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Conversations with Leaders – 5

December 26, 2020 Leave a comment

(An interview with Johanna Rothman, Agile 2009 Conference Chair and Author)

My ebook ‘Leadership in times of Crisis’ is a synthesis of conversations with practitioners, authors and leaders in the field of Project Management and Leadership. Here is a conversation that I had with Johanna Rothman.

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” offers frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see and adapt how they solve problems, resolve risks, and manage their product development.

Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair and was the co-chair of the first edition of the Agile Practice Guide. Johanna is the author of 18 books that range from hiring, to project management, program management, project portfolio management, and management. Her most recent books are the Modern Management Made Easy series, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams (with Mark Kilby) and Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver.

Read her blogs, email newsletter, and more information about her books at http://www.jrothman.com

Buy a copy of the ebook on Leanpub >> https://leanpub.com/leadershipintimesofcrisis

You can buy the paperback version on Amazon >> https://amzn.to/2VS7CIn

Conversations with Leaders – 4

December 17, 2020 Leave a comment

(An interview with Sam Silverstein, Founder, The Accountability Movement™, Speaker & Author  )

My ebook ‘Leadership in times of Crisis’ is a synthesis of conversations with practitioners, authors and leaders in the field of Project Management and Leadership. Here is a conversation that I had with Sam Silverstein.

Global Gurus recently announced Sam Silverstein as one of the World’s Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals. The author of eight books including No More Excuses, I Am Accountable, No Matter What, Non-Negotiable, Making Accountable Decisions, and The Success Model, keynote speaker Sam Silverstein is the founder of The Accountability Movement™, an organization focused on building powerful communities filled with like-minded people who know and live their values and honor their commitments. To that end, Sam hosts Accountability Roundtables™ to address and break through the barriers that restrict organizations and communities from living an accountable culture.

Originally from Atlanta, Sam has a Bachelor’s Degree in business from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Washington University. He is a Past President of the National Speakers Association. Sam is married with four children and currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

As a former executive and owner, Sam’s manufacturing and distribution companies sold over $100 million in products and services. He successfully sold one of his businesses to a Fortune 500 company. Today, Sam writes, speaks, and consults with organizations around the globe to think differently, work with renewed purpose, and achieve record-breaking results. As a keynote speaker, Sam challenges audiences to discover and reach their best selves. He helps leaders build accountability throughout their organization. Sam works with entrepreneurs, multi-national companies, corporations, and government agencies to drive increased engagement and productivity.

Buy a copy of the ebook on Leanpub >> https://leanpub.com/leadershipintimesofcrisis

You can buy the paperback version on Amazon >> https://amzn.to/2VS7CIn

Conversations with Leaders – 3

December 15, 2020 Leave a comment

(An interview with Andy Burns, PMP, PMI-ACP, DACI, SPC )

My ebook ‘Leadership in times of Crisis’ is a synthesis of conversations with practitioners, authors and leaders in the field of Project Management and Leadership. Here is a conversation that I had with Andy Burns.

Andy Burns PMP, PMI-ACP, DACI, SPC is a founding member of the Siemens Digital Industries Lean Agile Center of Excellence (LACE). Following the SAFe roadmap Siemens Product Lifecycle Management stood up more than a dozen Agile Release Trains (ART) for more than 1,200 Software Engineers. Over the course of this global rollout Andy trained several hundred people worldwide in person and in a virtual classroom. Andy is also a Disciplined Agile Certified Instructor (DACI). Andy is actively teaching several virtual DA courses as well as Live Virtual PMP, PMI-ACP, and SAFe. Andy is a longtime volunteer with PMI at the Local and Global level. The information offered up in this session is a solidarity commitment to help everyone adapt to today’s challenges! DA is a right at home in a virtual world!

Buy a copy of the ebook on Leanpub >> https://leanpub.com/leadershipintimesofcrisis

You can buy the paperback version on Amazon >> https://amzn.to/2VS7CIn

12.12.2020 sale

December 11, 2020 Leave a comment

Special 12.12.2020 discount. Buy my ebook ‘Leadership in times of Crisis’ on Leanpub
for only $5 >>www.leanpub.com/leadershipintimesofcrisis

Conversations with Leaders-2

December 10, 2020 2 comments

(An interview with Margaret Meloni, Meloni Coaching Solutions Inc.)

