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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 Project Managers Can Deal with Chronic Stress and Avoid Burnout

Almost all project managers have experienced stress on their projects. Some of the external triggers for stress could be a large number of stakeholders, an unreasonable client, a high degree of technical complexity, a challenging team or lack of clear expectations. There are a myriad of reasons why our adrenalin levels can spiral out of control and cause us to work long hours – not just for a few weeks ...

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How to be a Great Project Management Mentor

What is great mentoring? I often think about what each project manager can do to learn and grow and to eventually become the best project manager they can be. Formal education and being given the right opportunities play a large part. But mentoring has a part to play too. Imagine, for instance, how your career would have looked if you had had the greatest mentor from when you first started ...

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Sharpen your Project Management Saw in 2017

A new year is upon us. What better time to review how you can continue to develop as a project manager and sharpen your saw. A good place to start would be to look back at what happened last year. What went really well on your projects and what achievements are you proud of? It’s important that you take time to savor the sweet moments and pat yourself on the ...

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What is Inclusive Leadership?

I was recently introduced to the concept of inclusive leadership in a session I attended. I hadn’t come across this term before, but liked what I heard. In this post I’ll share with you what I learnt. Most of us probably know what inclusion means. It’s the action or state of being included or including others in groups and structures. Being a leader who is able to make people feel ...

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The Pros and Cons of the Hero Project Manager

Imagine a project that isn’t going too well due to unexpected complexities. It’s behind schedule, team morale is declining and the client is complaining about lack of progress. Communication between the project manager and client is getting increasingly tense and the level of trust is deteriorating. After a while it gets to a point where the relationship breaks down. The client asks for a new project manager to take over ...

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Mentoring and Coaching in Project Management

In this article two of TwentyEighty Strategy Execution’s bloggers get together to talk about coaching and mentoring – Lindsay Scott asks the questions and Susanne Madsen answers the questions. LS – We hear a lot about coaching and mentoring – sometimes the terms are interchangeable – but is there a real difference? What is the difference between mentoring and coaching? I’m pleased you ask that question as many people use ...

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4 Essential Habits To Becoming a More Emotionally Intelligent Leader

In a previous post – Getting Started with Emotional Intelligence in Project Management – about Emotional Intelligence (EI) we said that EI is being able to identify and understand your emotions and those of others. We also said that one of the first steps in building EI is to gain self-knowledge – for instance by asking for feedback about your behaviors and by keeping a daily journal. But what else ...

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Getting Started with Emotional Intelligence in Project Management

Why is Emotional Intelligence Important? Before we look at what Emotional Intelligence (EI) is, let’s first consider the reasons why it’s important. Several studies show that Emotional Intelligence is the single biggest predictor of personal and professional success. What this means is that people with high levels of EI outperform those with low levels of EI. In fact Emotional Intelligence is the strongest driver of leadership and explains 58% of ...

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