The Project Management Debate Podcast is a weekly podcast that explores different topics related to project management, transformation, strategy, and leadership. The format of this 20-25 minute podcast includes a key question that is debated by Philip and Mary Elizabeth Diab. The structure includes a brief introduction, opening statements, questions and answers, and closing statements. The podcast is hosted on SoundCloud and in the process of being published on the iTunes store. Listen and take part in the debate online.
Current salary is an effective indicator of candidate fitness
Matching job seeker expectations with hiring manager requirements is a juggling act that necessitates exchange of sensitive information. The ability to filter down candidates to a pool of qualified candidates is more art than science and requires an understanding of qualifications as well as a demonstration of capability. Evaluating candidates based on their current salary levels may offer an indication whether they match the job requirements or not, but is this a good criteria for evaluation? Is it even wise to do so in light of the bias that exists in the marketplace? This debate topic explores the motion "current salary is an effective indicator of candidate fitness and success potential for project manager positions." Listen to the debate and let us know what you think.
There is no room for introverts in project management
Cultural and societal bias has been toward extroversion being the preferred personality type when it comes to positions of leadership and management. Practically every MBA program trains its students to engage stakeholders in a similar way to that defined by Dale Carnegie in his ever popular boom Winning Friends and Influencing people. Do misconceptions exist when evaluating how introverts interact with others and lead teams or is there really no opportunity for them to take on positions of leadership? This episode of the PM Debate Podcast argues the motion "There is no room for introverts in project management." Listen to the debate and join the online discussion.
Project teams made up of volunteers are harder to manage than teams composed of staff members
The world of volunteerism is a very different world than the corporate world. However, are projects run in a different manner than those of the traditional corporate setting? Do project teams behave the same? Can a project manager who is highly successful in managing teams with company staff be as effective managing volunteers? This is the topic of debate in this episode of the PM Debate Podcast. Listen to the debate and let us know what you think.
Speaking truth to power is a skill that every project manager should master
Speaking truth to power has become a business catch phrase that seems to lose value as it develops in popularity. In today's project environment there is a tendency to shoot the messenger without ever having heard the message. But if management makes a bad decision based on incomplete or inaccurate information, isn't it the project manager's job to make them aware to address the issue? Can any project manager speak truth to power or do you need lots of experience and skills to be the bearer or unwelcome news? Listen to this episode of the PM debate podcast as we discuss "speaking truth to power is a skill that every project manager should master." Let us know what you think by visiting our page at facebook.com/pmdebate.
Is it better to hire an overqualified or underqualified candidate?
Approaching a job market so constantly in flux means that hiring managers face difficult choices between candidates. Finding the right fit for your vacancy is harder today because of the readily available technologies and the globalization of the job marketplace. Hiring an overqualified candidate allows the organization immediate success on projects while bringing on board a candidate with less qualification but significant potential positions organizational future sustainability. Join this episode of the PM debate podcast as we explore the motion: "As a hiring manager with no viable option to hire a solid match for your vacancy, you are far better positioned to hire an under qualified candidate than an overqualified one." Listen to the debate and let us know what you think.
Accepting a position that you are overqualified for places you at great risk of failure in your job
It is often refreshing to approach a job, and even a task, knowing you have all the qualifications and skills that that match the position description. Being able to hi the ground running in positions, especially in a project environment is a critical success factor. However is there such as thing as being overqualified for a job? If so, does it mean that you are probably not in the best position to lead by example. This podcast focuses on the issue of over-cosmetics. Listen to our podcast and let us know what you think.