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What Can You Learn About Portfolio and Resource Management from Napoleon Bonaparte?

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What Can You Learn About Portfolio and Resource Management from Napoleon Bonaparte?

As anyone who has studied strategy can attest, Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most ingenious and dynamic military minds of our time, known not only for his planning prowess, but his savvy at operational administration as well. What if project managers and leaders applied his strategies, organizational principles, and operational tactics to resource alignment, team enablement, and communication?

Vote for my PanelPicker Idea - SXSW 2016In my book, Napoleon on Project Management – Timeless Lessons in Planning, Execution and Leadership I address this question head on. In this webcast, I summarize the book and how Napoleon managed a portfolio that transformed a struggling country into the world’s most powerful empire, and how he always managed to “do more with less.” Specifically, I answered questions such as:

  • What if Napoleon harnessed the power of project portfolio management (PPM) to better select, balance, and align his strategic objectives?
  • How can today’s project managers gain the upper hand by understanding the dynamics between project management and strategic leadership?
  • What lessons can today’s project managers and leaders learn from Napoleon’s successes and failures?

I also dove into Napoleon’s research, recordkeeping, and his organization methods that drove results.

I hope you find this information intriguing. If so, I invite you to vote for my PanelPicker Idea titled Timeless Lessons from the Rise and Fall of Napoleon at next year’s SXSW Interactive 2016, where I hope to share all of this, and more. Thanks for your vote!

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