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Susanne Madsen
Susanne Madsen is an internationally recognised project leadership coach, trainer and consultant. She is the author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook and The Power of Project Leadership (Jan 2015).

Prior to setting up her own business, she worked for 17 years in the corporate sector leading large change programmes of up to $30 million for organisations such as Standard Bank, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase. She is a fully qualified Corporate and Executive coach and a member of the Association for Project Management (APM).

Susanne specialises in helping managers improve their leadership skills so that they can gain control of their projects and fast-track their career. She does this through a combination of training, coaching, mentoring and consulting.

How to Measure Success of Strategic Projects

In project management circles there is often disagreement about how to measure success of projects. Traditionally a project’s value is measured according to the triple constraints of time, cost and quality, also referred to as the Iron Triangle. These three dimensions form the cornerstone of most projects. Not only do we need to understand the trade-off between time, cost and quality when we plan the project, it’s also hard to ...

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How to Build Support for Strategic Change Projects

Strategic change projects that have been commissioned from the top of the organisation can have wide-ranging effects on the employees that are impacted by them. Imagine, for example, a decision to roll out a new CRM system across the company, or the decision to move the company’s headquarters to a cheaper location further away from the city centre. Whereas some employees may welcome the change, others will oppose it. The ...

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Overcoming Roadblocks to Innovation on Strategic Projects

When leading strategic projects we have to be careful not to fall into the trap of micromanaging the detail and executing projects in the same way as they’ve always been done. Instead we must strive for a new standard and deliver the outputs, outcomes and benefits of our projects in the most effective way. New methods, tools and technologies become available every day, and it’s our job as project managers ...

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How To Overcome The Four Most Common Roadblocks that Prevent You from Leading with Vision

The ability to identify, articulate and share a clear vision for the project is one of the key ingredients to project success. The reality however is that many projects aren’t strategically aligned. They are tactical and are lead by an execution-oriented project manager who may not feel that setting or communicating the vision is part of their responsibility. Let’s examine the most common roadblocks to leading with vision and how ...

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Project Managers Stepping Up: Bridging the Gap Between Strategy and Delivery

As a project leadership coach I often run workshops for project managers that touch upon the differences between the role of the project manager and the role of the sponsor. In the workshops we mostly agree that the project manager is responsible for leading the team on a day-to-day basis and for delivering the agreed scope and quality within the allocated time and cost constraints. We also agree that the ...

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Four Project Management and Leadership Pitfalls to Avoid when Starting Up a Project

From working on projects we know that an infinite amount of things can go wrong. The technical solution could be flawed, the user’s needs could change and team members who are instrumental to the project’s success might leave. But worst of all, proper project management and leadership might not be used. When project management isn’t employed properly, there will be no controls, no way to manage the risk and no ...

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Project Managers – Are You Making the Most of Your Brain?

As a project manager you are constantly challenged by your brain capacity – and due to the demanding environment you work in – you need as much of it as you can get. You continually swap between activities such as creating detailed plans, high-level road maps, designing presentations, communicating progress, visualising outcomes, memorising information, relating to team members and resolving conflict. To deal with all of that, you need to ...

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Create a Goal Map for your Project Management Career

As 2017 draws to a close and we embark on a new year it may be time for you to review how far you have come and where you are headed as a project manager. If you don’t take time out to consciously direct your career towards your desires you might drift and end up in a place where you don’t feel your talents are being fully appreciated or utilised. ...

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