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Resting, Relaxing, and Rejuvenating

May 29, 2017

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 importance of resting, relaxing, and rejuvenating to be more productive Rest The […]

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Why use both a RACI Matrix with a Swim Lane Diagram?

May 16, 2017

My recent contribution to ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT So glad to be able to share with such a great community! Both a RACI Matrix and a Swim Lane Diagram can be used to improve project team communications.  Often project managers use either one or the other of these tools, to improve communications, both tools can be used […]

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Organizational Change: Leading your Project Team

May 14, 2017

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 assist them with adjusting to organizational change. Change  Many people are […]

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Time: We all have 24 hours in a Day!

May 7, 2017

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 starting your day you need to set your priorities. […]

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Traveling for Marathons and Road Races

May 1, 2017

Traveling for marathons can be a wonderful opportunity to explore both cities and the countryside while you are traveling. If you’re not feeling adventurous to do run the full 42km, there are plenty of shorter races in a variety of locations. Recently I was able to run the Washington DC Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon. […]

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Generalities – Don’t exclude your audience!

April 30, 2017

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 communications and public speaking is invaluable. Ask the Question Generalities can […]

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Authentic Leaders are both Responsible & Accountable

April 25, 2017

  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 when you hear them say one thing and then do […]

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

April 17, 2017

  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 be focused on after a persons basic level needs are […]

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What is your opportunity cost?

April 8, 2017

Are you tracking the true costs of your projects? I recently had a discussion with a good friend of mine regarding the cost of my new book, “The Project Manager”. I had calculated how may books I needed to sell to recoup my original investment. He laughed at me when I told him my estimate […]

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IT Project Management: Why include Cyber Security from the Start

April 2, 2017

  Why include Cyber Security from the Start Cyber security risks continue to grow each year and is a billion dollar industry.  Project Managers that include cyber security throughout the project lifecycle can save their organization money, time, and better align projects to the overall cyber security strategy of the organization.  When an organizations’ system is compromised they […]

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