My ebook ‘Leadership in times of Crisis’ is a synthesis of conversations with practitioners, authors and leaders in the field of Project Management and Leadership. Here is a conversation that I had with Margaret Meloni.

Margaret Meloni is President of Meloni Coaching Solutions, Inc., a company devoted to helping you successfully navigate the human side of the project world. Margaret has supported project managers at organizations such as Occidental Petroleum, Northrop Grumman, Toyota Motor Credit, Southern California Edison, CalStart and arc.

Her background in IT Project Management and PMO Leadership enables Margaret to understand that managing projects can be difficult. Her special emphasis is on soft skills training for project managers.

Margaret is a contributing author to the book 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career in which she writes about conflict resolution. She has also been invited to contribute to articles in PM Network®, the monthly magazine covering trends, tools, and best practices in project management. She is a top blogger at Toolbox.

Margaret holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from California State University, Long Beach. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). A recipient of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Distinguished Instructor award, Margaret is a dynamic speaker who combines inspiration, common sense, and a dash of humor and works with her audiences to understand the importance of soft skills at work.

Buy a copy of the ebook on Leanpub >> https://leanpub.com/leadershipintimesofcrisis

You can buy the paperback version on Amazon >> https://amzn.to/2VS7CIn

Conversations with Leaders – 1

December 9, 2020 Leave a comment

(An interview with Thomas Walenta)

My ebook ‘Leadership in times of Crisis’ is a synthesis of conversations with practitioners, authors and leaders in the field of Project Management and Leadership. Here is a conversation that I had with Thomas Walenta.

Thomas Walenta PMP, PgMP and PMI fellow worked for IBM from 1983 to 2014 in a variety of client projects.  He worked in his first project in 1974 and build his first PMO from 1995. He is a member of PMI since 1992 and of GPM/IPMA since 1995.  As a PMI volunteer from 1998, he led the PMI Frankfurt Chapter for 8 years was elected to the PMI Board for 2 terms of 3 years each and was a  member of the PMI Ethics Review Committee for 6 years. Today he is coaching, teaching and mentoring.  He considers himself a Global Project Economy expert, covering all aspects of a new project management paradigm for people from 5 – 75 across all value delivery frameworks and helping the global society to improve.

Buy a copy of the ebook on Leanpub >> https://leanpub.com/leadershipintimesofcrisis

You can buy the paperback version on Amazon >> https://amzn.to/2VS7CIn

PM Rock Star Summit

November 19, 2020 Leave a comment

The PM Rock Star Summit is the brainchild of Richard Junod.

As a project manager for more than 20 years, Rich has worked for several consulting companies and also worked as a vice president of a top financial company for more than 10 years.  

Rich has pivoted through company reorganizations, canceled projects, and COVID and believes that investing in yourself leads to success.  This is why he has created a summit with incredible speakers called “Project Management Rock Star”.  Don’t miss this opportunity!   

Join me and top international experts at the FREE Project Management Rock Star Summit on Friday, November 27th at 9:00AM EST. Register now at https://pmrockstar.com/SajeevKumarMenon

Topics include:
* Leadership In Times of Crisis
* The Importance of Psychological Safety and Teamwork in the Digital Age
* What Makes a Great Project Manager
* The Art and Science of Vision to Reality
* PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition Process
* Proven Ceremonies for Unleashing Agility

Additional speakers include:
Duena Blomstrom, Mike Clayton, Dawn Mahan, Thomas Meloche and Curtis L. Jenkins

You can claim these hours for Leadership PDU’s. Please share with your friends and family.

Register now for FREE at https://pmrockstar.com/SajeevKumarMenon

Happy Diwali

November 14, 2020 Leave a comment

On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, I am offering a 50% discount on my ebook ‘Leadership in times of Crisis’.
This book is the result of Conversations I had with thought leaders, in different parts of the world. I hope that reading this book, will inspire you to have a vision, to lead with a purpose, with empathy and remaining steadfast to the values, that you believe in. This book has a foreword by Sunil Prashara, CEO, Project Management Institute : https://leanpub.com/leadershipintimesofcrisis

https://leanpub.com/leadershipintimesofcrisis

Self-publishing a book

November 10, 2020 Leave a comment

Some of my friends have been asking me for tips on my experience in publishing my first book. So here is a post to describe my journey.

How it all started?

