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Respect in the Workplace

I once knew a woman who was in a bad relationship. I never met her significant other, but she made random comments about how poorly he treated her. The interesting – and significant – thing was that she didn’t make these comments to complain about his behavior. They were stated in a matter-of-fact manner that […]
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Respect in the Workplace

I once knew a woman who was in a bad relationship. I never met her significant other, but she made random comments about how he treated her. The interesting – and significant – thing was that she didn’t make these comments to complain about his behavior. They were stated in a matter-of-fact manner that indicated […]
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5 Ways to Make Your Mentoring Memorable

We can teach, but we can’t always make people learn. Mentoring and coaching are a tricky business. We try our best to help others. But it doesn’t always stick. So here are five ways that you can mentor people and make the mentoring memorable. Let people fail Some folks advocate learning from the mistakes of […]
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Failure to Execute – I’ve Got it All in My Head

I have a friend who is a really good sales person. He is also very entrepreneurial. He has worked for other people for a number of years, but I’ve always been impressed by how he approaches his work like it is his own business. It shows commitment. He has been talking for a long time … Continue reading Failure to Execute – I’ve Got it All in My Head

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How to let someone fail in order to succeed.

When our kids were younger, my wife and I would occasionally get together with couples that didn’t have children. If our kids got into an argument, I would often stay out of it, getting involved only if things escalated out of control. At times, the other couple would ask why we didn’t get involved to […]
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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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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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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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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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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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The Importance of Leadership in Project Management

He managed his project like it was a finely tuned machine. One in which he could manipulate any aspect he wished with the turn of a gear or the press of a button. The problem was that it was not a machine, finely tuned or not. It was an organism. A living thing. It breathed … Continue reading The Importance of Leadership in Project Management

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How to Mentor for Maximum Benefit

We both sat there awkwardly. Two strangers thrown together. As the mentor, he felt obligated to start. But it was clear that he didn’t know what to say. He finally started by asking me about my background. I spent some time summarizing my career and asked him about his. He gave me a digest of […]
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