The whole world is watching

Megaevents bring big budgets, intense public scrutiny and legions of stakeholders. And looming over the entire project is that immovable deadline. Whether it's the Olympics, political conventions or massive citywide festivals, megaevents simply don't allow for scheduling slipups. This article discusses how megaevent project leaders can manage any megaevent. First, it looks at mitigating the opinions of stakeholders, noting that publicizing key milestones met along the way not only quells criticism, but it helps teams stay on track. It overviews how megaevent leaders must delegate responsibilities and trust their team to deliver the needed results. It then describes how the senior managing director for open championships and association relations for the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) (Far Hills, NJ, USA) manages the annual men's U.S. Open Championship. The article explores how hosting a megaevent can be costly but can also bring economic benefits to the host city. It then looks at how the CIO of the 2012 Democr
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