The best way to keep people on their toes is to change the game plan as we move along.
While business clichÃ©s such as "synergy" and "breaking down silos" may be hackneyed and worn, there's still value to be found in the ideas behind them, according to a new book by author consultant Tom Kendrick. In "Results Without Authority: Controlling a Project When the Team Doesn't Report to You -- A Project Manager's Guide" (Amacom/available in January), Kendrick examines the ways in which once-isolated departments and teams can work together on projects, even when they're hired consultants or working in far-flung time zones. CIOs and other top managers are challenged to establish and maintain control, without pulling rank, Kendrick says. To help avoid problems before they arise, Kendrick reveals ten statements that portend trouble when spoken by outside-department project leaders. If you hear these, take charge and make the necessary changes quickly to avoid disaster. Kendrick is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and project/program management consultant for companies such as HP, Visa, DuPont and GE. For more about the book, click here.
It's also the best way to keep the troops confused, stalling forward momentum.
This article was originally published on 01-06-2012