Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Leadership Lessons: Brian Duffy

I recently interviewed Brian Duffy of The Boeing Company to talk about the ins and outs of leadership in today’s competitive business landscape.  Duffy is a speaker at the upcoming ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts 2014 conference in Seattle. He will be presenting a workshop alongside Joe Reid entitled, “Requirements Management Best Practices at the Boeing Company.”

Check out what Duffy had to say:

IIR: Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life? 

Duffy: The best leader I worked for rallied the organization around a vision, worked with the leadership team to collaboratively develop a strategic plan to move the organization toward the vision, and used project management principles to turn the strategic plans into project plans. That’s when I made a career change to move into a project manager role.

IIR: How do you help a new employee understand the culture of your organization?

Duffy: As a project office we have developed a team operating plans that describe our products and services and our intended use of management best practices to run the organization.  It helps orient new employees that we have a strong emphasis on creating value for the company.  We consistently ask our internal customers how specifically our products and services are helping them achieve bottom-line business results.   

IIR: What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?

Duffy: I think leaders today need to recognize that the up and coming work force is entering the workplace better equipped to be more productive due to their technological savvy and with an ability to come up with wildly creative solutions to problems. The organizations that leverage that most effectively will rapidly see improvement in business results.   

Duffy will be speaking at ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts, taking place in Seattle, Washington September 22-24th at the W Hotel. The 2014 program is designed with courses for all training levels, a robust agenda, and most importantly tangible lessons which you can begin implementing the day you return to your office, making you even more valuable to your organization. PW&WCBA offers attendees 36 PDU/CDUs - that's more than half of the required credits necessary to maintain your certification in just one place.

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