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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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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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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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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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5 Steps to Conduct Amazing Annual Performance Reviews career May 24, 2022

Why are we talking about doing annual performance reviews now, when they are typically done at the end of a year? Because reviewing an employee’s performance is something that managers should be doing all year long. The paperwork at the end of the year becomes just a formality that...

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Ask These 4 Questions at Your Next Project Debrief career pm pmo project management May 02, 2022

The Blue Angels airshow is an example of aviation precision and excellence. Despite what appears to be flawless execution, mistakes occur during every show. Even the smallest mistake could be disastrous when you are flying three feet apart at hundreds of miles per hour. 

That’s why the...

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3 Ways to Stop Inflation from Eroding Your Project Management Skills career project management project management training Mar 18, 2022

Inflationary times, like the world is currently experiencing, erode the value of money. As inflation goes up, buying power goes down. That means the same amount of money at the beginning of the year will buy less goods and services at the end of the year. Put another way, you’ll need to...

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