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PMI vs. Prince2

I have been asked a lot about Prince2 versus PMI (Project Management Institute) and wanted to address the differences. I will discuss the two different providers and certificates first and then provide some things which you should consider in your journey to become a...

Scope creep versus Failure to Scope

Scope creep is often cited as a reason why projects run over budget and behind schedule, but in same cases, the scope was never well defined. Capture your scope The key to a successful project is understanding the requirements and creating a project scope that reflects...

Why Project Managers need Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is about understanding yourself and those around you. People don't come with signs and as project managers we also have a role as project leaders.  By better understanding our own emotions and those around us we can lead our projects to success. Self...

Lead your team through the summer heat!

Leading your team through the summer heat can be a challenge.  The long, hot days of summer are upon us and it is difficult to focus.   How can we get through these dog days of summer? Keep it Cool When the weather gets warm temperatures...

Resting, Relaxing, and Rejuvenating

This weekend I took some time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate!  Life can be busy, chaotic, and hectic.  We have checklists and apps and apps that are checklists.  Sometimes to be more successful, we need to take a few moments to do less.  Learn the...

Organizational Change: Leading your Project Team

My organization is currently reorganizing to include both the hierarchy, missions, and physical work spaces.  Organizational change can take people outside of their comfort zones.  Change can be distracting and projects might suffer if team members get distracted by the change.  Refocus your team and...

Time: We all have 24 hours in a Day!

We all have 24 hours in a day.  The need to husband our time wisely came up three times in conversations that I had this week.  Everyday we wake up to unlimited choices on how we mange the most precious resource we have, our time! Prioritize When...

Generalities – Don’t exclude your audience!

Generalities can be inclusive, but also exclusive.  I learned this lesson about six months ago from one of the most charismatic speakers in the world today, Florian Mueck, at a conference in Madrid. Florian is a professional speaker on transformational communications, author, and game designer. His advice on...

Authentic Leaders are both Responsible & Accountable

  Have you ever had a leader who said what you wanted to hear, but actually acted completely different? Authentic leaders understand the importance of not only espousing a vision, but living their vision. They practice what they preach! It is hard to follow a leader...

Transactional vs. Transformational Leadership: Is it really either/or?

  Many people seem to think that transformational leadership is good and transactional leadership is bad. Business and leadership schools are constantly promoting the merits of transformational leadership and the need to provide followers with a vision and purpose.  Vision and purpose are great, but can only...

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