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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Business; 1 edition (18 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273759361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273759362
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Many people have described Mike Clayton as a Powerhouse.

In five years, he wrote 12 books, whilst extending his speaking and seminar business. These five years have also been happy and busy years at home, as his writing career started a week after the birth of his daughter, and a month or so after moving to a new home in a new town, with his new wife.

Mike has always tried to be effective in everything he does, and learned his business, management, and professional skills as a management consultant, leading large engagements on behalf of international consulting firm, Deloitte. Having established two training businesses after leaving Deloitte, Mike now focuses his work on writing, on business, management, and personal effectiveness seminars, and as a platform speaker.

All of Mike's books, seminars and training programmes are about being effective as a professional, manager, or leader. They represent that experience and what he has learned about how to make his ideas easy to understand and implement. His books and seminars cover all of the personal and business skills he has needed throughout his career.

Mike has spent the last twenty five years of his career studying and learning this stuff and nothing gives him more pleasure than sharing it.

Mike lives in Hampshire, England, with his wife and daughter.

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Get the best from your team and your project.

Whatever the project, and whoever is in your team, Brilliant Project Leader will show you how to make it a success. Packed with practical tips and insights from an experienced project manager who knows what works and what doesn’t, you’ll discover the inside secrets to deliver your project on budget and on time.

Brilliant Project Leader takes you through the project lifecycle, showing you how to engage and lead your team at each stage. You will learn how to understand the dynamics of your team, discover tools to help allocate work, and – more importantly – the ways to motivate, inspire and develop team members.

BRILLIANT OUTCOMES:

·         Engage and harness the power of your team

·         Get people to do what they promise to do

·         Give great feedback that inspires and encourages

'This has the ability to greatly enhance your effectiveness and capability. It is a must read for all current or aspiring project leaders.'

Charles Vivian, Head of Programme and Project Leadership, Qedis

About the Author

Mike Clayton was a project manager for twelve years, working for international services firm Deloitte.  He led teams ranging from 2 to nearly 100 people, on projects for Government departments, local authorities, global manufacturers and FTSE 100 companies. Since 2002, Mike has focused on speaking about project management and has trained over 2,000 project managers. 


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samad Aidane on 26 Dec 2011
Format: Paperback
Mike believes that "in tough times, project management is not enough. People get scared and uncertain and need leadership to keep them working effectively".

While there is a book called Brilliant Project Management, its focus is primarily on project management basics. Brilliant Project Leader focuses more on the human side of project management recognizing that systems, processes and procedures and even to some extent methodologies, while essential, are not sufficient to deliver successful projects.

I found this book packed with leadership tools and insight that have clearly been proven in the real world and are clearly informed by research from various fields such as psychology, social science and our understanding of how the brain works.
The book provides essential leadership skills for each stage of the project which is something that I have find unique. Mike dedicates the last section to leadership skills in tough times. The tools and insights here will help project managers cut through the uncertainty and confusion that they often experience on complex and challenging projects.

Some of the highlights from the book:

* Mike's first rule of teams: You get the team you deserve
* The 4 essential components for leading project teams: The individual, the plan, the team, and the communication
* Three key leadership skills for the definition stage: Managing upward, stakeholder management, and negotiation
* The FARB Process for structuring arguments during negotiations
* The "Jiminy Cricket Effect" in securing commitment from project team members.
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This is a great book for anyone wanting to enhance and improve their project leadership and management skills.

Unlike others on the market, it is highly readable and clear, with a focus upon practical advice that will reap dividends right away.

I highly recommend this book.
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I found this to be a really good read and written in a way that is easy to read.

Mike takes you through all of the various levels of running a project and importantly speaks a lot about interacting with people and making the best out of them.

The concepts are easy to grasp - Mike writes very much like his speaking style which to is easy to relate too.

I found that this book has helped me in my day to day project management for work and has made me look at the world a little bit differently and ask extra questions of myself, the way I organize projects and the team that work with me.