      In the beginning of this year, the Covid-19 pandemic had caused disruption worldwide.  Organizations are leaders were forced to come up with a workaround to tackle the situation.  Some companies implemented ‘Work from home’.  Other companies came up with Business continuity planning.  They split the workforce into groups and staggered the work timings so that social distancing could be maintained. 

       Here was an unforeseen event, a real-world experience for all of us.  I had this idea that I could talk to thought leaders in my network and learn from their experience.  So, I started contacting leaders and booking their time for a zoom conversation.  Every week I would have a call or two.  This went on for 3-4 months and I had talked to 23 thought leaders.  I listened carefully to their interesting personal anecdotes, their insights and invaluable advice.  Then, I transcribed the conversations, proof-read and edited them . 

Route to Publishing the Ebook

     I thought that it would be good to publish the conversations so that aspiring project managers and leaders worldwide could have a handy reference to these great insights.  I talked to some friends about publishing and after a lot of thought I decided to go the self-publishing route.    Leanpub is the best way in the world to publish a book while you are writing it. This is true whether you are writing a programming book, a business book or even a cookbook! The type of in-progress publishing  is called “Lean Publishing”. 

One of the most interesting features of the Leanpub storefront is the royalty rate authors earn: 90% minus 50 cents royalties per paid sale. On Leanpub, a $10 ebook sale earns $8.50 in royalties, and a $20 ebook sale earns $17.50 in royalties.

Putting it all together
      After putting the content together and reviewing it, I hired a graphic designer to design a cover and  illustration.  I happened to see the work of Agalya G. S (Noun & Verb) and I was impressed with her work.  After negotiating the price, she started work on the cover design and illustration.  After 2 weeks the cover design and illustration was complete.  Meanwhile, I had got my team to proof-read and edit the content. 

Review and Foreword

       I approached Sunil Prashara, CEO of Project Management Institute to write a foreword for my book.  I had my fingers crossed as he is a very busy person.  After a week, I got a mail from his office that he has agreed to write a foreword for my book.  I was really happy and honoured when I received the foreword from him

       I also approached some contacts in my network and sent them a free copy of my book so that I could get a review.  Daniel Oren from the US a reader kindly consented to write a review.

Paperback version

       Some friends told me that they preferred a paperback version.  So I worked on formatting the book and uploading to Kindle direct publishing on Amazon.  In 2-3 days, the publication was approved.  I also ordered some author copies and I am awaiting the delivery.


Marketing your book
It is not enough to learn how to publish a book and be done with it. You still have to take action even after your official launch. As soon as your book goes live, be sure to leverage your launch team and your audience to help you market your book! It may be odd to ask your fans and friends for help, but your fans are there to support your project and want to see you succeed.  I am leveraging social media (facebook, twitter, wordpress and Linkedin) to promote my book.

This journey from the conversations to print has been a very enriching experience for me.  I hope that this book will inspire my readers to lead with empathy, with purpose and holding steadfast to the values they believe in. 

Sajeev Kumar Menon is a PMP, PMI-ACP, Scrum Master, ITIL and Six Sigma Green belt certified professional who lives in Singapore. He has experience working with companies like HP, NTT Data and Seagate Technology in customer-centric roles like Project Management and Business Operations Management. He holds a Masters in Microelectronics degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster (Toastmasters International), a certified facilitator and trainer and has delivered several speeches to corporate audiences and students. Sajeev has published a book of poems available on Amazon. Sajeev loves to coach, inspire and motivate people through his talks and speeches to perform at their best and to realize their hidden potential.

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E-book on Leadership

October 30, 2020 Leave a comment

I would like to announce that my e-book ‘Leadership in times of Crisis’ is published on the LeanPub bookstore. I would like to thank all who have helped me in this project. This book is the result of Conversations I had with thought leaders, in different parts of the world. I hope that reading this book, will inspire you to have a vision, to lead with a purpose, with empathy and remaining steadfast to the values, that you believe in. This book has a foreword by Sunil Prashara, CEO, Project Management Institute

https://leanpub.com/leadershipintimesofcrisis

Here is a review from a reader in the US, Daniel Oren

“Sajeev Kumar Menon’s eBook, Leadership in Times of Crisis, Conversations with Thought Leaders, begins with a foreword and high praise from Sunil Prashara, President and CEO of Project Management Institute. Using a ten-question structured interview, Menon compiles his transcripts from 24 conversations with expert project managers worldwide. This book will quickly become required reading for project managers at any level and regardless of which stage of career they are in.

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