HighEdWeb Assocation
The Annual Conference for Higher Education Web Professionals, Austin, Texas, October 23-26, 2011

Session Details

Lead the Horse to Water, And Make Damn Sure It Drinks: How to Lead Successful & Transparent Projects

MMP9 Marketing, Management, and Professional Development Track

Big Bend


When it's your job to be sure a project gets done and gets done right, there is limited room for error. You need to lead your team to the finish line on-time and on-budget or face the music. Let me remind you of an all too familiar scenario: A project is dumped in your lap and you're given limited information as to how it came to be, and possibly where it's headed. Your availability wasn't considered, and now you're caught between a rock and hard place, left to clean up someone else's mess. Newsflash: A project led poorly will likely fail miserably. We've all seen it happen or have heard the horror stories. It's important to remember that in these moments, the leadership within your organization doesn't begin and end with your Director or Vice President; it shouldn't "end" with anyone -- you have the power to raise the bar; to set the standards; to become a project rockstar by being innovative, creative, professional, and most of all, a leader. When filling the shoes of a project manager, you need to develop & keep a very specific toolset nearby (hint: it has nothing to do with a PM certification hanging on your wall). That toolset will help you avoid dangerous terrain, keep the people you're working with happy, energetic, optimistic and on-track, and give you the confidence to communicate effectively with your stakeholders, be it the newest staff member or the most rigid department Chair. Join me in this session as I share with you my project experiences, show off some great tools you can put to work right away, and provide tips on how to lead your team of 5 or 50 or 500+ on down to the watering hole!