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Gerald J. Leonard PfMP, PMP MCTS  COBIT & ITIL, helps organizations "Develop a Culture That Works." He works with organizations and individuals to deliver the Right Projects the Right Way, and improve their Performance and Profits. He helps them to Grow their People to deliver a better Customer Experience and Results.

He can help you:

  • Enhance project portfolio management capabilities resulting in increased project throughput and speed to market.
  • Increase effectiveness and efficiency through streamlining your portfolio management processes resulting in a reduction in operational cost.
  • Improve visibility in managing critical constrained resource utilization and availability across your project portfolio environment resulting in an optimized portfolio that creates velocity in your business.
  • Provide answers to critical portfolio questions through better portfolio prioritization resulting in better decision making while enhancing senior executive consensus and alignment.  

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What People Are Saying:

"In his presentation, he demonstrated a deep knowledge of portfolio management and responded with confidence to attendee questions."

Lance Holland, PMP, Enterprise Project Manager for ICS Nett, Inc

"His preparation and speaking skills were "top notch" and very well-received by attendees."

Keith Rosenbaum, Alliance Programs Administrator at Project Management Institute

"Gerald presented a professional assessment that directly addressed the issues we are facing and provided a road map which included quick win solutions that we could act on immediately."

Ibrahim El-Araby,PMP,PMOC,CSSBB Project Manager at EBA Engineering

"He approached this challenge with skill and dexterity, delivering a world class capability providing insights and intelligence into the project portfolio."

Stephen Ray, Chief Technology Officer at Cobb Systems Group

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PofE080: Everything I Learned Playing in an Orchestra

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For as long as I can remember, I have been a musician.  I have played the bass, both upright and electric, throughout my youth and into adulthood. During these many years as a professional and classically trained musician, I learned more than just playing notes. I learned systems and how they work together.

Consider an orchestra for a minute. You can break them into four sections:

  1. Strings
  2. Winds
  3. Brass
  4. Percussion

These are all led by a conductor. Within each of these sections, there are smaller sections.

Strings - Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, and Bass (my favorite).

Winds - Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon.

Brass - Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, and Tuba.

Percussion - Timpani, Snare, Marimba, etc., (there are many different instruments in this section).

Within these sections, you can break them down into even smaller categories:

Strings- Inner player and outer player (players share a stand and can read two different parts from the same sheet of music).

Winds- Flute (Piccolo, Alto, Bass Flutes), Oboe (English Horn), Bassoon (Contra), and Clarinet (there are many sizes of clarinet, all the way to Contra Bass).

Brass- Trumpets (Piccolo, and other sizes), Trombone (Bass), and Tuba (Euphonium).

Percussion- Like I said earlier percussionists must be the master of all types of instruments- the one rule is they must be struck. Did you know that a piano is considered a percussion instrument?

In each section there is a hierarchy- usually, the first chair runs the section, and they usually have the second chair as a partner. If there were a president of an orchestra, it would be the concertmaster- or first chair violin. The conductor can be thought of as the CEO.

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PofE 079: Les Brown’s Inspirational Quotes for Motivating Your Team

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Background

Leslie Calvin Brown, who was given the nickname “Les” as a child, was born on February 17, 1946. He and his twin brother, Wesley, were adopted by Mamie Brown, a 38-year old single woman who was a cafeteria attendant and domestic assistant. Les’ mother had very little education, but encouraged learning in her sons. When talking about his background, one of the inspirational quotes used by Les is that “we are all born with a certain degree of power. The key to success is discovering this innate power and using it daily to deal with whatever challenges come your way.” Les also says that “just because Fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up. It means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.”

Challenges

He and his brother, Wesley, were born in an abandoned building in a low-income section of Miami, Florida.

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PofE 078: Malcolm Gladwell – The Tipping Point of Thought Leadership

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Background

Malcolm Gladwell was born in Fareham, Hampshire, England on September 3, 1963. When he was six, his parents moved the family to Elmira, Ontario, Canada. His interest in reading and libraries began when his father, Graham, a mathematics professor, took him to his office at the University of Waterloo where he taught, allowing Malcolm to wander the university. Malcolm was a middle-distance runner in high school, winning the 1,500 meter title at the Ontario High School Championships in Kingston, Ontario. He interned at the National Journalism Center in Washington, DC in 1982.

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PofE 077: Thomas Edison's Innovation and Invention Process

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"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." Thomas Edison

Background:

Thomas Edison became an inventor and innovator who presented several breakthroughs that made a profound impact on the lives of those during his time and shaped the development of the standard of living for those today. As a boy, he would often travel back and forth between Detroit and Port Huron. He would bring fresh produce to Detroit consumers while returning to Port Huron with the most recent Detroit newspapers. He eventually hired others his age to expand his business. He understood from an early age the importance of recognizing the needs of consumers and setting out to create products to satisfy those needs.

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PofE 076: Wally Famous Amos Innovator of the Chocolate Chip Cookie

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"Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important. It's the only insurance against irrelevance. It's the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It's the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy." Gary Hamel

Background

  • The Founder of Famous Amos Cookies, Wally Amos was born Wallace Amos Jr. on July 1, 1936, in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • He began on the path to becoming an American entrepreneur when his Aunt Delia baked homemade taught him how to bake her recipe for chocolate chip and pecan cookies.
  • His love of cooking led him to enroll in the Food Trades Vocational High School and he studied culinary arts for two years.

