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5 Ways a Project Manager Can Remove Obstacles

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

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Three Other Reasons to Mentor

My first mentors in my career were advisors. They were people I turned to with questions. We would meet on a frequent basis. In these meetings they would share ideas with me, tell me certain areas where I could improve, and generally provide guidance. I generally liked my mentors and enjoyed meeting with them. But […]
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Three Other Reasons to Mentor

My first mentors in my career were advisors. They were people I turned to with questions. We would meet on a frequent basis. In these meetings they would share ideas with me, tell me certain areas where I could improve, and generally provide guidance. I generally liked my mentors and enjoyed meeting with them. But […]
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How I Handled the Removal from a Project-Unfinished

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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The Forgotten Aspect of Effective Mentoring

I’ve mentored several people throughout my career. I’ve tried to see each person as the unique individual that they are. By trying to get to know them well, I tried to customize my advice to their wants and needs as an individual. Depending on their age and experience, they usually need different advice for different […]
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Critical Consulting Role: Prioritizer

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

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Applying the 80-20 Rule Every Day

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

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What My Wife Taught Me about Being a Good Student

My wife is a middle school teacher. Throughout the school year she is required to attend teachers’ institute sessions. As a kid, the term “teachers’ institute” simply meant a day off. But I have learned that teachers attend daylong sessions to learn new teaching techniques and advances in education. She has explained to me how […]
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4 Components of Business Alignment

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

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Dealing with the Office Jerk

My wife and I have been friends with another couple for many years. Our children are of similar ages and the kids are friends with each other. She was a stay-at-home mom for years while her kids were growing up. She taught me that being a stay-at-home mom was a full-time job. In addition to […]
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The Secret Sauce of Project Management: Beyond Art and Science

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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Your Career as a Novel

I was recently listening to a podcast in which a novelist was interviewed about her writing approach. She stated that she writes books backwards. She writes the climactic ending first. Then, she slowly writes back from that point to create the moments that lead up to that suspenseful ending. I thought it was an interesting […]
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Consulting Communication Tips

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

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