Being a Project Sponsor
February, 2021 – Guy Thorpe – (3 min read)
I once worked with a Project Sponsor who everybody wanted to work with…..
And I found out why…
Some time ago when I was a junior PM, I made a blunder that resulted in a project delay and increased cost, which for me at the time felt cataclysmic!
I quickly let my #Sponsor know who immediately made time for me and we worked through what the next steps would be.
The morning of the #Project Steering Committee, in my head I could already hear the screeching wheels of the proverbial bus approaching that I was about to be thrown under…..
The Steering Committee comprised of a couple of stern-faced Executive Leaders (her contemporaries) and a notoriously tough senior supplier. My hands were sweating as the meeting started in anticipation of the grilling about to come.
She opened the meeting with “We” have identified a problem, it’s something I should have spotted, but “We” have a plan and this is what “We” propose we to do about it.
She took full “accountability” for the project under her stewardship. She didn’t pass it off, she owned it like a boss! I have never forgotten that lesson in what true Project Sponsorship is about.
What’s your Project Sponsor story?…..