It is the presence or absence of effective project leadership rather than technical skills that most often leads to project success or failure.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) June 12, 2011
Smith Culp Consulting has been selected by Engineers Without Borders-USA to conduct an innovative series of four open webinars on project leadership. Engineers Without Borders-USA’s goal is to support development of emerging engineering leaders who are making a difference in communities around the world. The monthly webinars begin on July 14 and are open to all. On-demand recordings of the series will also be available. The webinars focus on the people aspects of project leadership as an important supplement to other project management courses that emphasize the mechanics and technical side of project management such as using project scheduling software, creating contract documents, etc. Although such mechanics are important, research shows that it is the presence or absence of effective project leadership that most often leads to project success or failure. When project teams are led rather than managed the team’s energy is released so that the team is more productive, passionate and enthusiastic about the project.
The four-part series of webinars shows how to combine technical skills with effective leadership skills to consistently lead project teams to success. The presenters, Anne Smith and Gordon Culp, combine their training and experience in both engineering and applied psychology to relate how different working styles based on Myers-Briggs personality types come into play at every stage of a project. The series is partly based on their book "The Lead Dog Has the Best View: Leading Your Project Team to Success" published by American Society of Civil Engineering Press. The webinars include short video animations created by Smith Culp Consulting that show different working styles in action in typical project situations.
The first webinar discusses the characteristics of effective leaders and how understanding personality styles plays a key role in leadership effectiveness. Subsequent sessions show how to apply an understanding of these people aspects to project communication, project planning, delegation, coaching, project monitoring and project close-out.
Smith Culp Consulting is a management and engineering consulting firm based in Las Vegas, NV that provides training, facilitation and project engineering to a diverse mix of clients throughout the United States. For more information on their services, visit http://www.smithculp.com.
For more information on the webinar series and for registration information, contact Smith Culp Consulting at 702-360-1120.
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