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Project Manager : Project Manager Aug Sept 2013
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 37 Leadership style So if we are supporting the sponsors in their project leadership responsibilities, let's also have a think about what the sponsor's leadership style is. Sponsors are often part-time on the project; they have a day job, and often a very busy one. While the project is totally important for the PM, it might only be 10 per cent or less of the sponsor's time and headspace. e PMO can work to ensure this di erence doesn't become a source of con ict between them by maximising the value of the sponsor's time on the project and that share of mind. Be e cient, and always pitch to the sponsor's style. is means carefully considering: • What sorts of infor mation do they most like: visual, numbers or text? • How do they interact with people: formal meetings, quick cor ridor chats, gossip? • How do they prefer to communicate: face-to- face, via email, te xting, w ritten documents? • How do they use communication technology? Are they an iPad fanatic, do they refuse to use email, are they always on the phone? • What is their personality? Are they aggressive, funny or quirky? Do they have a brain the size of a planet or e xpect you to lay down over the puddle so they can walk over you? • W hat is their work style: chaotic, crisis, steely linear focus, avoidance? • How does the sponsor r un meetings? Like a project board, casually, always late or very for mal? Do they tend to hand over to you, go into excruciating detail or deliberately pick ghts with the PM or other board members? So, be prepared. Know who is doing what, who is leading what, and what your sponsor's style is. en you are far more likely to have a successful project and relationship between your sponsor and PM, rather than picking up the pieces after a quick divorce. ••• GET INVOLVED If you would like to debate or discuss topics relevant to PMOs with your peers and industry leaders, join the AIPM PMO SIG, connect with the SIG LinkedIn Group of contact your local PMO SIG Chair. LinkedIn Group W: www.linkedin.com/ groups?gid=4683493 National and Victorian PMO SIG Chair Gary Yorke: email@example.com NT PMO SIG Chair Mark Dodt: firstname.lastname@example.org ACT PMO SIG Chair Matt Overton: email@example.com SA PMO SIG Chair Tony Wood: firstname.lastname@example.org NSW PMO SIG Chair Mike Kano: email@example.com
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