Seize the Leadership Moment


By Ron Taylor 

Virginia, USA

Project managers in the real world may not have as much power as those in the PMBOK Guide, so seizing opportunities to influence others can often be the difference between success and failure.

Benjamin Franklin had a gift for seeing what others missed and for creating opportunities where others saw only obstacles. On one occasion Franklin used a leadership moment to turn an adversary into a lifelong friend. When he was seeking a second term as clerk in the Pennsylvania Legislature, he was opposed by a wealthy member who supported another candidate for the position. Franklin won the job, but knew he had created an adversary.

Knowing the wealthy man took great pride in his library, Franklin wrote him a note asking to borrow a rare, valuable book. Although the man did not like Franklin, he was obliged by social convention to loan him the book.

Franklin read it and returned it a week later with a note complimenting the man lavishly on his good taste in literature, and expressing his undying gratitude and appreciation for the man’s generosity.


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About the Author

flag-usaron-taylorRon Taylor MBA, PMP

Virginia, USA

Ron Taylor is an internationally-known leader, lecturer, author, and consultant, and the principal and founder of the Ron Taylor Group.  Ron served as President and CEO of a 10,000-person organization (PMIWDC) and was named Leader of the Year by the 500,000-person Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Ron is an Adjunct Professor in the MBA Programs at both Virginia Tech and George Mason University.  He is represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau, and his latest book, Leadership: Stories, Lessons and Uncommon Sense is available on Amazon.  Ron can be reached at [email protected]