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"Why Leaders Fail"

Tom Mattus

President and co-founder of Successful Strategies International, Inc.,

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About the Presentation - Why Leaders Fail

Project  failure is a familiar topic to all of us. 

We've all seen it; most of us have experienced it first hand. It doesn't take too long for a new project manager to find out why projects fail. The number one cause of project failure is, of course,failure to clearly define the project's objectives. Scope, statement of work, work breakdown structure; these are essential to project success. 

But, is it perhaps that the subject is so close and personal? We don't hear much about what causes project leaders to fail.  In this presentation Tom will share with us the results of a survey of IT personnel asked to identify the characteristic failures of the worst manager they ever worked for.

Results, in order:

  • Poor interpersonal skills

  • Self centeredness

  • Failure to acknowledge problems

  • Untrustworthiness

  • Weak management skills

It's no surprise that interpersonal skills topped the list. Interpersonal skills are part of a larger category Tom labels them "emotional intelligence." This is often the distinguishing characteristic between good leaders and great ones. It's particularly important when working with a new leader; 35 percent fail in their first 18 months. Tom  also puts forward six questions that a leader should ask himself to become more effective:

  1. How is that working for you? Have you asked your employees to rate you as a boss or project manager? Get their feedback and listen to it, don't defend yourself against it.

  2. Where are you vulnerable? Are there specific behaviors that derail your good performance?

  3. Do you analyze the adversity you are facing? (Learn from your mistakes.)

  4. Do you listen to your customers, including those within your own corporation?

  5. Do you have a mentor/confidant? Everyone, no matter how experienced, can use this.

  6. Do you force yourself to change?

In this presentation you will need to asses yourself and think about your derailers as you lead projects.

About the Speaker:

Tom Mattus is the President and Co-founder of Successful Strategies International, Inc. (SSI). SSI has been for several years a successful training, leadership and mentoring organization that specializes in hands-on Application Project Management and Leadership Development. Tom brings to SSI over 25 years of professional experience in training and business management and development. Prior to forming SSI, Tom was involved with the startup of several training organizations. Tom also was a senior manager at American Express and at Travelers Corporation. Tom brings to SSI over 25 years of professional experience in training and business management and development.

As a corporate officer of SSI and previously at PCI Global Inc., Tom has worked with such Fortune 1000 companies as Johnson & Johnson Worldwide, Wyeth International, CitiCard, Marriott International, Sony, Standard Chartered Bank, Olympus, Cablevision, Pearson and many others to help resolve their project management and leadership needs, thus improving quality and performance. As an instructor, Tom has facilitated courses on such topics as Project Management, Supervisory and Sales Management.

Tom is one of the original members of the Long Island, New York PMI® Chapter, speaking at several PMI® meetings as well as the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Tom has also been featured in PMI® Magazine and most recently was published on Projects@Work and Project Magazine.

Tom is a dynamic speaker and has participated at several PMI conferences and events throughout North America. He has also been a presenter at ASTD national conventions and chapters, Corporate University 2004 and the OD Network.

Tom received his BS from Widener University in Chester, PA, and his MBA from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

"Why Leaders Fail"

featuring

Tom Mattus

President and co-founder of Successful Strategies International, Inc.,

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June 17th, 2008

Individual Registration / Corporate Tables

About the Presentation - Why Leaders Fail

Project  failure is a familiar topic to all of us. 

We've all seen it; most of us have experienced it first hand. It doesn't take too long for a new project manager to find out why projects fail. The number one cause of project failure is, of course,failure to clearly define the project's objectives. Scope, statement of work, work breakdown structure; these are essential to project success. 

But, is it perhaps that the subject is so close and personal? We don't hear much about what causes project leaders to fail.  In this presentation Tom will share with us the results of a survey of IT personnel asked to identify the characteristic failures of the worst manager they ever worked for.

Results, in order:

  • Poor interpersonal skills

  • Self centeredness

  • Failure to acknowledge problems

  • Untrustworthiness

  • Weak management skills

It's no surprise that interpersonal skills topped the list. Interpersonal skills are part of a larger category Tom labels them "emotional intelligence." This is often the distinguishing characteristic between good leaders and great ones. It's particularly important when working with a new leader; 35 percent fail in their first 18 months. Tom  also puts forward six questions that a leader should ask himself to become more effective:

  1. How is that working for you? Have you asked your employees to rate you as a boss or project manager? Get their feedback and listen to it, don't defend yourself against it.

  2. Where are you vulnerable? Are there specific behaviors that derail your good performance?

  3. Do you analyze the adversity you are facing? (Learn from your mistakes.)

  4. Do you listen to your customers, including those within your own corporation?

  5. Do you have a mentor/confidant? Everyone, no matter how experienced, can use this.

  6. Do you force yourself to change?

In this presentation you will need to asses yourself and think about your derailers as you lead projects.

About the Speaker:

Tom Mattus is the President and Co-founder of Successful Strategies International, Inc. (SSI). SSI has been for several years a successful training, leadership and mentoring organization that specializes in hands-on Application Project Management and Leadership Development. Tom brings to SSI over 25 years of professional experience in training and business management and development. Prior to forming SSI, Tom was involved with the startup of several training organizations. Tom also was a senior manager at American Express and at Travelers Corporation. Tom brings to SSI over 25 years of professional experience in training and business management and development.

As a corporate officer of SSI and previously at PCI Global Inc., Tom has worked with such Fortune 1000 companies as Johnson & Johnson Worldwide, Wyeth International, CitiCard, Marriott International, Sony, Standard Chartered Bank, Olympus, Cablevision, Pearson and many others to help resolve their project management and leadership needs, thus improving quality and performance. As an instructor, Tom has facilitated courses on such topics as Project Management, Supervisory and Sales Management.

Tom is one of the original members of the Long Island, New York PMI® Chapter, speaking at several PMI® meetings as well as the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Tom has also been featured in PMI® Magazine and most recently was published on Projects@Work and Project Magazine.

Tom is a dynamic speaker and has participated at several PMI conferences and events throughout North America. He has also been a presenter at ASTD national conventions and chapters, Corporate University 2004 and the OD Network.

Tom received his BS from Widener University in Chester, PA, and his MBA from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

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