My son, a senior in high school, is a pitcher for the school’s baseball team. He’s been playing since he was five years old. I’ve watched him and many of his teammates grow up playing baseball. It’s been fun watching these boys develop as young men and as baseball players. Some have a natural talent. … Continue reading Consulting On the Bench – Still Part of the Team →
Whether you went to college, trade school or jumped right into the work place. Your initial goal was probably to get a job. It may have been in your area of study. You may have gone in a different direction depending on the job market. Once someone gets into their job, they get comfortable, complacent … Continue reading 6 Ways to Turn Your Job into a Career →
In the 1990s, I rarely missed an episode of Seinfeld. I still watch repeats when I find one while I’m channel surfing. I remember one episode where the consummate loser George Costanza gives a tip at the counter of a fast food restaurant. The server didn’t see him put the money in the jar. When … Continue reading Not Getting Credit: Consultant’s Dilemma →
I occasionally talk to fellow project managers. I’ve found that one of the most common things that PMs complain about is getting people on our teams to be team players. I’ll admit that it is important. I often wonder whether the project managers that I talk to are good team players themselves. I believe that … Continue reading How a Project Manager Can Be a Good Team Player →
Throughout my career, I’ve spent a lot of time on both sides of the interviewing desk. It is nerve-racking sitting on the opposite side of that desk. No matter how confident I was, I was sure they would ask that zinger that I couldn’t answer. Worse yet, I was afraid they would ask an easy … Continue reading Does Your Alma Mater Matter? →
One of the project manager’s key responsibilities is to remove obstacles. Many see management and leadership as an oversight task. Instead, a project manager should strive to balance being informed with getting involved when necessary. The role requires more leadership than management. This means not only knowing when to get involved, but how to get … Continue reading 5 Ways a Project Manager Can Remove Obstacles →
I’ve written before about how to deal with one’s removal from a project. But when it actually happened to me, I gained a better insight into what causes it and the best ways to deal with it. Set up to fail We all knew it was going to be a tough project. It was a … Continue reading How I Handled the Removal from a Project-Unfinished →
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One of my favorite books I used to read to my kids was The Mitten. It’s the story of a young boy walking in the woods and loses his mitten. A mole comes along and crawls in it to stay warm. Then, a rabbit sees the mitten and squeezes in with the mole. After that … Continue reading 6 Tips for Managing Scope on a Project →
I was recently at a client that had a lot of issues. Business was great. They had a lot of customers. They were experiencing a lot of growth. But because of that growth, they were beginning to hit the limit on their ability to serve their client base. Their servers were starting to hit their … Continue reading Critical Consulting Role: Prioritizer →
I recently met a college student who was studying psychology. He was one of the brightest and most ambitious young men I’ve met. He had dreams. He wanted to own his own business. “Not just a little sole proprietorship,” he told me. “I’m willing to start small. But I want to grow this business and … Continue reading Applying the 80-20 Rule Every Day →
Our family was watching a movie the other night. One of the actresses was familiar. My wife and I had seen her before. We sat there racking our brains for a few minutes when my daughter finally blurted out that she was in a TV series we used to watch. We looked over and saw … Continue reading Computing Everywhere: An IT Revolution →
If you’ve ever been to an air show in a major city, chances are that you’ve seen the Blue Angels perform. The Blue Angels are a flying aerobatic team. They fly six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft and perform maneuvers such as formation loops and barrel rolls. It amazes me that six jet airplanes can fly in formation … Continue reading 4 Components of Business Alignment →
I had lunch with a former client the other day. As we talked, I realized how different our careers had evolved. We both got our undergraduate and MBA degrees at the same universities. But he got a corporate job and I chose consulting. By looking at his LinkedIn profile – and his face – … Continue reading Managing Your Consulting Career →
Brian Williams became the NBC Nightly News anchor in December of 2004. In February of 2015, he was suspended for six months for incorrectly claiming that he had been in a helicopter that came under fire in 2003. The incident created a firestorm of debate regarding news reporters, their ability to tell the truth, and … Continue reading The Secret Sauce of Project Management: Beyond Art and Science →
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Michelle bristled as she looked across the conference room table at Chris. The client presentation was going well. That wasn’t the issue. Chris sat across from Michelle staring into his phone, typing messages and smiling on occasion. Chris was in his first year of consulting. Michelle had spoken to him several times about using his … Continue reading Consulting Communication Tips →
I once worked for a manager that had very little positive to say. He criticized just about everything anyone ever did. The term “Good job” just wasn’t in his vernacular. I wrote it off as just an oddity. I was fortunate enough to move on in my career to work for some great managers who … Continue reading Management By Criticism and Other Ways to Demotivate →
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