"When teaching a dog to fetch, don't throw the ball too far on the first try."
Brian Schroeder

Project leadership is the ability to guide a team in such a way that each member of the team feels the project leader is the best person to help them achieve their individual objectives. Because today’s project teams are composed of highly skilled professionals and lead by individuals with limited formal authority, leadership skills are often the difference between a project’s success and its failure.

Description of Presentation:
Project management, like poker, takes a minute to learn but a lifetime to master. This presentation examines how the same strategic thinking that enables successful poker players to focus their time and resources can also be applied to improve project performance. A framework of seven core poker strategies will be identified and their application to project management illustrated. Attendees will walk away better project leaders (and it just might help their poker game as well).

Learing Objectives:
  1. Successful project leadership is not simply about “luck” or natural ability – it is a skill that can be learned and mastered through practice.
  2. How to focus on the seven fundamental strategies that often make or break a project.
  3. How to identify and avoid some of the most widespread mistakes in project management.

Why Poker?
Because poker, like business, requires dealing with people, managing complexity, and making difficult decisions based on incomplete information. You do not need to be a poker player nor a formal project manager to walk away enriched. This one-hour presentation is for anyone trying to improve performance.

What Are The 7 Strategies That Drive Winning?
  1. To play to win, specified results must drive your decision making.
  2. Game plans must be adaptable plans as the cards are turned over and new information is revealed.
  3. Winning requires dedicated resources. It takes money to make money.
  4. You must give yourself a sufficient time span to focus your attention.
  5. Don’t be blinded by the cards. Poker, like business, is a game of people.
  6. Strong players have the discipline to do what needs to be done.
  7. Long-term success demands courage.

About John Schroeder:
John Schroeder is a full-time business analyst and part-time poker addict who helps Fortune 500 companies and large government organizations improve the successful delivery of projects. An energetic and emotional speaker, his sessions help today’s professionals cut through the complexity to refocus on the fundamentals required for success. He has a Masters of Science in Management from Georgia Tech and is a member of, and sparring partner to, the Project Management Institute. His new book, Beating the Odds: Poker Strategies for Leading Projects and Winning at Work, is published by Advanced Strategies Press and is available now .

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