Eric Newcomer suggests the executive sponsor can learn from past projects, but should discern what is pertinent.
Bob Taylor suggests that the executive sponsors deal with arrogance by allowing the project to fail.
Mike Nemerowski suggests that executive sponsors have respect and stature around the subject they are sponsoring.
George Hogan suggests that executive sponsors have a habit of making sure that their decisions meet the organization’s strategy.
The Standish Group suggests it is crucial that the sponsor has a vested business interest and a commitment to a successful outcome.
Don Haderle suggests you pull the plug when you cannot find one happy person.