Diamond Leadership – Optimized Capabilities

by MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

Effectively establishing and leading creative individuals, diverse teams and unique talents is critical to optimize the success of Enterprise performance. Yet, best practices DIAMOND LEADERSHIP = OPTIMIZED CAPABILITIESProject, Program and Portfolio Management (PM) require disciplined and structured orchestration, leading by means of clever maneuvering of the team of experts, to optimize their efficiency and proficiency.

These two seemingly opposing paradigms are in fact, effectively and successfully synchronized and integrated by continuously applying DIAMOND DYNAMICS®.

Organizations and enterprises identify their required, unique talents and skills to perform their critical functions, activities and tasks; and subsequently recruit and select the various individuals and/or teams. When performance does not meet expectations, it is typically not a competency issue…, the human resources are not incompetent, I have never seen a job ad that says: “Incompetents Please Apply”! Performance problems arise when individual or team capabilities are frustrated, human resources do not have the opportunity to perform optimally!

DIAMOND DYNAMICS® is the leadership difference. Optimize individual and team capabilities and performance, by optimizing the critical facets of the PERFORMANCE DIAMOND®: KNOWLEDGE, PROCESS, TECHNOLOGY AND PROFESSIONALISM. 


  1. Knowledge of work-assignments to effectively and successfully perform the functions and tasks of a project or program;
  2. Knowledge of functional specifications to successfully deliver quality products and services; and
  3. Knowledge of performance expectations to satisfy customer requirements and meet or exceed their expectations.


  1. Methods and procedures to promote innovative solutions
  2. Methods and procedures to ensure quality outputs; and
  3. Methods and procedures to enable proficient performance


  1. Tools and techniques to enhance communications, cooperation and collaboration;
  2. Tools and techniques to promote efficiencies; and
  3. Tools and techniques to optimize productivity.

Sustain and Promote PROFESSIONALISM:

  1. Expertise in a chosen profession;
  2. Certification in one or more professional disciplines; and
  3. Experience on various assignments and in various industry sectors.

Mine the facets of this precious stone and discover the diamond residing in each individual, every stakeholder and on every team.

Embrace and apply the concepts of the PERFORMANCE DIAMOND®:… the effective leadership technique, to promote and enhance the creativity and unique talent of various and diverse individuals and teams.


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