anthony reedFinding the I in TEAM

Project Management Lessons From Some of the World's Toughest Marathons

 Anthony Reed, CPA, PMP, MBA, MS

Successful endurance athletes and project managers exhibit the same characteristics to thrive. They manage change by taking calculated risks and gradually expanding their comfort zones. They must incorporate change, manage risk, and motivate people to go up hill at a time when they want to quit. All of this must be achieved in a stressful, challenging business environment.

  • Running up and down 3,600 steps during the Great Wall Marathon is like managing a 3,600-task project schedule.
  • Fighting through the Antarctica Marathon’s bitter cold relates to setting realistic project goals and self motivation.
  • Encountering predators on Kenya’s SafriCom Lewa Marathon course is like managing pro-ject risks and mitigation.

The presenter’s team implemented a $12 million IT project for (only) $2.6 million. Another team completed a twenty-seven month project in nine months. He shares his experiences as a corpo-rate IT executive and finisher of over one hundred, 26.2-mile marathons to show you methods to lead people using marathon techniques and strategies. He’s also one of about 300 people in the world to have completed a marathon on all seven continents, including Antarctica.

Mr. Reed is an IT professional with twenty-five years in management and executive positions for various Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities, and large consulting firms. The responsibilities included managing multi-million dollar departmental budgets and staffing blends of international, multi-generational, multi-cultural employees and consultants. He’s been interviewed on radio and webcast programs and featured in the business, travel, and sports sections of major newspapers and publications across the country. This includes the PMI Today, Dallas Morning News, Runner’s World, Southern Living, Ebony, and the Journal of Accountancy. He holds a MBA (management), MS (accounting), and two undergraduate (management and mathematics) degrees.

He’s also taught undergraduate and graduate project management courses. He has five books and over fifty articles published. The articles have appeared in ComputerWorld, Datamation, Career Focus, and Runner’s World magazines. His latest book, Running to Leadership: What Finishing 100+ Marathons on All Seven Continents Teaches Us About Success, emphasizes building leaders.

His professional and athletic exploits were featured in many articles. He's the first Black and one of fewer than 250 people who have completed a 26.2-mile marathon on every continent. He was also on the Oracle Applications Users’ Group (OAUG) Board of Directors and The Dallas Oracle Users’ Group CIO Advisory Board. Anthony is on the Board of Directors for the Dallas White Rock Marathon.

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