Project Portfolio Consultant, Speaker, Author & Training Expert



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Gerald J. Leonard  helps organizations "Develop a Culture That Works." He works with organizations and individuals to deliver the Right Projects the Right Way, and improve their Performance and Profits. He helps them to Grow their People to deliver a better Customer Experience and Results.



What People Are Saying

"In his presentation, he demonstrated a deep knowledge of portfolio management and responded with confidence to attendee questions."

Lance Holland, PMP, Enterprise Project Manager for ICS Nett, Inc

"His preparation and speaking skills were "top notch" and very well-received by attendees."

Keith Rosenbaum, Alliance Programs Administrator at Project Management Institute

"Gerald presented a professional assessment that directly addressed the issues we are facing and provided a road map which included quick win solutions that we could act on immediately."

Ibrahim El-Araby,PMP,PMOC,CSSBB Project Manager at EBA Engineering

"He approached this challenge with skill and dexterity, delivering a world class capability providing insights and intelligence into the project portfolio."

Stephen Ray, Chief Technology Officer at Cobb Systems Group

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PofE 076: Wally Famous Amos Innovator of the Chocolate Chip Cookie


"Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important. It's the only insurance against irrelevance. It's the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It's the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy." Gary Hamel


  • The Founder of Famous Amos Cookies, Wally Amos was born Wallace Amos Jr. on July 1, 1936, in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • He began on the path to becoming an American entrepreneur when his Aunt Delia baked homemade taught him how to bake her recipe for chocolate chip and pecan cookies.
  • His love of cooking led him to enroll in the Food Trades Vocational High School and he studied culinary arts for two years.

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PofE 075: PwC's 2014 Project Portfolio Management Trends and Insights

TrendsThree years ago I published a post on Project Portfolio Management Maturity and the PwC's 2012 global project management report which includes key survey results on Portfolio Management insights collected from over 1500 IT leaders in 38 countries. In 2014 PwC published another report and I've provided my thoughts and insights from reviewing the report and I've provided a list of lessons learned or take aways I've gleaned.

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PofE 074: John Maxwell, The Thought Leader of Leadership


The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

- Kenneth Hartley Blanchard Tweet: The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. 
- Kenneth Hartley Blanchard #PMOT #CIO


John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized expert on the principles of leadership. The founder of EQUIP, the John Maxwell Company and the author of numerous books that have sold more than 19 million copies. John has spoken to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders and provided leadership training to the National Football League, the United Nations and the Military Academy at West Point.


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PofE 073: Portfolio Management Categorization, Optimization and Re-calibration

Project Portfolio Management is one of the key activities that an organization can perform to consistently deliver business value to its stakeholders. According to Gartner, IT spending is on pace to grow by $3.8 Trillion globally in 2015 which is a 2.4 % increase from 2014. Despite this slow growth outlook, IT organizations can utilize the core competencies of Project Portfolio Management to drive greater value creation through the process of categorization, optimization and recalibration of their IT investment assets. This presentation will discuss the challenges of creating business value through the vehicle of project portfolio management by providing insight into:

  • A better understanding of value creation through project execution.
  • Aligning project selection and resource optimization with business needs.
  • Mapping project investment to organizational priorities.


PofE 072: 7 Principles For Developing A Culture That Works!

Great organizational culture accounts for a 20 to 30% performance improve according to Harvard Professor Emeritus James L. Heskett. Tweet: Great organizational culture accounts for a 20 to 30% performance improve according to Harvard Professor Heskett. #PMOT #CIO Leaders must implement the principles of great culture development to create a truly high performing organization. These are the same principles required to implement a world-class portfolio management capability for your chapters. This presentation reveals the 7 principles that successful organizations implement to develop a culture that works.

