Are You Willing to Finish?

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Published: April 21, 2015

“I’m done!”  The executive shouts with glee, and shakes hand with his team.  “We reached our goals!   All done now, we can go home and relax!” This scenario almost never happens.  The modern condition of work is almost never about being “done.”  There are always more things to do.  For some people on a project, […]

Meetings that Are about We, not Me

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Published: March 3, 2015

Nothing turns off a conversation faster than a one-sided sales pitch.  At least, that’s how I react.    When two people meet for business purposes, I always see the objective as “let’s build a relationship and find ways to help each other.”  I don’t want to take my time to hear someone pitch their position to […]

Choose Your Next Leader

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Published: February 10, 2015

It is a privilege to serve.  What a mighty privilege it is to be able to select one’s leader. In the past, few people had a choice to choose their leaders.  A military general commanded the troops, workers on an assembly line listened to the foreman, and the church commanded our religious and moral lives.  […]

Leaders Are Grateful for Diversity

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Published: February 4, 2015

  The members of a working team likely have some talents in common.  They also have talents that are different.  It is beneficial for a leader to find a way to merge the unique talents that are present.  Those varying skills may increase the conflict in a group, and they may also help the group […]

Signs That Conflict On Your Team Are Very Good Thing

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Published: December 30, 2014

No one wants to be surrounded by conflict. When we have a conflict, at the least we have to work harder; at the worst, we get wrapped up in an emotional maelstrom. We have so many memories of the turmoil that surrounds a conflict, that most of us will avoid it if we possibly can. […]

Change is emotional, personal and constant.

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Published: December 22, 2014

The Firesign Theater released a comedy album with the title, Everything You Know Is Wrong. I think today we could agree that what we knew 20 years ago is probably wrong today because things have changed. If you are responsible for a project at work, you must think about change, because the way your boss […]

Finding Significance In Project Management

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Published: December 11, 2014

  If you are a project manager, a lot of pressures call for your attention. You follow a time schedule. You conserve resources. You monitor the progress of the people who work with you. You report to the vice president of your company and explain the overall progress of your effort. There are a lot […]

Project manager: Think like a Leader

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Published: December 2, 2014

Project manager: if your work changes your organization, you need to think like a leader.   I believe this about many dedicated project managers: they focus on getting results. They understand how to use the right technology, prepare the right analysis, and build the right team. Great project management can help an enterprise gets results […]

Don’t Let Your Resistance Go Underground

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Published: November 24, 2014

  In warfare, resistance presents a dangerous opposition. It is hard to know how strong it is and where it will fight. Any estimates on the resources held by the resistance are speculative. When the resistance goes underground, it is dedicated to overthrowing the voice of authority. Project managers and change agents, don’t let your […]

Building A Team For Project Performance

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Published: November 18, 2014

How do you build a five-star team? Through appreciation, individual attention, challenging assignments, and involvement with something hugely meaningful. Even though your team may not have won any awards (yet), if you start with trust and rapport, you can build a team that you will proud to call, “a high-performance team.”   Start with trust. […]

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