I would recommend this to anyone who is a project manager.
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Jump start your career: PM's become Leaders 29 May 2012
By Allan Dean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Highly readable with a great voice and sentiment - PMO's and PPM's will make this required reading because Mike has assembled a career's worth of project leadership lessons and gives them away (e.g. purpose and strategy plus tactics you can use right now).

Some PM's (and some executives) approach project work like it's just a process with inputs and outputs, and if the rest of the folks would just get it (respect the logic, memorization and 1's and 0's) then it would all go smoothly all the time. But it doesn't; it's not that simple. There are two major sources of variation in every project - the people and the business. Both present dynamic forces churning the water around your ship (project). Mike's book deals with the former, leading people effectively through a project - and that's enough because projects are about working with cats - err I mean people.

Do you play well with others?
Can you get others to play with you?
Can you get them to play well with each other? Even when you aren't around?
When you return do you still have a team and progress to measure, or just a mess to fix?

It takes a leader - not a machine or process expert. The best PM's are actually Project Leaders and they make it look easy. The rest churn and burn teams up, go through the motions, or require another to lead.

Mike gets it and he gives it all away freely (or almost free) in his new book Brilliant Project Leader.

He's right - there are managers, and then there are leaders. His new book is loaded with gems for young and experienced project managers, as well as accidental PM's, would-be leaders, and accidental leaders (So this is your project. Oh - you just got volunteered by so-and-so. Sorry but saying you just got thrown into the mix, doesn't mean it's not yours. It may make you feel better, but you still own it - ready or not).

If it were easy - they wouldn't need us; a machine could do it. Thankfully we are needed and valued - especially those that can lead.

Facilitating projects and programs is much the same everywhere. Whether you do it for your own business, another entrepreneur or an established enterprise (Fortune 100, Fortune 500, Fortune 1000 clients, government or military) - running successful projects largely comes down to managing people, building a team and leading them effectively.

A leader will build and guide a team through forming, storming, norming to get them to the all important performing stage, i.e. the productive stage where work gets done and done right with less effort collaboratively.

Mike teaches PM's how to lead and further conveys how project choices and leadership style make or break a PM's career. There are gems that get only a blurb because others command checklists and pages of valuable, situational lessons and insights. Read it carefully - because even the basics Mike mentions casually actually are hard lessons learned and deserving of entire presentations to drive the value of each point home. Even better for PM's everywhere is that Mike's book frames it all in the most relevant context dear to all of us - project delivery.

Read this one, practice what you learn - and you'll get a jump start on a fantastic career and a portfolio of successful projects under your belt.
Brilliant book 18 Jan 2012
By Samad Aidane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mike believes that "in tough times, project management is not enough. People get scared and uncertain and need leadership to keep them working effectively".

While there is a book called Brilliant Project Management, its focus is primarily on project management basics. Brilliant Project Leader focuses more on the human side of project management recognizing that systems, processes and procedures and even to some extent methodologies, while essential, are not sufficient to deliver successful projects.

I found this book packed with leadership tools and insight that have clearly been proven in the real world and are clearly informed by research from various fields such as psychology, social science and our understanding of how the brain works.

The book provides essential leadership skills for each stage of the project which is something that I have find unique. Mike dedicates the last section to leadership skills in tough times. The tools and insights here will help project managers cut through the uncertainty and confusion that they often experience on complex and challenging projects.

Some of the highlights of the book:
* Mike's first rule of teams: You get the team you deserve
* The 4 essential components for leading project teams: The individual, the plan, the team, and the communication
* Three key leadership skills for the definition stage: Managing upward, stakeholder management, and negotiation
* The FARB Process for structuring arguments during negotiations
* The "Jiminy Cricket Effect" in securing commitment from project team members.
* The wrong way and the right way in dealing with requests for change
* Effective way to communicate bad news and setbacks
* Effective way of having the conversation about feedback with your project team members
* The structure of resistance
* The importance of timing to being an effective leader
* The Drama Triangle and leadership in tough times
* The SCOPE process: the Five step process for mentally taking control of bad situations

I highly recommend Brilliant Project Leader: What the best project leaders know do and say to get results every time.
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