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PofE 071: 3 Ways To Improve Organizational Productivity With Portfolio Management

Productivity gains are key to the bottom line profits of your department and organization because they allow you to accomplish more with less. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the 3 vital elements that can help you and your organization increase its productivity gains by:

  • Cascading Activity Alignment
  • Optimizing Resource Utilization
  • Increasing throughput and value creation

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PofE 070: Making The Most of Your Constrained Resources

Achieving and maintaining an optimized resource allocation process is difficult and is a highly diffused process. During this webinar recording I will discuss ways to address this issue and review the following how to items:  

  • Create a pull resource planning process 
  • Develop a systematic capacity process 
  • Implemented a principles resource center decision framework
  • Practical Steps you can take to address this problem

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PofE 069: Dr. Willie Jolley, An Attitude of Excellence


The premise of “An Attitude of Excellence”, written by Dr. Willie Jolley is that excellence is the hallmark or touchstone for all high-performing organizations. Dr. Willie Jolley has delivered the content of this book to organizations such as Verizon Communication, Dell, Marriott, Walmart, and most notably Ford Motor Company. This book provides a new framework that he has developed to help organizations achieve two main objectives:

1)     To enable organizations to create a culture of excellence

2)     For individuals to have a personal framework for doing their best personally and professionally.

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PofE 068: How to Improve Your Organization's PPM Maturity Level

The essence of an IT strategic plan is to align the IT department with the organization’s strategic intent, vision and business objectives in concert with the senior executive team. The goal is to develop a road map of initiatives and activities that will enable the organization to achieve the vision, and optimize the IT resource capability to deliver on the promised benefits and outcomes needed to accomplish the firm’s mission. The purpose of this webinar is to review the maturity levels of an organization’s Project Portfolio Management practice that will help the firm accomplish this mission.

PofE 067: Book Review - Time Tactics of Very Successful People

Time Tactics of Very Successful People


The premise of “Time Tactics of Very Successful People”, is that we all have 24 hours in a day and that successful people and unsuccessful people all receive the same amount of time every day. The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is how they utilize the 24 hours a day they have been given in a way that produces results and creates value. Time management is a skill that you must master to be successful, however no one can actually manage time because time will march on whether we focus on it or not. What we can manage is our activities in a discipline and consistent manner that over time will deliver the outputs and outcomes we desire and enable you to accomplish more in a week than most people accomplish all year.

What I learned:

  • Spend time every day organizing your to do list. Once you have a complete list you want to ABC your priorities and determine the most critical tasks to complete that day. This becomes your A1 task. Brian Tracy refers to this activity is eating the ugliest frog first in his best-selling book, “Eat That Frog”.

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PofE 066: PPM Tips and Techniques

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Research has shown that top performing organizations that practice project portfolio management (PPM) and IT Governance have a 40% greater return on IT investments than their competitors. During this presentation the speaker will cover tips and techniques such as: 

  • How to develop a shared vision
  • Portfolio optimization practices that work 
  • How to categorize your PPM inventory 
  • Understanding the difference between portfolio, program and project management
  • How risk management impacts your PPM environment 
  • What top 3 soft skills must PPM managers develop 
  • PPM Governance - What framework are you using? 

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PofE 065: The Value of Portfolio Management

FOSE 2014 PMI Portfolio Management Presentation

High-performing organizations achieve results by utilizing portfolio management to select the right projects at the right time with the right resources based on a data-driven selection methodology. Portfolio management adds value to an organization’s bottom line by optimizing the organization’s capacity and capabilities to meet the demands of an ever changing market and technology trends. It does this by providing insight and global visibility of the organizations approved set of strategic criteria against a backdrop of organizational constraints. This presentation provides a few of the value creation processes that implementing a best in class portfolio management solution can provide to your organization.


PofE 064: Benjamin Graham - The Father of Value Investing

Business-ConceptPrinciples of Value Investing

Background and Challenges:

In 1894, Benjamin Graham was born in London England as Benjamin Grossbaum. His family moved to New York City when Benjamin was one. He grew up in poverty living in New York, but he used this experience to propel him to become a great student and lifelong learner. Benjamin’s hard work and study habits helped him win a scholarship to the prestigious Columbia University in New York City. It was also around this time that Benjamin Rosenbaum changed his name to Benjamin Graham so that he would fit with the Wall Street community in which he would eventually dominate.

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PofE 062: Rudy Giuliani – The Ideal Composite Risk Management Advisor

Risk-management-concept-arrow"Do not fear to step into the unknown, for where there is risk, there is also reward." by Lori Hard

Background and Challenges:

  • His father, Harold, worked for his brother’s mob-connected loan sharking business.
  • To get his family away from the mob-connections, Harold moved them to Long Island and instilled a deep respect for authority, order and personal property.

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