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Investment-Centric Project Management by Steven Keays

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LEADERSHIP

A manager stands where he sits; the leader sits where he stands.

THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF PROJECT FAILURE

The Boss

The prominent cause of project failures is a failure of management. To paraphrase Ricky, in the classic movie Casablanca, all of the plans, strategies, and schemes can only amount to a hill of beans if your project manager (PM) can’t cut it. Bosses make or break a project. We therefore begin our journey with the exploration of the causes, effects, and consequences of good, bad, and ugly leadership upon a project. First, we remark that, in business literature, the words manager and leader are used interchangeably. One reads about great managers of great companies leading their organizations through difficult times and about ...

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