The Bump in the Road (5 of 5)

December 12, 2009

Where to Go From Here?

I realize that most of us will never face the challenges confronted by Gene Kranz, NASA Flight Director, on Apollo 13, but the mental exercise is worth doing.  If you haven’t seen the movie, or have seen it and view it as entrainment at the time, I suggest renting it and putting yourself in Gene’s shoes while watching.  You can put yourself through an endless stream of questions:

  • Would I have Gene’s mental toughness?
  • Would I be prepared to ratchet-up my leadership skills and rally the troops?
  • Do I have the knowledge in problem solving and decision making necessary?
  • How can I improve my day-to-day leadership, now I’ve seen one of the best project leaders in action?
  • Etc., etc. ….

Remember it is a journey of a thousand steps and it starts with just one.

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The Bump in the Road (4 of 5)

December 5, 2009

Rallying the Team from a Bump in the Night

For the rare situation where the project plan comes to an abrupt, premature end or dead stop, it is your time to show everyone what real leadership is.  At this point the whole team, and more, are looking for someone to rally them and provide direction on how to proceed.  Let’s not confuse direction with providing detail instructions on what to do (micro-management).  What’s needed is leadership and a process for the path forward – everybody following and moving in the same direction. But wait, there’s more