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Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

CEO at Projects & Co

Brussels, Belgium

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Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is the global champion of project management and author of the "Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook" (HBR 2021). He has transformed project management into one of the central issues on every CEO’s 2030 agenda. He is the creator of concepts such as the "Hierarchy of Purpose” and the “Project Economy“; which argues that Projects are the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the C-suite to managing your careers.

Antonio’s research and global impact in modern management has been recognized by Thinkers50 with the prestigious award “Ideas into Practice” and is ranked #17 in the global gurus Top 30 list. He is part of Marshall Goldsmith 100 coaches.

He was the global Chairman of the Project Management Institute in 2016 and has been recognized as a Fellow of PMI for his contribution to the project management profession. He led the creation of the Brightline Initiative, founded of Projects & Co, and co-founded the Strategy Implementation Institute.

His work focuses on advising senior leaders on how to prioritize and implement strategic initiatives and lead transformational change.

Antonio is also the author of “Lead Successful Projects” (Penguin, 2019), “The Project Revolution” (LID, 2019). and “The Focused Organization” (Taylor&Francis, 2014), and has contributed to seven other books. A pioneer and leading authority in teaching and coaching senior executives the art and science of strategy execution and project management. Currently visiting professor at Duke CE, Instituto de Empresa, Solvay, Vlerick, Ecole des Ponts, and Skolkovo.

He is a much-in-demand speaker at events worldwide. Antonio has presented at more than 220 conferences around the world, regularly evaluated as the best speaker. European Business Summit, Strategy Leaders Forum, Gartner Summit, TEDx, and EU Cohesion Policy Conference; are some of the events he has delivered inspirational keynotes.

He is the Director of the Program Management Office at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines. Previously he worked as Head of Project Portfolio Management at BNP Paribas Fortis. Prior he was Head of Post-Merger Integration at Fortis Bank, leading the acquisition of ABN AMBRO, the largest in financial service history. He also worked for ten years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, becoming the global lead practitioner for project and change management.

Born in Madrid, Spain, and educated in Germany, Mexico, Italy, and the United States, Antonio is fluent in five languages. He is an Economists, has an MBA from London Business School and Insead's IDP.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: Brussels, Belgium
Speaking Topics: a) Project Management Reinvented to thrive in the Project Economy; b) Agile and Project Driven Organizations; a) Strategic and Digital Transformations

Antonio Nieto-RodriguezPoints
Academic0
Author250
Influencer79
Speaker0
Entrepreneur40
Total369

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Company Type: Company
Media Experience: 20 Years

Areas of Expertise

Agile
Business Strategy 40.49
Change Management 30.91
Digital Transformation
Ecosystems
Future of Work
Leadership 34.65
Management 40.26
Mergers and Acquisitions
Project Management 100
Sustainability

Industry Experience

Financial Services & Banking
Higher Education & Research
Pharmaceuticals
Professional Services

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10 Article/Blogs
ANR #59: Executive Project Sponsors: addressing the weakest link in Projects
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September 27, 2021
An inadequate and untrained sponsor in a project frequently leads to an unhappy team and almost inevitable project failure. Meet the executive sponsor to tell them the importance of the role and offer your assistance to coach them through the project.
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Tags: Leadership, Business Strategy, Project Management

ANR #58: Essential competencies post pandemic according to McKinsey: Project Management
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July 16, 2021
As part of the research for my next book with Harvard Business Review - the HBR Project Management Handbook – and leveraging HBR vast influence and access to executives, we just launched a global survey on the latest trends and future of the project management profession.
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ANR #57: HBR State of Project Management
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June 20, 2021

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ANR #56: Five Disruptive Trends in Project Management for 2021 and Beyond
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December 21, 2020
As part of the research for my next book with Harvard Business Review - the HBR Project Management Handbook – and leveraging HBR vast influence and access to executives, we just launched a global survey on the latest trends and future of the project management profession.
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ANR #55: HBR survey on Project Management – Need Your Help
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July 20, 2020
As part of the research for my next book with Harvard Business Review - the HBR Project Management Handbook – and leveraging HBR vast influence and access to executives, we just launched a global survey on the latest trends and future of the project management profession.
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ANR #54: Reconciling Societies through Projects
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June 12, 2020
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Tags: Business Strategy, Leadership, Project Management

