In Search of Mr. GoodExecutiveSponsor

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    Bill Brantley

    Peter Sperry had a great comment on my posting about being a politically proficient project manager:

    “The relationship between the project manager and the executive sponsor has always seemed to be the most written about and the most misunderstood. Ideally, executive sponsors should be seeking project managers who can help them achieve organizational goals. But most of the literature seems to be about how prospective project managers should seek out and recruit executive sponsors. . .”

    I semi-disagree with Peter on this. Yes, executive sponsors should seek innovative projects but this seems to imply that only senior executives should be in charge of nurturing innovation. What about an internal group that sees a need for innovation and wants to bring it to the attention of the executive level? Shouldn’t there be both executives looking for innovation and the employees of the organization bringing innovative ideas to executives?

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