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 5 Ways to Resolve Conflict on Projects conflict pm pmo teams Sep 29, 2022

One of the more dubious rites of passage in high school is witnessing (and hopefully, not being a part of) a cafeteria fight. Somebody says something wrong, looks at someone side-eyed, or heaven forbid, disrespects someone else. That’s all it takes to trigger a melee and attract an instant...

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Don’t Be a Project Manager Bull in a China Shop career project management Sep 21, 2022

The expression “a bull in a china shop” is a metaphor for someone who breaks things, makes mistakes, or causes damage in situations that require careful thinking or behavior. Imagine a bull sauntering down the row of a china shop: he barely fits into the aisle, and with every step...

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It Takes (Team)WORK to Make the Dream Work pmo project management resource management teams Sep 10, 2022

 No other soft skill has so many cliches emblazoned on motivational posters and hanging on office walls, as teamwork does. For example: 

“Teamwork makes the dream work”, 

“There’s no ‘I’ in Team”, and 

Together Everybody A...

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Six Soft Skills Every Project Manager Must Possess career project management soft skills Sep 09, 2022

A common expression for describing momentum in a career is that it’s not what you know, but who you know. This implies that you may be the smartest person in the room, but unless you know other people in the room, smarts alone will not help you move forward. 

How do you get to know...

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Practice Like You Are Going to Play career project management project management training training Aug 29, 2022

“I visualized where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there.” - Michael Jordan 

Many athletes use the technique of visualization to help improve their game. Clearly it worked for Michael Jordan,...

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7 Ways to Ease Back into Project Management Training career pm project management project management training training Aug 25, 2022

When a turtle becomes frightened, its head and four legs immediately retract into its shell until the danger passes. Once it perceives the threat is gone, its head will slowly emerge, followed by the legs, and then off it goes. This may take some time, but a little coaxing with food may get it...

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Is Your Work/Life Ratio Balanced? career Aug 17, 2022

In the event of a mid-flight emergency on a plane, oxygen masks drop out of compartments above the seats. This in itself would be terrifying. But, add to it the responsibility and stress of traveling with a child in such a crisis. Do you help the child first, by putting their mask on and making...

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Elevate Your Project Manager Game Aug 10, 2022

Stephen Curry is an American basketball player who plays point guard for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. He is world-renowned for his skills, and in his first five years with the league, shattered numerous NBA records. He went on to shatter his own records after that. One thing he is known...

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Can You Become a Project Management Mentor? career mentorship project management Jul 31, 2022

A woman in line at the drive-thru ordered her favorite morning coffee. She pulled up to the next window with money in hand and held it out the window to the cashier. “You don’t have to pay today,” said the cashier. “The customer ahead of you paid for your order.”...

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Implement Your Project Like NASA pm pmo project management Jul 27, 2022

Apollo 13 was the 1995 movie about America’s fifth crewed mission to the moon that launched in 1970. Two days in, an explosion on board the spacecraft deprived everyone of their much-needed oxygen supply and electrical power. NASA aborted the mission and the rest of the movie was about...

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What’s Your Problem? And, 7 Steps to Fixing It! career pm problem solving project management Jul 25, 2022

What’s your problem? Every day is filled with so many obstacles, where do you even start to answer that question as a project manager? There’s not enough time, resources, nor money to finish this project. Fix it. The client changed scope, again. Fix it. Delivery is running late but we...

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Do You Need an Organizational Chiropractor? pm pmo project management Jul 20, 2022

It’s happened to all of us before. You get out of a chair the wrong way or pick up something heavy and POP! Your back goes out! You double over, putting your hand on the pressure point to find relief from the unbearable pain, and try to catch your breath. When it becomes plain that no...

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