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Session A - Pre-Conference Session
Wednesday, June 10, 9am-12pm

Creating the New Normal in Project Leadership
Presented by Don McAlister

Description: The difference between Project Management and Project Leadership is that Project Leaders understand the importance of skillful integration of the art and science aspects of their work.  In this session we’ll explore ideas, beliefs, skills, practices and tools that will help Project Managers develop and integrate their art and science skills to create a new normal in project leadership.

Target Audience:Those looking to pursue a career in Project Management, and current Project Managers looking for ways to achieve more success and fulfillment in the profession.

Organizational Issues:Traditional Project Management training, tools, practices and selection criteria emphasize leadership science over art.  Although both are necessary, in my experience, greater awareness and skillful application of leadership art is what ultimately determines project success and personal fulfillment.

Objectives: My objective is to provide a new approach to Project Leadership and lay a foundation for those seeking to become better Project Managers by sharing ideas, and practices for integrating artful leadership with management science.

Cost: None

Pre-work: None

Materials Needed: None

Handouts: Available for download after the Forum

Don McAlister

Biography: Don is the owner of McAlister Consulting in Moorpark, California, providing aerospace technical and project management advisory services to private industry and US Government clients. He retired from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 2011, after 40 years working on the Engineering Design and Development, and Management of many liquid rocket engine Projects. Throughout his career, Don has also had an abiding interest in critical thinking and knowledge management processes and how they are used in our businesses and personal lives. Don and his wife Christine live in Moorpark CA. They have two grown children, and are the proud grandparents of 3 grandchildren. In addition to enjoying his family and consulting, Don is an active member of the Rotary Club of Moorpark, the President of the non-profit Simi Valley Jazz Club, an amateur jazz keyboard player, and writes an Internet blog at www.donmcalister.com."

Contact: Don can be reached by e-mail at dsm5176@roadrunner.com for additional information about this Pre-Conference session.


Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/don-mcalister/4/902/510

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