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How To Get Executives To Act For Project Success

April 12, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport
175 Jefferson Rd.
Rochester, NY 14623

Workshop Description:

Even world-class project managers won’t succeed unless they get their executives to act for project success. The trap of applying best practice project management only to have the project fail because of executive inaction or counteraction can be avoided. This is a how-to workshop based on the presenter’s recently published book of the same name. Through instructor lecture, facilitated discussion, and extensive in-class exercises, project managers will be able to learn how they can to get their executives to act and they will learn about the executive actions most likely to contribute to project success.

This workshop topic has drawn overflow audiences at PMI Global Congresses and has also been featured in the PM Network magazine. Students will learn about the sources of power available to the project manager and see how a project management council can be used to amplify their power. This workshop draws upon recent research about top performing project managers, about why executives fail, about why new products fail, and about the basis for a strong mutual partnership between project managers and executives. A list of top ten project manager actions is included. The instructor, who has written and presented papers each of the past 17 years at PMI Global Congress events, draws upon his years of experience to give students a key tool for success in managing projects in today's challenging environment.


Michael O’Brochta, ACP, PMP,  has managed hundreds of projects during the past thirty years, is an experienced line manager, author, lecturer, trainer, and consultant. He holds a master's degree in project management, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and is certified as an ACP and a PMP. As Zozer Inc. President, he is helping organizations raise their level of project management performance.

As senior project manager at the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), he led the development of highly complex top secret projects, programs, and systems; and he led the development of the project management and systems engineering training and certification program to mature practices agency-wide. Mr. O'Brochta led the development of standards and courses for the new U.S. Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers. He supported FAC-P/PM programs by providing subject matter expertise for instructional design and delivery to the Federal Acquisition Institute and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

He served at the PMI corporate level as Chair the Ethics Member Advisory Group where he led the development of the ethical decision-making framework and the new PMI ethics website; he is a graduate of the Leadership Institute Mater Class. Mr. O’Brochta has written and presented papers each of the past 17 years at PMI Global Congress events as well as at hundreds of international, and regional conferences. He is passionate about how to get executives to act for project success, great project managers, and how to kill bad projects. Since his recent climb of another of the world’s seven summits, he has been exploring the relationship between project management and mountain climbing.

PDUs Earned:   

  • 4.0 Leadership
  • 3.5 Strategic and Business Management




Registration and Continental Breakfast


Morning Session


Lunch (Provided)


Afternoon Session



$299.00 Member Ticket
$269.00 Earlybird rate before April 1

$319.00 Guest Ticket
$289.00 Earlybird rate before April 1


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