Tom Peters on Project Management


Best-selling business author Tom Peters was recently the keynote speaker at PMI’s Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM). Among the wisdom he shared with the audience:

  • If you don’t like politics or meetings, don’t be a project manager. Politics is life. Relish it. It’s our fellow human beings.
  • Your emotional quotient is much more important than your intelligence quotient.
  • Agile is key. Whoever tries the most stuff, wins. Forget “do it right the first time.”
  • Thanks to social media, one bad mistake can undo 25 years of branding activity.
  • Have lunch with your colleagues from other areas of the organization.
  • Spend 80 percent of time finding and maintaining allies.
  • “Idiots suck up for success. Geniuses suck down.”
  • Give constant recognition, especially for smaller achievements. Micro-milestones matter. “Nobody died from too many thank yous.”

Excerpt from PMI Friday Facts, 14th November 2014


About Kevin Archbold

Kevin Archbold, PMP, PMI-SP, has over 30 years of project management experience with large and small organizations in a variety of industries, including automotive, nuclear, telecommunications, trucking, IT, recruiting, mining, construction, and government. Kevin has presented at local and national levels within the Project Management Institute (PMI), is the winner of a local chapter PMI Project of the Year Award, and is the current president of a PMI Chapter.

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