FNL Project Management Training

Inspirational Leadership & Communication in a Project Delivery Driven Environment

with Lee R. Lambert
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
8:30am - 4:30pm
ATRF Auditorium
8 PDUs

You can’t afford to miss this learning opportunity. Decision Support information is one of a Project Management Professional’s most valuable products—communicating that information effectively is THE most vital responsibility. In a project delivery driven environment this task can be daunting. Faced with unrealistic budget/time constraints, organizational political uncertainty, ambiguity of expectations, human factors (paradigms) and relentless “don’t confuse me with facts” attitudes the Project Management Professional must rise above the “noise” and consistently deliver. Attending this powerful workshop will show you how to easily utilize simple tools and techniques to communicate “truth” and influence outcomes, while inspiring team members (loaned and owned) to new heights of performance.

Seating is limited to 30. Please email your interest in attending this seminar to Teresa Stitely at teresa.stitely@fnlcr.nih.gov no later than Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Assessing the Environment—Projects, Politics, Paradigms and Customers

1. What’s Project Management “Got to do with it?”
a. The Importance of Value Add Metrics
b. Dealing with Ambiguity of Objectives
c. Linking the WORK with the People—Allowing for Skill Set Variation
d. Knowing When to Say “Uncle”
2. Conducting a Stakeholder Analysis
a. Developing a Stakeholder Hierarchy
b. Creating a Stakeholder Communication Plan
3. Utilizing a Proven 4 Step Communication Model
a. Identifying Predictable (Desired) Outcomes
b. Quantifying “Effective” Communications
i. Encoding, Transmission, Decoding the Message
c. Facilitating Feedback—“The Breakfast of Champions”
d. Conducting a Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI)
4. Converting Conflict to Creative Thinking and Innovation
a. Capitalizing on the Killman Conflict Handling Approach
b. Focus on the Real Triple Constraint—what’s in it for You, What’s in it for Me, and What’s in it for the Organization?”
5. Surviving in a Powerless Matrix
a. Understanding When/How to be a Leader and/or a Follower (SLM)
i. Encoding, Transmission, Decoding the Message
ii. Adapting Your Style to the NEED of the Followers
6. Focus on Product, NOT Process

Following completion of this program the student should be able to:
- Understand the Critical LINK between PM and Leadership/Followership
- Effectively Identify and Communicate with ALL Project Stakeholders
- Encode Communication “Messages” to Increase Level of Effectiveness
- Select the Appropriate Method of “Sending” Messages
- Secure Feedback from Receiver to assure Clarity and Comprehension
- Understand His/Her Leadership Style and Needs of the “Followers”
- Utilize Motivational Relationship Awareness to Maximize Performance
- Prepare a Positive Interaction Strategy with Individual Followers
- Recognize and Resolve Conflict in a non-Confrontational way
- Capitalize on the Productivity Impacts of Empowerment
- Create a “Lessons Learned” Leadership Log for Continuous Improvement

Lee R. Lambert, PMP, CEO
Lee Lambert takes the saying; "been there, done that, got the T-shirt" to new heights in project management training, by incorporating a pragmatic perspective and a unique use of personal analogies to help bring the subject matter to life. No other Project Management educator can contend with his uncanny technical knowledge, material content and refreshing delivery - not to mention his humorous, engaging, CommonSense™ style that has mesmerized more than 40,000 students in 21 countries. Lee has been an honored and distinguished member of the project management community since 1968 and was part of the original team that formulated and implemented the PMP Certification Program. He is recognized as one of the most effective project management educators in the world.

Lunchtime Seminar Series Sponsored by the CPAD PMO

The Contract Planning and Administration Directorate PMO is pleased to continue the Lunchtime Seminars. The one-hour seminars are scheduled at Noon in Building 549. Please note seminar locations. Seminar descriptions and dates are provided below.

Communications Tool – The Meeting

Monday, November 3, 2014, Noon – 1PM
Building 549, Conference Room B (note location)
This hour draws on Carl Pritchard’s road show presentation “Making Meetings Magic”, which has been presented across the country with Lee Lambert. Carl hones in on the structures of effective meetings, keeping participants on the other end of the conference call engaged, and tools for quick, efficient information-gathering. He also hammers on the need for consistency from meeting to meeting to create a meeting culture…even if it’s just a one-manager culture!

