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John Adams


“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy,” said John Adams. John Adams was the second president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. Adams graduated from Harvard College and his non-governmental occupation was a lawyer. Before he held the office of president he was a member of the Continental Congress, commissioner to France, foreign minister to the Netherlands and England, and vice president under George Washington. His major accomplishments prior to becoming president were the successful acquisition of funds for the Revolutionary War and the writing of the Massachusetts Constitution, which was the model for the U.S. Constitution. His significant presidential accomplishment was preventing a major conflict with France while improving trade and diplomatic relations with that country. Adams’ lesson for project managers and executive sponsors is to be or find a good mentor. 

This microblog is from The Dead Presidents Guide to Project Management by Jim Johnson. To read the rest of John Adams story and the other 39 dead presidents get your copy on LuLu @ http://www.lulu.com/shop/james-johnson/dead-presidents-guide-to-project-management/paperback/product-24023070.html

Jim Crear added: Adam's point of view changed from parent and teacher to mentor and guide as John Quincy entered the American political life.

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The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management considers 40 brief lessons that these great men have bestowed upon us. It is the author’s opinion that the job of president of the United States requires a lot of the same strengths and characteristics needed by both project managers and executive sponsors. Most projects need both a strong, skilled executive sponsor and a project manager (or if an organization follows an agile methodology such as Scrum, then a Scrum master and product owner); and both positions can learn from our dead presidents.
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