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The Power of Giving “Actionable” Feedback (Part 1)

I listened intently to the Vice President as she passed me in the hallway, “Nice job on that business case. It gave me something to work with. I’ll clean it up, shorten it, and then show it to the board. … Continue reading

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The 1 “Killer” Mistake That Project Managers Make…and Why They Keep Making It!

Being a project manager is hard work. You have to deal with team members, sponsors, stakeholders, subject matter experts, and other nosey types that all have opinions. Some of these folks love to sit around and dissect every action and … Continue reading

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Use Your Turn Signals to Drive Your Career

Yesterday I was driving my car, following behind a blue Honda, when its driver made an abrupt and unannounced left turn onto a perpendicular street. My response was to step on my brakes and move dangerously to the right. I … Continue reading

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Hiring Mistakes Happen: Don’t Put Your Head in the Sand!

“I’ve never made a hiring mistake,” proudly proclaimed a senior business executive that I cornered at a recent cocktail party. I guess the look on my face highlighted my skepticism and he asked, “What, don’t you believe me?” It’s not that … Continue reading

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Corporate Politics for Project Managers 101

Project Managers are usually not very good at playing corporate politics. Sure, most are skilled at managing project sponsors and cross functional teams. The best are nimble at navigating complex organizational structures – but, project managers are usually not political … Continue reading

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Summertime Leadership Mantra: “Keep Them Moving”

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” ~ Sam Keen It’s hard to be a business or project leader in the summertime. Once the warm weather moves in and the barbeque season heats up, thoughts wander to outside of work … Continue reading

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6 Things to LOVE about Being a Project Manager

I came to a realization this week that I have been “bad mouthing” my profession. Much of what I’ve been writing lately about project management has focused on the negative stuff, the dark under-belly of the profession known only by … Continue reading

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