Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know That Everyone by Andy Crowe

By Andy Crowe

Debunking misconceptions surrounding profitable undertaking managers, this resource builds upon a landmark survey of greater than 800 undertaking managers from around the globe to spotlight the characteristics that lead them to stand out within the minds in their groups, senior managers, clients, and stakeholders.

Through in-depth interviews and discussions, the typical attributes of those elite undertaking managers—from personality and ideology to organizational approaches—are exposed and support to give an explanation for their achievements.

Painstakingly researched, this advisor deals key insights via offering a number of views at the personality make-up of the world’s such a lot profitable undertaking managers.

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But how does it affect the project manager’s ability to satisfy stakeholders? Can attitude have an impact on the work the project manager does? Can a project manager’s attitude influence his or her ability, real or perceived, to deliver results on a project? During in-depth interviews with the Alpha group and representative samples from the non-Alphas, 50 ALPHA PROJECT MANAGERS several distinct characteristics emerged in the area of the project manager’s attitude toward work. Alphas looked forward to work more often, and although they maintained similar stress levels while on the job, they were significantly less anxious about work when they were not on the job.

Nearly 100% of the 860 project managers came from a list of people who had received project management certification training. All of the Alphas had at least one project management certification, but that fact is misleading, since almost all of the other 842 nonAlphas did as well. The questions for the project managers were entirely different than those asked of the stakeholders. For the most part, the study was not interested in whether a project manager believed that he or she was an Alpha. Instead, it focused on their practices.

MEET THE ALPHAS Name: Dave Age: 56 Industry: Insurance Dave is a project manager based in the Midwestern United States, and he has worked with three different insurance companies over his 36-year career. He has been with his current organization for fourteen years and has worked as project manager for the last nine years. He holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science. “Insurance is all about risk, but the insurance industry is famous for having a very low tolerance for risk. I started my career in insurance being low risk as well, but I’ve since found that there is simply no substitute for failure.

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