which you don't need to bother to learn about, or should already know, leaving you only with the parts that will give you the results you want.
The project management profession continues to grow and mature but is at risk of excluding those who don’t fit the mould. There is a mystique out there that only certificated project managers can be project managers. This is nonsense. The project management skill set is accessible to anyone, and how you choose to access it and put it to use should remain the decision of the individual. There shouldn’t be a right or wrong choice. This book is targeted at those ‘projects as usual project managers’ who will drive most of the change inside organisations tomorrow and beyond, and who really need help to do that.
Here we offer up a selection of seven cracking ideas, that when applied to a project environment will ultimately result in you being a good manager of projects in this modern world of business complexity.
Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming your Management and adapting to the VUCA Environment
Business agile is an approach that gives the right business flexibility and fast decision-making in a volatile environment, providing a great capacity for innovation, adaptation and change. Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organisations succeed in this transformation?
In this presentation, we will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralised and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.
By reducing processes, adjusting the governance and believing in “the power of the people” to deliver simple success in a time of complex demand, all will help any business leader guide their management team and change agents get productively business agile.
Lessons Learned from 10 years of ‘Lazy’ Project Management Travel
With ten years, 25 countries and over 350 presentations to my credit, I have experienced the good, the bad, and the damn right ugly of travel but, once the pain is a distant memory, there are some amazing lessons that can be learned.
From 40 minutes to board in Germany, to snow in London, from biscuits in Ireland, to coffee on the ceiling in the USA, and many more, this is a fun, amusing, 'thank god it never happened to me' roller coaster of a presentation with some real lessons on change delivery at the heart of each true story.
Buckle up and join me!
Leading Successful PMOs
‘How to build the best PMO for your business and keep it relevant to your business’
The presentation is about successfully leading a PMO (whatever you understand by those three letters) to deliver better projects, better business to the customers of those projects and to the organisation that you work for, and to best serve the contributing project managers from both a professional and a personal perspective.
The session will explore some of the research carried out by Peter Taylor for his book ‘Leading Successful PMOs’. The book brings together the experience and views of PMO leaders from around the world and the project managers that work within the PMOs, as well as those who are now seeking leaders for their PMOs.
The Lazy Winner
‘Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy’
Learn about the art of personal productive laziness with The Lazy Winner; Through the strength of saying ‘No’ and the skill of saying ‘Yes’ and understand how being ‘lazy’ can make you more successful?
Meet Nigel our hero and enjoy some of his educational sense of humour as well learning how he progresses on the path of enlightenment in all things ‘lazy’.
Escape your own limiting comfort zone with the influence of 5 and the relationship of 6 and gain insight in to how get past any roadblocks that life throws at you.
How many people know what you do?
Beyond your fellow project managers and outside of your close family, who really understands what ‘being a project manager’ is all about? Possibly even your close family wave you goodbye each day without really understanding what you actually do. But you are a 'Project Superstar' and I can prove it!
Taking project management out in the open will spread the word outside our own community about what a great bunch of people we are and how project management is a valuable skill to pretty much everybody. We should appreciate how we are seen from ‘outside’ our project world and understand which of our many skills others would value.
The Presentation on Presentations
We aren’t born to be professional level presenters but through this entertaining presentation the ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ of good presentations are explored along with a ‘how to prepare’ for that all-important event.
With a few simple lessons taught through the very medium of ‘presentation’ the audience will take away some great ideas for improving their own technique and ‘death by PowerPoint’ is definitely not the outcome.
How to get Fired at the C-Level
Why mismanaging change is the biggest risk of all
Leading executives, it seems, sometimes do too little about strategy implementation, do not apply the appropriate level of attention to such critical organisational change, and often relegate sponsorship and leadership to lower management; whilst they get on with their ‘day jobs’. This is further stressed but the fact that many organisations are facing rapidly changing and disruptive times, with an urgent need for each strategic decision to be based on fact and hope.
This presentation will explore this challenge, and since all challenges are really opportunities, will show ways to not only significantly reduce change failures but also how to dramatically raise the capability, speed, and success rates of delivering strategic change in any organisation.
Using Taylor’s ‘5-5-5-5 model’ – looking first at the five key elements that provide a successful change foundation inside any organisation before considering the five challenges that you can take on board to make a real difference.
Following this will come the five tests to assess whether you do need to take any specific actions, which in turn lead into the five steps that will bring you all the way round to build that successful change foundation - if it isn’t already in place.
The Project Manager Who Smiled
Project management is a serious business; but it is a serious business that can be a lot of fun too.
Now whilst there is, quite rightly, lots of talk about the serious side of the profession there is a lot less that addresses the more enjoyable aspects, and so I give you ‘The Project Manager Who Smiled’ .
A good laugh not only reduces tension and relieves stress, but also helps to increase team bonding and boost morale
When you’re happy, you are more productive, more creative, more open, more likeable and a better leader
Strategies for Project Sponsorship
It has been said that 'A project is one small step for the project sponsor, one giant leap for the project manager' - but wouldn't we all be that much happier if that 'giant leap' was supported by a really professional project sponsor?
