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Contract Project Manager? What you need to know! – Part 4

Contract Project Manager? What you need to know! – Part 4

Today’s environment is increasingly creating less full time and more contract positions. What is a rock solid stable position today may not exist in three months or three years, and it is prudent risk management to be able work as a contractor on a permanent or temporary basis.  Part 1 outlined three steps for success as a contract project manager. In part 2, I shared what a Chief Technology Officer told me about Contract Project Managers. In part 3 of this series a seasoned contract project manager provided the Top Ten Do’s and Don’ts for a contract project manager.

A major option for working as a contract project manager is to leverage staffing companies.  

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Career Management.

Contract Project Manager? What you need to know! – Part 3

Contract Project Manager? What you need to know! – Part 3

Part 1 of this article outlined three steps for success as a contract project manager. In part 2, I shared what a Chief Technology Officer told me about Contract Project Managers. In part 3 of this article I will share Working as a Contractor – Top Ten Do’s and Don’ts from a project manager (Ira Hendon) with a long history of success as a contract project manager and managing a group of consultants across North America while working for IBM.

Here are Ira’s top ten for Contract Project Manager’s

Do’s for a Contract Project Manager

  1. Protect your Intellectual Property (IP)
  2. Honor your commitments
  3. Set realistic expectations
  4. Give the client the “Straight Talk”
  5. Have fun in a professional way
  6. Do your homework and be prepared for every meeting

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Career Management.

Contract Project Manager? What you need to know! – Part 2

Contract Project Manager? What you need to know! – Part 2

Part 1 of this article outlined three steps for success as a contract project manager. In part 2, I will share what a Chief Technology Officer  told me about Contract Project Managers. One of the major benefits of what I do is working with great leaders, and I consider Ben Wilson, Chief Technology Officer of General Electric Oil and Gas one of those.
So when seeking information on this subject he was an individual I sought out.

Ben’s response was broken up into three areas which were Must haves just to talk to me,” “To get hired as a contract project manager,” and “To get hired as a full time employee.

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Career Management.

Contract Project Manager? What you need to know! – Part 1

Contract Project Manager? What you need to know! – Part 1

The following polling results were from my Managing Your Career: What Your Boss Won’t Tell You presentation to the PMI Canadian West Coast Chapter this month in Vancouver.

Career Polling 2015 1

Having conducted this poll many times, I have observed that the younger the audience, the greater perceived value of the Master’s Degree. Time and experience indicate that although qualifications count, nothing is more important than relationships. As this polling indicates, because that is essentially the opportunity the country club membership provides with 82 percent of those surveyed stating it was more beneficial than a Masters Degree for long term career advancement.

Consider the following quote from Hugh MacLeod, “Your job is probably worth 50 percent of what it was in real terms ten years ago.

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Career Management.

Career Management – Why Most Don’t Get Their Dream Job

Career Management – Why most don’t get their dream job

Your Dream Job

Everyone wants their dream job.  They want to get paid for doing something they love.  This cute little diagram has been circulating on Linkedin.  There is a lot of truth in the diagram, but in my opinion the diagram is grossly in error.

The biggest misconception in the diagram is that “someone will pay for” ‘what you’re good at.”  This is just not true.  Good is just too commonplace to be of value.  Good is everywhere.   And someone will pay for good when it is convenient and/or cheap, mostly cheap.  Someone will always pay for exceptional though.  Someone is always willing to pay a higher price for the best.  Many companies have gone out of business being good. 

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Career Management.