Emanuel as a Project Manager

Interesting article in the NYT about Rahm Emanuel and his management style -- Emanuel Wields Power Freely, and Faces the Risks. I`m not interested in any of the political propaganda and myth making in the article (although I do find that stuff entertaining at times), but instead I`m much more drawn to how Emanuel manages a president. That`s a difficult task in general and especially these days, but that`s what Chiefs of Staff do for the most part. And there are some simple project management lessons here that are obvious because the position is so high profile and this Chief of Staff plays that card to the max. The constant emailing and phone calling to extend presence. The requiring of and then responding to weekly written reports from staff members to keep people focused. The carrying around of note cards and to-do lists to not forget anything. The maintenance of a personal database of contacts running into the thousands of names to demonstrate influence. The mandating of deliverables so achievements can be measured and quantified. And the assertion of power as pervasively as possible in an effort to leverage and create even more power (or in Rahm`s case, intimidation). All of that is basic stuff to a good project manager. The difference is only scale.

So, I wonder how Emanuel would deal with some of the projects I am working on?
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He'd buy the problematic stakeholder's boss, and move on.

Posted by Mikael Gueck on August 27, 2009 at 06:10 AM JST #

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