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The Everyday PM Podcast | "Creating High Value PMOs with Brendon Baker"

Brendon Baker, Managing Director of Valuable Change Co.

Brendon Baker established the Valuable Change Co. with one central mission in

mind: to Help Change Leaders Drive Real Value, but on his way found his secondary

mission: Fight Unnecessary Complexity. Where change isn’t about delivering on-time

or on-budget, but rather actually getting what you’re looking for out of it.

Brendon knew from the very beginning of his career that he didn’t want to do the

same thing day in and day out. After an accelerated schooling due to various ‘gifted and talented’ school programs, and a short stint in event management, Brendon found his initial calling - in Project Management. Earning his (metaphorical) stripes and scars on projects large and small across various sized organizations, Brendon then shifted into change consulting. In retrospect, Brendon has worn almost every different hat and performed almost

every role that exists in the world of changing organizations.

Through all this, there were three recurring themes: 

  1. First, Brendon had a knack for seeing through the complexity to find the simple, and doing so had huge benefit for the change he was working with. 

  2. Second, Brendon was able to make complex concepts - accessible. And not just personally, but was able to help others repeatedly do the same.

  3. And third, that broad, diverse experience meant that Brendon was able to help his clients connect together all of the essential elements needed for truly successful change.

It’s these themes that were at play as Brendon wrote his books (to date) - Valuable Change, and Creating High Value PMOs. Both of which were number 1 New Releases across multiple categories, with Valuable Change hitting bestseller status. And it’s those themes that Brendon brings to his clients everyday as part of the Valuable Change Co.

Here's a preview of what we chat about in this week's episode of The Everyday PM Podcast:

  • What are the top mistakes PMOs are making?

  • What is the secret behind every great PMO?

  • How can an organization avoid PMO stagnation?

Enjoyed this conversation with Brendon? Want to learn more about creating high value PMOs and implementing valuable change? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow Brendon and I on LinkedIn for more.

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Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc.

Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.

Managing Director of Valuable Change Co.

Brendon Baker is the author of the best-seller Valuable Change, and has consulted on over $10 Billion in key transformation projects and programs across a range of industries and organizational sizes. This has included public infrastructure, business/cultural transformations, shared service implementations, organizational restructures, process overhauls, technology deployments, social policy & more.

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