This book helps executive leaders get to grips with what it means to be an effective project sponsor.Over the author's long career as a project management professional, executive coach and board director, she has worked with many experienced leaders who have been thrown into the role of a project sponsor. Many don't know where to start or who to ask for help.This book will help you understand the fundamental skills and expected behaviours of an effective project sponsor, and the positive impact this can have on the team and the project outcomes.It is filled with examples, stories and practical action steps to help the reader build their courageous sponsor skills.Selected contents:The basics - Understand the basic project terminology and what it means to be a sponsorSponsor personas - understand the different types of sponsor behaviour
Know when to ask for help
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Build your team
Focus on action
Give and receive courageous feedback
Develop project roadmaps
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Take your game to the next level
The road ahead - continuous improvement
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