What do YOU want for the Holidays?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Noon – 1PM
Building 549, Café
This is an “open forum” session, where participants will ask management questions, facilitation questions, project management questions, and “how-would-you” questions in a give-and-take among professionals. Carl will come with five “pre-loaded” questions in case there are not enough from the participants, but those will be held in abeyance and used only if other questions from participants don’t fill the hour.

The Fine Art of Story-Telling

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
This hour looks at why story telling is among the most effective means to communicate messages and the tricks and techniques associated with sharing a good story. The emphasis is on how to use stories to get across complex concepts and share detailed information in ways that others can remember and in ways that open the door for greater understanding. Carl will also examine the “echo effect” associated with effective story sharing.


Thursday, February 12, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
All too often, even before requirements are developed, project deadlines are cast in stone. These immovable deadlines create an environment where only the constraints of cost/resources and scope are malleable. In this hour, Carl looks at how to examine, early, where those adjustments may be made to greatest effect and how early communication of the options can drive a far more readily accepted solution than last-minute tweaking to come in “under the gun.”

Lessons Learned at Leidos (NCI at Frederick)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
The person in the next cube knows something you don’t. Really. In this session, you get a chance to find out what it is. This hour focuses on the keys in capturing and sharing lessons learned through real-world rehearsal. Participants will share their best insights on surviving and thriving in the Leidos environment and will examine ways to get their messages out across the Leidos community.

10 Questions to Risk Appetite and Attitude

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
The risk community is awash in conversations about the distinctions between risk appetite (what we can “stomach”) and risk attitude (how we act on it). It’s not a big problem when we’re the only people in the room. But in managing others, it’s a good idea to find out just how far they’re willing to go with risk and what the implications are for our projects and the organization as a whole.

We the Willing… I am Down to My Last Nerve… Today is Not Your Day… Cubicle Wisdom—An Oxymoron?

Thursday, May 7, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
In this hour, Carl Pritchard argues that cubicle wisdom and the land of Dilbert® provide powerful insight into how we, as managers should (or in most cases, should not) be behaving. Carl looks at one organization that forbids negative talk on the cubicle wall and why that may not be the best solution.

Futures Thinking

TWednesday, June 10, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
Taking a look into the crystal ball. One of the steps forward in risk management in the past few years has been a focus on futures thinking. That’s the concept that if we can identify the range of possible futures, we can better shape the world to create a higher probability that the most desired future will become reality. In this session, participants will look at their own futures, identify impediments to the desired future and examine what it will take to get to that optimal outcome.

HEY! I Have an Idea!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
One of the great challenges in any environment is coming up with new ideas. The wonderful aspect of this is that they are all around you. In this one-hour session, Carl offers dozens of resources for building the body of ideas and points to the possibilities that abound in the world around us. (Bonus points for coming to the session having watched at least one episode of Cosmos or Connections.

Positive Intent

Thursday, August 13, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
You’re not paranoid if they are out to get you. But most of the time, they’re not. And investing time in that “they’re-out-to-get-me” place is self-defeating and depressing. This end-of-summer session takes a look at the practice of assuming positive intent and how it is becoming progressively more prevalent in global society. The implications in project management are legion, as we rely largely on the support of others to make our projects succeed…and consistently hope that they’re working in our best interests. We’ll look at how assuming positive intent actually feeds on itself and makes the entire environment more positive, leading to better and more consistent outcomes.

Leidos Project Management Training and Professional Development Opportunities (for Leidos employees)

The Leidos Project Management Professional Credential Training Program is designed for qualified Leidos project managers to prepare them for the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Project Management Professional Credential Examination (www.pmi.org). Other project team members or functional staff should typically consider the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential.

Leidos is a Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). You can visit SAIC (ISSAIC) resources to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) used by PMI's Project Management Professionals (PMP®) to maintain their credential.

HHS University Training Opportunities

HHS University through the HHS Learning Portal offers a variety of project management courses at no cost to you as a government employee or contractor. Log on to the HHS Learning Portal (https://lms.learning.hhs.gov/ to view all training opportunities available. Instructions on how to logon to the learning portal can be found at https://hhsu.learning.hhs.gov/lms/logon.asp .

Other Training Opportunities

For those of you who are PMPs interested in earning PDUs, or interested in sitting for the PMI PMP exam, or simply attending PM courses, click here for classes offered by Carl Pritchard, PMP, EVP, RMP.