Thanks for the Feedback

Most of the best ideas don’t come from the top, they come from people familiar with the day to day work and those using the products and service an organization offers. Feedback from your organization’s customers (internal or external) is a great source of ideas for improving them. By graciously accepting feedback in a thankful way you’ll make the entire process much more meaningful and rewarding for everyone involved. This article explores five ways you can get the most out of performance feedback.

Read More

Skip the Meetings, Stay Informed

What you need to know, how you want to be informed and when you want to be informed will depend on your own style as well as the nature of your work. Here are four popular management techniques to keeping informed without spending valuable time in meetings.

Read More

Fine Wine and Boiled Frogs

For many, one of the most difficult aspects of managing project teams is the fact that sooner or later things will not go as planned. When that happens you need the confidence to hold difficult and uncomfortable conversations with key stakeholders. A former employer was fond of saying “Bad news isn’t like fine wine; it […]

Read More

Four Reasons the Perfect Solution Isn’t Perfect

The father of my childhood best friend was always tossing out one-line bits of wisdom that fit just about any situation.  As a boy I remember him saying “Perfection is the enemy of the good.”  I was several years into my career before I realized just how profound a statement that is.  During our academic […]

Read More

Build Rapport to Drive Higher Performance

When I was 18 years old I enlisted in the Virginia Army National Guard. The armory near my college was home to the 229th Engineers, a battalion of light combat engineers.  As a college student I was undeterred by the recruiter’s comments about the 229th not providing any marketable job training.  Although training in explosives […]

Read More

Who Cares About This Stuff?

It’s hard to overstate the importance of communications on a project. If you simply let your team know what needs to be done by when, they will find ways to get it done. Of course, project communications go beyond the immediate team. In order to effectively implement changes you’ll need to keep others informed as […]

Read More

Don’t Be A Chicken Little

We all know the story of Henny Penny, also known as Chicken Little. The poor bird was convinced the sky was falling and the world was coming to an end. Or how about the Greek myth of Cassandra? According to legend Apollo was so captivated by her beauty he bestowed upon her the ability to […]

Read More

Who Needs a Charter?

Recently a newscaster interviewed a retired General about the possibility of U.S. military intervention in Libya. The reporter asked the General how that would be done. He said he couldn’t answer the question without first understanding the objectives of such a mission. If the desired outcome was to ground the Libyan air force that would […]

Read More

Manage Issues and Action Items Like a Pro

I’ve never been very good at billiards but I enjoy playing. Years ago a friend, who was quite good, and I would play and he would give me pointers. If I didn’t have a clear shot he reminded me I should just find a way to get a ball closer to the pocket. Essentially he […]

Read More

Tips for Making Your Project Schedule Work

A project manager’s job is difficult enough and it’s even tougher if the project manager doesn’t have a solid schedule. Good schedules allow each team member to know what needs to be done, by when, and who’s responsible for making it happen. Occasionally teams achieve acceptable results without a schedule but they never really excel […]

Read More