Helpful Articles and Tools for Executive Sponsors
Executive Sponsor's Importance and Role
When asked to identify the key contributors to the success of their change initiatives, participants in the Best Practices in Change Management study placed active and visible executive sponsorship at the top of the list.
How to Be an Effective Executive Sponsor
In contrast with the project leader, who focuses mostly on day-to-day execution, the sponsor role is much more strategic, focusing on creating conditions for success instead of tactical implementation.
Harvard Business Review, May 18, 2015
10 Do’s and Don’ts for the Executive Sponsor
My first outing as an executive sponsor … was less than memorable. … Unaware of what I was truly supposed to do, I treated the role as mostly ceremonial. I sent out the charter, attended the launch meeting, facilitated a couple of project reviews and made certain to keep the rest of the executive team apprised of the project’s progress.
Art Petty (2016)
Gain Executive Leadership Support in Project Management
Project Managers have a difficult job. By the nature of their role, they assume responsibility for forming an effective team to pursue and succeed with new initiatives. ... One of the most important factors promoting project success is the presence of an effective, engaged executive sponsor.
Art Petty (2019)
A Project Manager’s Guide to the Executive Sponsor Role: 4 Tips to Successfully Navigate
How to stop projects from derailing because of inadequate sponsor support.
Project Management, Eileen O'Loughlin (2019)
The High Cost of Low Performance
Pulse of the Profession, Project Management Institute (2016)
Prosci Sponsor Checklist for Change Management
Prosci's Sponsorship Checklist can be used as an audit tool to see if you are using best practices in how you engage the senior leaders on your change initiatives.
Prosci Change Management Articles
Research, tutorials and guidance from trusted sources in the field of change management.
Prosci Change Management Downloadable Tools
Free guides, templates, checklists and more … to help you manage change effectively in your organization
The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation
Why an organization's response to digital disruption should focus on people and processes and not necessarily on technology. Why an organization's response to digital disruption should focus on people and processes and not necessarily on technology.
MIT Press, Gerald C. Kane, Anh Nguyen Phillips, Jonathan R. Copulsky and Garth R. Andrus (2019)
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ctcLink Project Charters and Resources
- ctcLink Executive Sponsor Roster
- ctcLink Project Charter - includes roles and responsibilities of SBCTC, colleges and leadership
- ctcLink College Roles, Departmental Dependencies & Alignment - includes model for college governance structure
- Guiding Principles - developed and adopted in 2009 by WACTC, the system-wide presidents’ group; updated and reaffirmed in 2022
- ctcLink Project Benefits - list of ctcLink benefits for the college system, students and employees
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