ANR #53: Dorie Clark, Mark Langley, Alex Osterwalder, Ben Laker…
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May 05, 2020
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ANR #52: Strategy Implementation Professional certification in partnership with APMG
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April 29, 2020
The Strategy Implementation Institute has the pleasure to announce a partnership agreement with APMG International, one of the largest and most respected professional accreditation organizations, to increase competencies and recognition of implementation specialists.
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ANR #51: COVID19 Call to Action – But How to Make a Positive Impact?
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April 20, 2020
Since the outburst of the global coronavirus crisis, thousands of initiatives have been launched to bring some kind of support to those that have been impacted most severely. I guess that many of us felt an urgent call to action.
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ANR #50: HBR: “When is a Project a Project?” with Whitney Johnson | Corporate Rebels Interview
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February 21, 2020
I firmly believe that it is time that we co-create the Project Manifesto. My proposal is composed of the 12 guiding principles that you can see below. Appreciate if you can share your thoughts, add or challenge them, and ultimately endorse the Manifesto.
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4 Books
Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook: How to Launch, Lead, and Sponsor Successful Projects (HBR Handbooks)
Harvard Business Press
October 19, 2021
We're now living in the project economy. The number of projects initiated in all sectors has skyrocketed, and project management skills have become essential for every leader and manager. Still, project failure rates remain extremely high. Why? Leaders oversee too many projects and have too little visibility into them. Project managers struggle to translate their hands-on, technical knowledge up to senior management. The result? Worthy projects are starved of time and resources and fail to deliver benefits, while too much investment goes into the wrong projects. To compete in the project economy, you need to close this gap. The HBR Project Management Handbook shows you how.

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Lead Successful Projects
Penguin Business Experts Series
October 15, 2019
Are you struggling to juggle multiple projects? Do you often lose control of your budget? Does communicating your progress to the rest of your team cause you undue stress?

Project management is an essential skill for anyone who needs to get things done in any organisation, and is absolutely critical for anyone leading strategic change. In Lead Successful Projects, the Penguin Business Expert guide, Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez introduces a simplified but strategic approach to project management developed over the last 20 years coaching executives, managers and MBAs.

Learn how to break down your project into manageable elements, define smart goals and meet them in this concise and practical guide to project success.

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The Project Revolution
LID
February 14, 2019
Imagine a world in which most projects – personal, social, corporate, organizational and governmental – are successfully accomplished. That is the purpose and the reason for writing this book.

There is work to be done. Only a select few projects deliver their purpose, meet their expected goals, achieve sustainable benefits, satisfy most stakeholders, meet their deadlines and stay within their original financial budget. So what is the secret? What can we learn from the thousands of failed projects? And how can we develop a framework or tool that guarantees, or at least significantly increases the chance of, project success?

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Tags: Business Strategy, Management, Project Management

The Focused Organization: How Concentrating on a Few Key Initiatives Can Dramatically Improve Strategy Execution
Gower
April 15, 2013
In The Focused Organization Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez shows you how fewer, more effectively elected and managed projects are the key to strategic and long-term success. Using his own research and work experience he explains how and why those organizations that focus on just a few key initiatives can perform significantly better than unfocused organizations, not only financially but also in achieving their strategic objectives and motivating their staff. The author introduces a new way of looking at a company through two very different and often conflicting dimensions: running-the-business and changing-the-business. What you add to one dimension you have to subtract from the other one. Finding the right balance between these two dimensions represents one of the major challenges to successful strategy execution. Becoming a focused organization involves a radical change in the way companies are organized and the way they select and manage projects - the creation of a new culture. The Focused Organization discusses the characteristics that comprise a focused organization. It describes key areas where a focused organization builds its levels of maturity; provides examples of focused organizations that outperform the rest; and explains in practical steps how all enterprises can become focused. The book finishes with a unique and inspiring case study that transports us to the early days of the current business world. Through the main character, Benny White, we learn how a business was conducted and how management evolved over decades with the introduction of business theories, including project management.

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2 Founders
Projects & Company
Projects & Company
January 28, 2021
Projects & Co. is founded by a former consultant with 15+ years experience in the consulting industry. Our mission is to provide affordable low cost consulting to companies that have never considered consulting before or who are looking to reduce their cost for their consulting services. We also want to create a platform where our members can find the latest market intelligence, trends, and developments pertaining to their industry. We encourage the sharing of information to make consulting services available to a broad audience.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Change Management, Project Management

Strategy Implementation Institute
Strategy Implementation Institute
January 02, 2019
The Strategy Implementation Institute (the Institute) provides the training, certification and resources to people looking to acquire the knowledge and skills to be implementation professional.
Organizations are crafting strategy more frequently than at any other time in history.

This places a great demand on the ability to implement that strategy. Part of the challenge is that the current generation of leaders has been taught how to plan but not how to implement—at a time when implementation skills are highly required.

The high failure rate demonstrates this missing skills gap among leaders. It also drives the need for leaders to enhance their abilities and become recognized implementation specialists.

Whichever type of strategy you are implementing, the Institute provides you with the required skills through our online certification course.

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1 Influencer Award
Thinkers 50 - Ideas into Practice Award
Thinkers 50
October 31, 2017
Thinkers50 is the world’s most reliable resource for identifying, ranking, and sharing the leading management ideas of our age

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