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PofE 075: PwC's 2014 Project Portfolio Management Trends and Insights

TrendsThree years ago I published a post on Project Portfolio Management Maturity and the PwC's 2012 global project management report which includes key survey results on Portfolio Management insights collected from over 1500 IT leaders in 38 countries. In 2014 PwC published another report and I've provided my thoughts and insights from reviewing the report and I've provided a list of lessons learned or take aways I've gleaned.

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PofE 074: John Maxwell, The Thought Leader of Leadership

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The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

- Kenneth Hartley Blanchard Tweet: The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. 
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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized expert on the principles of leadership. The founder of EQUIP, the John Maxwell Company and the author of numerous books that have sold more than 19 million copies. John has spoken to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders and provided leadership training to the National Football League, the United Nations and the Military Academy at West Point.

 

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PofE 073: Portfolio Management Categorization, Optimization and Re-calibration

Project Portfolio Management is one of the key activities that an organization can perform to consistently deliver business value to its stakeholders. According to Gartner, IT spending is on pace to grow by $3.8 Trillion globally in 2015 which is a 2.4 % increase from 2014. Despite this slow growth outlook, IT organizations can utilize the core competencies of Project Portfolio Management to drive greater value creation through the process of categorization, optimization and recalibration of their IT investment assets. This presentation will discuss the challenges of creating business value through the vehicle of project portfolio management by providing insight into:

  • A better understanding of value creation through project execution.
  • Aligning project selection and resource optimization with business needs.
  • Mapping project investment to organizational priorities.

 


PofE 072: 7 Principles For Developing A Culture That Works!

Great organizational culture accounts for a 20 to 30% performance improve according to Harvard Professor Emeritus James L. Heskett. Tweet: Great organizational culture accounts for a 20 to 30% performance improve according to Harvard Professor Heskett.  http://ctt.ec/Z5b0o+ #PMOT #CIO Leaders must implement the principles of great culture development to create a truly high performing organization. These are the same principles required to implement a world-class portfolio management capability for your chapters. This presentation reveals the 7 principles that successful organizations implement to develop a culture that works.


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PofE 071: 3 Ways To Improve Organizational Productivity With Portfolio Management

Productivity gains are key to the bottom line profits of your department and organization because they allow you to accomplish more with less. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the 3 vital elements that can help you and your organization increase its productivity gains by:

  • Cascading Activity Alignment
  • Optimizing Resource Utilization
  • Increasing throughput and value creation

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PofE 070: Making The Most of Your Constrained Resources

Achieving and maintaining an optimized resource allocation process is difficult and is a highly diffused process. During this webinar recording I will discuss ways to address this issue and review the following how to items:  

  • Create a pull resource planning process 
  • Develop a systematic capacity process 
  • Implemented a principles resource center decision framework
  • Practical Steps you can take to address this problem

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PofE 069: Dr. Willie Jolley, An Attitude of Excellence

Premise:

The premise of “An Attitude of Excellence”, written by Dr. Willie Jolley is that excellence is the hallmark or touchstone for all high-performing organizations. Dr. Willie Jolley has delivered the content of this book to organizations such as Verizon Communication, Dell, Marriott, Walmart, and most notably Ford Motor Company. This book provides a new framework that he has developed to help organizations achieve two main objectives:

1)     To enable organizations to create a culture of excellence

2)     For individuals to have a personal framework for doing their best personally and professionally.

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PofE 068: How to Improve Your Organization's PPM Maturity Level

The essence of an IT strategic plan is to align the IT department with the organization’s strategic intent, vision and business objectives in concert with the senior executive team. The goal is to develop a road map of initiatives and activities that will enable the organization to achieve the vision, and optimize the IT resource capability to deliver on the promised benefits and outcomes needed to accomplish the firm’s mission. The purpose of this webinar is to review the maturity levels of an organization’s Project Portfolio Management practice that will help the firm accomplish this mission.


PofE 067: Book Review - Time Tactics of Very Successful People

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Premise:

The premise of “Time Tactics of Very Successful People”, is that we all have 24 hours in a day and that successful people and unsuccessful people all receive the same amount of time every day. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is how they utilize the 24 hours a day they have been given in a way that produces results and creates value. Time management is a skill that you must master to be successful, however no one can actually manage time because time will march on whether we focus on it or not. What we can manage is our activities in a discipline and consistent manner that over time will deliver the outputs and outcomes we desire and enable you to accomplish more in a week than most people accomplish all year.

What I learned:

  • Spend time every day organizing your to do list. Once you have a complete list you want to ABC your priorities and determine the most critical tasks to complete that day. This becomes your A1 task. Brian Tracy refers to this activity is eating the ugliest frog first in his best-selling book, “Eat That Frog”.

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PofE 066: PPM Tips and Techniques

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Research has shown that top performing organizations that practice project portfolio management (PPM) and IT Governance have a 40% greater return on IT investments than their competitors. During this presentation the speaker will cover tips and techniques such as: 

  • How to develop a shared vision
  • Portfolio optimization practices that work 
  • How to categorize your PPM inventory 
  • Understanding the difference between portfolio, program and project management
  • How risk management impacts your PPM environment 
  • What top 3 soft skills must PPM managers develop 
  • PPM Governance - What framework are you using? 

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