April 11, 2018 April 11, 2018/ John McIntyre

Are you a manager or a leader? It’s a question that social media seems to be obsessed with. The images and quotes below are a small selection of those that come up with a quick Google search. We see clearly that Managers are old-school and an overhead, whereas Leaders are the best thing since sliced bread.

With this internet wisdom in mind, it seems almost incomprehensible that organizations would continue to hire Managers, rather than Leaders. Yet a cursory bit of research shows that this is exactly what they are doing:

It wasn’t that long ago that the only training available to PMO professionals was Project Management training. And whilst PMP® and PRINCE 2® (for the UK) may be useful to PMO people from a compliance and delivery process perspective, they do not cover the processes and competencies that are required in the PMO space.

In the PMI’s Pulse of the Profession report for 2018, it was pleasing to see the role of PMOs being recognized. The report notes that “Organizations continue to empower the PMO to shift the focus from an administrative function to one that manages value delivery by…

This is not a map

Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

This is not a map. This is in fact, a six different maps of Scotland, superimposed on each other. It was compiled by John Cowley in 1734 to demonstrate the variance between the maps available at the time, caused by clock and chronometers used by mapmakers speeding up and slowing down, by inaccurate measuring devices and by human error.

These variances are not enough to make Scotland unrecognizable. Indeed, any one of these six maps would make a great centerpiece on the wall in your study. But during the Jacobite Rebellion, the deficiencies of available maps caused huge frustration for…

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