18 Jun 2013 Bridgewater Marriott

The Power of Culture & Values in Project Success

PDP Information:
Program Number: C020-18062013
Program Title: The Power of Culture & Values in Project Success
PDUs: 1.5
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)

The meeting slides can be downloaded


Jeff Harmon
Values and culture are the intangible (and often neglected) drivers for project success.  A major reason for disappointing project results, especially on large projects, is a lack of time and effort put into the forming and storming phases of the project team and a failure to appreciate the difficulties in blending a mix of values to create a cohesive high performing project culture.  Identifying the values of team members and developing a project culture that is the foundation of every aspect of the project, will result in a more successful project outcome and a meaningful experience for the team.  This interactive workshop is designed to inspire and teach project and program managers to lead and work from a values based approach and to support those they lead to do the same.

  • Understand the benefits to your team and projects of creating a well-connected team and strong project team culture
  • Understand the risks of ignoring values and culture
  • Identify your top three personal values and the benefit to your work
  • Learn a simple, three part strategy to use when forming and storming a project team
Jeff Harmon is a character driven, results focused coaching professional with over 20 years of experience building relationships to equip leaders and organizations to successfully execute on strategic priorities. Jeff's ability to access the strengths and talents of individuals and distill the most complicated, overwhelming concepts into real, actionable steps has enabled him to help leaders to execute plans that produce results while also developing their capacity to lead their business.   Over Jeff’s career, he has either led or facilitated the delivery of over 100,000 hours of strategy in the financial services, information technology and non-profit industries.

Through Jeff's career, he maintained a passion of unconditionally supporting the individuals he worked with and helping them to achieve their professional and personal best through their shared work. This passion for people led Harmon to transition to leadership coaching part-time in 2007 and full-time in 2011.

As a certified coach, Jeff specializes in coaching business leaders; enhancing their effectiveness through the principles of servant leadership and training them to use a coach approach to drive performance and change.

Jeff has also developed a proprietary program called the “High Potential Leader Accelerator Program.”  The program is a combination of training, assessments, coaching and personal planning to accelerate a leader’s readiness for promotion and to assume roles of greater responsibility.

Jeff is the owner and head coach for Brilliance Within Coaching and Consulting, LLC and author of “The Anatomy of a Principled Leader: A Field Guide to Being the Type of Leader Everyone Dreams of Working for.”  

Jeff holds a degree in finance from the University of Central Florida, a certificate in servant leadership studies from the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, is a certified project management professional (PMP) and is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coach Federation.

Networking Program:

Topic: Today’s Job Market - Expectations, Perspectives and Effectiveness

If you follow the “standard process” in pursuing job opportunities, you may be experiencing inadequate responses. You may not like all of what you hear, but this presentation attempts to explain why you may be experiencing limited results when responding to job postings, and how you might achieve a more competitive edge in today’s job market.  By learning about the realities of job opportunities, the processes and your competition, your perspective and expectations of job boards and company career sites will change. You may be more motivated to pursue a Strategic (vs. reactive) approach.  Real-life examples of more effective methods will be provided, to help you apply these theories.

John Seber is responsible for all day-to-day operations of Velankani Information Systems staffing business. He has previously provided this presentation to networking groups, outplacement firms, NJ DOL’s PSGs, and technical schools in order to facilitate the effectiveness of the job search process.


Topic: Enjoy the summer, see you in September

Agile LCI:

Topic: An Informal Gathering introducing the LCI

An Informal Gathering introducing the LCI. We look forward to your active participation and welcome your input to make each panel discussion useful to you and fellow LCI members.

Beginners or advanced practitioners, Chickens, Pigs or Humans -- all are welcome and there's something guaranteed to be of interest to you!