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6 Steps for Effective Project Communication

How could he not understand what we’re doing? I couldn’t have made it more clearly to him. That feeling has probably gone through every project manager’s mind at one time or another. You have developed what seems like an easy concept in your mind. You quickly relay that information to someone else. Maybe they didn’t … Continue reading 6 Steps for Effective Project Communication

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Mentor the Mentor: Even Mentors Need Direction

Case Study Imagine the situation where you have a young and inexperienced team that needs mentoring. You have assigned a manager to lead this team. Explaining that they lack a lot of needed experience, you give the manager instructions to mentor them. After a few weeks on the job, you see that he isn’t doing […]
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3 Skills Required to Get Hired in Management Consulting

If somebody mentions consulting, many things may come to mind, mainly because there are so many types of consulting. There are consultants in virtually every industry that will provide any number of services needed by their clients. But regardless of the industry or service sector, there are three primary categories of consultants. Staff augmentation (Staff … Continue reading 3 Skills Required to Get Hired in Management Consulting

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5 Ways to Align IT with the Business

Looking back at every project in which I’ve been involved, I’ve seen successes and failures. There are many reasons for each outcome. But I believe the reason with the most correlation is business alignment. To align IT with the business is one of the most critical aspects of a project, and perhaps the most difficult … Continue reading 5 Ways to Align IT with the Business

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6 Things You Say That Could Cost You the Job

Sometimes it happens within five minutes of an interview. Someone says something that makes me immediately decide not to hire them. Then I have a problem. I have to pretend I’m still interested, still deciding whether to hire them. In fact, I know that I’m wasting both my time and the time of the candidate. […]
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Consulting Sales and Business Development

I recently had a conversation with someone who owns his own small sporting goods business. He told me he wasn’t interested in sales. “I just don’t like cramming something down somebody’s throat that they don’t want.” He told me. That doesn’t sound very desirable. But then again, that is not what good selling is about.  … Continue reading Consulting Sales and Business Development

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How to Create a Project Communication Plan

Communication is one of the most difficult things a project manager has to manage within an organization. Meaningful information must be gathered and distributed among the many stakeholders on a project. Because of this, it is important to create a project communication plan at the beginning of a project. It should be updated as stakeholders … Continue reading How to Create a Project Communication Plan

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The 2 Reasons to Argue

I was in a meeting with two other people the other day. They both seem to get along with each other, but the two of them couldn’t be more different from each other. For the sake of this blog I’ll call them Frank and Sam. Frank Frank is a very down to earth person. He […]
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Consulting On the Bench – Still Part of the Team

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

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6 Ways to Turn Your Job into a Career

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

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How To Have a Career Instead of a Job

I mentor college students at my alma mater. When I attended school there as a computer science major, the primary language I learned was COBOL. COBOL was one of the most common computer programming languages for business applications in the 1970s and 80s. As web-based applications came into play in the 1990s, few new applications […]
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Not Getting Credit: Consultant’s Dilemma

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

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How a Project Manager Can Be a Good Team Player

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

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The Millennial Impact on Technology

The 1990s was a great decade. It brought us Seinfeld, The Macarena, Michael Jordan, and the impending doom of Y2K hanging over our heads. It also brought the internet and mobile phones (once called car phones) into common, everyday use. People born in and around that decade grew up not knowing what life was like […]
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