Monday, June 22, 2020

3 Skills Needed for Cross-Functional Leadership



Do you want to successfully lead cross-functional teams? I've done it, and here are the top 3 skills you should have:

1. Troubleshooting:  A leader needs to be able to help determine under which area a problem falls.  For example, if the team is not sure if a drop in sales is due to a sales problem or a marketing problem, then the leader can help the team devise tests that the market-oriented team member and sales-oriented member can apply to determine who should have ownership of the issue.

2. Communication:  A cross functional leader needs to be able to understand and translate the language of different areas.  For example, if a programmer on the team explains an issue to a marketer in technical jargon, causing confusion, the leader needs to step in and translate it from technical into marketing lingo.

3. Agility:  A cross functional leader has to be comfortable pivoting his/her team, as information and situations change.  For example, an issue might appear to being caused by a marketing problem but, as the team starts investigating, it becomes clear that it is caused by faulty customer-relation software, then the leader must get the team to pivot the issue to it's technical members.


© 2020 Praveen Puri

Praveen Puri is the expert in Strategic Simplicity® and IT / business simplification. Please visit PuriConsulting.com.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

2020 PMO IMPACT Summit

I will be one of the featured speakers at the 2020 Virtual Summit on Project Management / Project Management Office.

If you're interested in IT strategy, project management, project portfolio management, Agile, etc., I hope you'll attend.





© 2020 Praveen Puri

Praveen Puri is the expert in Strategic Simplicity® and IT / business simplification. Please visit PuriConsulting.com.

Effective tips for reporting bad news to a boss or client during a reporting meeting





1. Before approaching your boss/client, double check the facts. Make sure you know the problem, ramifications, and possible solutions / mitigations.

2. The best way to deliver is to summarize the situation concisely, like the first paragraph of a newspaper article. Then, follow up with the top options. Only bring up the data or background narrative if it is asked for.

3. The best way to deliver the news is face-to-face. If this can't be dome in a timely manner, then a phone call. #management #reporting


© 2020 Praveen Puri

Praveen Puri is the expert in Strategic Simplicity® and IT / business simplification. Please visit PuriConsulting.com.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Everything New Emerges from Turbulence | Amy Segami | TEDxWilmetteWomen




My friend, and fellow management consultant, Amy Segami gave this Ted Talk on Turbulence, and how we need to embrace it if we want change and innovation.  As it turned out, it was very timely!


© 2020 Praveen Puri

Praveen Puri is the expert in Strategic Simplicity® and IT / business simplification. Please visit PuriConsulting.com.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Biden Running Mate

Based on this performance, I think Joe Biden should consider the mayor of Atlanta as his running mate:

https://twitter.com/ClayTravis/status/1266558138339209216


© 2020 Praveen Puri

I am the Strategic Simplicity® expert who helps clients weaponize technology. Please visit PuriConsulting.com.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Covid Sports Innovation



When professional sports resume, they plan to play in empty stadiums.

Today, in the WSJ, I read about how teams are looking at what a Tunisian soccer team from 7 years ago did.  Back then, large gatherings were banned because of the Arab Spring protests.  So, the team had to play in an empty stadium and fans had to watch on TV.  

They created an app that fans could download, which was tied to 40 speakers in the stadium.  As the fans watched on TV, they could click on the app.  The more they clicked, the louder piped-in music was played in the stadium.  So, even though the sounds themselves were fake, it was actually the fans reacting in real time.

Not only did the players hear it, but it created a feedback loop because the fans watching on TV could hear it.

This is just one example of how countries and companies are looking at what others did in the past, under similar conditions



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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Example of Content Creation / Marketing from "The Economist" Magazine


I subscribe to "The Economist", which is weekly magazine.  About a month or so ago, they started a free weekly newsletter for subscribers which describes how they decided on that week's cover.  The newsletter takes you behind the scenes, and shows their thinking about what they are trying to illustrate, their evolving thought processes, and earlier iterations of the cover—until they end up with that week's final cover picture.

I think this is a clever idea for content creation


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