–Jim Brosseau, author of Software Teamwork: Taking Ownership for Success
“A book rich with content, practical tools that can be easily adopted, and great examples that relate to the common workplace!”
–Lisa Shoop, software director at Sabre Holdings
“For those new to project management, Stand Back and Deliver offers the voice of experience. Its message is clear: Understand the value you must deliver, understand and manage the project’s complexity, trust in your people, and above all, have the courage to do the right thing.”
–Patrick Bailey, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, Calvin College
“With most business books I am happy if I learn one or two key things that I want to put to use. This book is full of such concepts and tools and provides enough detail and examples that I’m confident I’d not just want to use them but would be able to do so successfully.”
–Terri Pitcher, IT manager
“Today’s postmodern organizational environment requires a new approach, and this book will provide many insights to the reader. You will learn how to detach and stand back, and yet passionately engage and deliver.”
–Greg Githens, managing partner at Catalyst Management Consulting, LLC
From the Back Cover
Enhance Fundamental Value and Establish Competitive Advantage with Leadership Agility
Whether you're leading an organization, a team, or a project,Stand Back and Delivergives you the agile leadership tools you'll need to achieve breakthrough levels of performance. This book brings together immediately usable frameworks and step-by-step processes that help you focus all your efforts where they matter most: delivering business value and building competitive advantage.
You'll first discover how to use the authors' Purpose Alignment Model to make better up-front decisions about where to invest limited resources-and how to filter out activities that don't drive market leadership. Next, you'll learn how to collaborate in new ways that unleash your organization's full talents for innovation. The authors offer the Context Leadership Model for understanding the unique challenges of any project, and they help you tailor your leadership approach to address them. You'll find a full chapter on organizing information to promote more effective, value-driven decision-making. Finally, drawing on decades of experience working with great leaders, the authors focus on a critical issue you'll face over and over again: knowing when to step up and lead, and when to stand back and let your team produce results.
- Effectively evaluating, planning, and implementing large system projectsReducing resistance to process improvementsBringing greater agility to the way you manage products, portfolios, and projectsIdentifying the tasks that don't create enough value to be worth your timeDeveloping the forms of collaboration that are crucial to sustaining innovationMitigating project risks more effectively-especially those associated with complexity and uncertaintyRefocusing all decision-making on delivering value to the organization and the marketplaceMaking decisions at the right time to leverage the best information without stifling progress