I hope I didn’t scare you off the latest PM Network (September 2009) with my recent lament about a column (my lament is here). The piece assumed that we still needed to convince PMs that they had to be business savvy.
In fact, this issue is chock full of articles that assume PMs get that and want to get savvier. One piece — Talking the Talk — hits on a number of recent Crossderry themes. It echoes an earlier post about bridging the PM/Management Gap (here), but it speaks to the executive who wants to improve his/her communications with project managers. The opening grafs hit the main challenge:
To the executive ear, project managers seem to be speaking an entirely different language. “A lot of executives think project management is all Gantt charts and paperwork, so they tune those conversations out,” says Eric Morfin, partner, Critical Skills Inc., San Diego, California, USA
My suggestion: take this article and use it to shape your exchanges with executives. If you have a executive mentor, “how to leverage these ideas” would make a great subject for your next chat.