Interesting book by by Michael J. Mauboussin on how to recognize and avoid common mistakes when making decisions. Review coming soon…
I just got back from attending the North America PMI Global Congress in Denver, CO. It was a great conference!! This was my first time to spend any time in Denver, and the city was really nice. And the conference itself was very informative and fun.
General Colin Powell was the Keynote speaker that started off the conference on Sunday. I was very impressed with his speech. Believe it or not, General Powell was very funny and gave a captivating speech about his experiences in the armed services, as secretary of state, and in project management. It was really interesting to hear some of the stories he had about meeting with foreign leaders all across the world — especially the Russians.
General Powell started the speech by talking about what a busy day he had had — which brought laughter throughout the theatre! As you know, he was on the national TV program “Meet The Press” to announce that he is support Barrack Obama for President. Very surprising considering the he has been a Republican for years and served under President Bush. But I am glad to see him stand behind Obama in such a public way.
I think the most important message that General Powell instilled during his speech is the importance of innovation. Of how great leaders find new ways of doing things — to look at a difficult situation as an opportunity to innovate.
A great quote from General Powell: “At the end of the day you have to convince a bunch of followers to do what you want them to do—and [convince them] that they want to do it.” Exactly the challenge of project management.
The next few days of the conference included lots of seminars — some were really great — and some were quite boring. I really enjoyed the “The Remarkably Ordinary Leader” and one on agile project management. Several were really great. I learned a lot.
Denver’s downtown 16th street was awesome — lots of restaurants and stores. I got to visit Hard Rock Cafe Denver, Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant, the Cherry Creek mall in Denver, a comedy show, and lots of other stuff.
Looking forward to going again another year! I’ve got lots of books and project management material to study for the rest of the year