Based on the research from the new book ‘Strategies for Project Sponsorship’ (Management Concepts Press) one of the books authors, Peter Taylor, explores the current challenges of project sponsorship maturity and will deliver some techniques for creating an effective partnership with today’s project sponsors, as well as looking to the future on what could be.
The Journey of Expectation Management
Based on the learning experiences from running a major PMO, developing a project methodology and being active in major sales initiatives this presentation explores the early project phases when the partnership of supplier and customer was often tested as both climbed the learning curve of understanding – as well as overcoming the wall of miss-appreciation that the ‘sales’ or pre-project process cheerfully built as high as possible.
Peter Taylor has dubbed this the ‘Journey of Expectation Management’.
Real Project Management
Organizations demand that the projects that they commission these days are successful in order to meet their increasingly aggressive strategic goals, and for this to be possible the project managers that lead these strategic projects need to be the very best that they can be. But what skills are demanded on the new generation of 21st Century Project Managers?
Join Peter Taylor in saying ‘goodbye’ to the ‘Accidental Project Manager’ and ‘hallo’ to the Real Project Managers of today.
Sexy Project Management
(50 Shades of Project Management that is anything but grey!)
At a recent major conference for project managers, after the opening keynote speech, the audience was invited to ask questions of the renowned ambassador for the project management profession. One question that somewhat took the speaker aback was ‘when will project management be sexy?’
A great question I felt and one that the speaker responded to reasonably well (eventually, after the initial shock…) but a question that has made me think about the concept of ‘sexy project management’ for some time since that particular event.
What do we mean, in this context, by ‘sexy’ project management?
Social Project Management
A project is a temporary endeavour where people come together to work towards a common goal and purpose; it is therefore a temporary endeavour that must rely on a social system of communication and collaboration in order to succeed.
Social project management is a non-traditional way of organising projects and managing project performance and progress aimed at delivering, at the enterprise level, a common goal for the business but harnessing the performance advantages of a collaborative community.
There is a paradigm shift ongoing in many organisations that is about finding a practical balance between the challenges to traditional project management made by Project Management 2.0 - which encouraged a move away from centralised control of projects and instead promoted the value of team collaboration – and the practical recognition that large scale projects do require a stronger form of centralised control and governance.
Peter is happy to develop a presentation specifically for your event, just contact him to discuss your requirements.
Presentations can be anything from 20 minutes through to 2 hours, or indeed full day workshops are also available. Customised presentations will incur a development fee.
An Audience with The Lazy Project Manager (2-hour session)
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Peter recently spoke at our Art of Projects Conference 2019 for 300 Project, Program and Portfolio Managers in Budapest, Hungary. Peter's energy, passion, endurance and connection with the audience was beyond impressive. His message was relatable and his humour kept the audience’s attention for the entire presentation. He was the perfect choice for a day-long learning conference for our PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter. From the moment he came into the room to the moment he left the conference his focus was on our attendees and his professionalism did not go unnoticed. Our attendees left his presentation energized and excited about his message and his performance. We have already received a tremendous amount of positive feedback on Peter's presentation. Peter Taylor (The Lazy Project Manager) hit it out of the park!
Laszlo J. Kremmer MBA, CLC, PMP : Vice President / Sr. Program Manager at Citi and PMI Chapter President / PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter
I hired Peter to speak at the Digital PM Summit 2019 in Orlando, and I'm so happy he did! I had read Peter's books and followed him on social media, so I knew he'd deliver a keynote that would be relevant to our audience. In fact, I chose for him to be out opening keynote for the conference, because his wit and energy would warm up the room. And it did just that--not just through a thoughtful presentation with numerous well-crafted points to enlighten and inspire project managers, but also through an audience sing-a-long. It was a great delivery, and Peter hung out at the conference for the day, which was great. Attendees loved that. I hope to hire Peter again in the future!
Brett Harned: Director Of Education at TeamGantt & Founder, Digital PM Summit
I had the pleasure of working alongside Peter at the PMI Hungary 'Art of Projects' Conference in Budapest, November 2019. Peter brought the audience to life with his humour and relevant story-telling - and this was during the after lunch slot! His insights were relevant and he kept the audience laughing, setting the tone for the afternoon of the event. He also added fun to the event overall by bringing a great spirit and humour behind the scenes and during event preparation. A joy to work with and very engaging to watch!
Adrienne Gibson: Keynote speaker, facilitator, coach and consultant specializing in leading change
Peter Taylor as keynote presenter in project management topics. Peter was a keynote speaker and workshop trainer twice at Portfolio Experience Conference in Warsaw, Poland, and always prepared tailored content to the event main topic. His speech always provide new inspirations, good content, and fun :) I hope to see Peter again in Warsaw!
Maciej Bodych, MBA, PMP, PfMP, ACP: PMO & Portfolio Consultant and Trainer at WHITECOM, Certification Governance Council at PMI Global
Peter delivered an engaging presentation on 'The Social Project Manager' for our company campaign round Collaboration. He shared interesting perspectives on the topic in a dynamic way, with clear supporting power point material and fun videos. I would highly recommend Peter's talks and professional approach. Many thanks!
Ann Cain: Employee Experience Professional at Colt Technology Services
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