E95 Bridging the Strategy-Execution Gap with Annmarie Curley
In this episode of Project Management Office Hours, Annmarie Curley and PMO Joe discussed how a top-down and bottom-up approach is necessary to bridge the strategy-execution gap and establish environments where teams can be successful without burning out.
Annmarie shares how teams spend so much of their time reacting and firefighting that they are unable to devote any time to learning new tools or methods to change how they operate. “It becomes a vicious cycle that are nearly impossible to break out of, and results in team members who are stressed, overworked, and overwhelmed.”- Annmarie Curley
One major contributor Annmarie mentioned is the type of chaotic environment, she calls “duct tape leadership” — the patched-together systems that help teams meet short-term goals, at the cost of long-term stability and sustainability. The antidote to duct tape is intentional leadership– taking time to establish the conditions your team needs to succeed.
Organizations achieve their mission through projects — and the work that project teams accomplish is pivotal to the organization’s success. The project manager’s ability to lead the team and transformation is a critical element. However executive leaders also have a responsibility to set the stage for the team’s success, and to ensure that the work being executed aligns with the strategic priorities.
“Revisiting the Agile Manifesto led me to think about the Project Leader’s Manifesto. The work that a project leader does isn’t easy – they often are working under duress, and it can sometimes feel like pushing a boulder up a mountain. However, I firmly believe that to be effective, project managers have to lead rather than manage which is why I call the role project leader rather than project manager.” “Organizations achieve their mission through projects — and the work that project teams accomplish are pivotal to the organization’s success. Project Leader Manifesto focuses on people over process and placing attention on the power skills. ” -Annmarie
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Annmarie Curley launched Newgrange IT Consulting, a management consulting business, in 2010 to help businesses accelerate their mission by effectively executing their strategy.
Her vision is that executives and their teams are aligned in real-time as strategy is being planned and executed, that leaders throughout the organization are empowered to develop strong, collaborative teams and establish environments where those teams can succeed, and that leaders and teams have the necessary project management and leadership skills to succeed in their role.
The Newgrange team assists clients by leading and supporting teams through projects to realize strategic objectives while optimizing the ROI from the investment, by galvanizing Project Leaders to elevate their performance leading their teams and projects to improve outcomes and accelerate results and by developing highly collaborative teams, creating environments where they can successfully execute their organization’s mission.
Annmarie Curley has over 20 years’ experience managing global teams and complex projects across financial, healthcare, Higher Education, and IT consulting services sectors. She has a track record of focusing on high-risk areas of a project or program, realigning projects that need rescuing, and delivering improved processes and technical solutions that result in tangible business value.
She is passionate about helping clients develop a culture of delivering the right results for their organization by aligning their strategy with execution and building strong collaborative teams to ensure that the initiative will succeed. She empowers leaders to step into their own leadership potential and establish environments where their teams can be successful through her project leadership and coaching programs.
Originally from Ireland, Annmarie moved to Vermont in 2006 after spending 10 years in New York City. She enjoys all the outdoors activities that Vermont has to offer and can be found on the ski slopes with her family in the winter and hiking and boating on the lake in the summer!
Annmarie has a BSc in Applied Computing from University of Ulster, Ireland. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute, the SAFe Scrum Master (SSM) credential and Leading Safe Agilist (SA) credential from Scaled Agile.
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