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How to Facilitate Project Communication

An orchestra conductor does not play any of the instruments in a symphony. His job is to coordinate each of the musicians that do play. This is a special form of communication between the conductor and the other musicians. Additionally, the musicians need to be able to communicate with each other. And the better they … Continue reading How to Facilitate Project Communication

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Career Management for Mentors

The advice you give today, could change the world tomorrow. When someone is charged with mentoring someone else, they are given a great responsibility. Although the mentee is certainly responsible for his own career, the mentor has a certain obligation to help in shaping the mentee’s career. The mentor will set examples, give advice, and […]
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Why You May Have a Bad Mentor

My son struggled with his statistics class last year. It was an advanced placement (AP) class, which is supposed to emulate college level coursework. He probably didn’t give it all of the attention that it required. But another major factor was that the teacher didn’t appear to care. He was a coach of a sport […]
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3 Things a Project Manager Should Never Do

I’ve learned a lot about project management over the years just through observation. I’ve been managed by project managers. I’ve also collaborated with PMs that managed projects in the same environment as me. I’ve had the experience in a consulting environment to co-manage a project with a client counterpart. I believe each of these experiences … Continue reading 3 Things a Project Manager Should Never Do

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5 Things a Mentor Can’t Teach

If you’ve ever gotten advice like “You don’t want that,” or “That’s not important to you,” you probably know what I’m talking about. I’ve had mentors, coaches, teachers, and managers who wanted me to be just like them. They weren’t giving me advice for me to be successful. They were giving advice for them to […]
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10 Ways to Be the Chief Executive Officer of your Career

The chief executive officer is the head honcho. The person in charge. He or she is the one that presumably calls the shots. The CEO is everything you should be for your own career. Here I discuss 10 parallels between what a CEO does and what you should be doing to be the chief executive … Continue reading 10 Ways to Be the Chief Executive Officer of your Career

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On Time – On Budget, and Completely Worthless

I’ve interviewed many people for the position of project manager. I’ll bet 90% of them had the term “On time – on budget” on their resume. I’ve had it on mine before too. It’s kind of a code word for project management success. But it doesn’t always translate to true success. The task master Most … Continue reading On Time – On Budget, and Completely Worthless

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The Number One Secret to Success

I attended my high school class reunion a few years ago. In the invitation was a questionnaire asking a few questions about our lives since high school. One of the questions they asked was “Who was your most influential teacher from your school years?” When I got to the reunion, there was a little pamphlet […]
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10 Ways to Have More Efficient Days

I meet busy people all the time. They’re the people who run from meeting to meeting. They’re usually running late. They start a to-do list, but they usually don’t finish writing out all of their tasks. They’re too busy attending to one emergency after another. People like this are in a constant mode of keeping … Continue reading 10 Ways to Have More Efficient Days

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How Checklist Project Management Can Make Your Project Fail

I managed a project once where we were implementing a system for several clients. We visited one of the clients where I met with their team, including my counterpart project manager. He seemed like a nice enough guy and we agreed that we would do our best to communicate and work together. Once the meetings … Continue reading How Checklist Project Management Can Make Your Project Fail

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The Options Approach to Mentoring

I’ve worked with many mentors in my career. I’ve also chatted with a few who have mentored others. I’ve come to the realization that every mentor has his or her own approach to mentoring. There is the heavy handed mentor. This is the type of mentor that tells the mentee what to do. “This worked […]
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5 Tips for Consulting Interviews

When I was a college senior interviewing with top consulting firms, I had two problems. Information about how to interview wasn’t readily available and I wasn’t ambitious enough to seek out what was there. I went into most of my interviews cold, just planning to be myself. And I failed miserably.  While I encourage people … Continue reading 5 Tips for Consulting Interviews

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The Secret Behind Why Your Genius Idea Isn’t Adopted

I once knew an executive to which many people attributed the “genius” title. She was very smart. She had come up with an excellent approach to solving a problem. It was simple. It was inexpensive to implement. Most of all, it was very effective. When people adopted the approach, it worked with unbelievable success. She … Continue reading The Secret Behind Why Your Genius Idea Isn’t Adopted

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3 Ways to Make Your Millennial Career Advice Memorable

Not long after I turned 16, my mother had surgery in a specialty hospital about three hours away from our home. My grandparents drove up to see her, but decided they weren’t up for the drive back. I offered to drive them. It was the first time I had the chance as an adult to […]
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