PEMAC – Who’s on First – The Sponsor

June 30, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

By Laura Kennett

Are you a frustrated and confused Asset Manager, Maintenance Manager, Project Manager or Program Manager because there is a lack of clarity on who is really the decision-maker? If you’re needing to commiserate with other frustrated comrades, this 1938 play by Abbott and Costello will bring you some comic relief while highlighting a persistently annoying gap in role clarity: Who is the real Sponsor of the work? What is the Sponsor’s role? And, is the Sponsor is the same as the Asset Manager? “Who’s on first. What’s on second. And I Don’t Know is on third!” These three simple sentences from Abbott and Costello’s classic skit may appear puzzling because they begin with questioning words but lack question marks, but these sentences lead us to dig into role clarity. Join Laura Kennett on a journey to understand why the Sponsor is not only important for success, but essential. Laura will provide first-hand guidance to asset and maintenance practitioners on recognizing a good Sponsor or surviving a bad one and the skills and behaviours Sponsors should exhibit to ensure the “right” work is being sanctioned and supported.

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