Learn from it and then move on.

You are now finished with last week. Are you still working on your status report Good. Good. Depending on which template you use to track your project status, you might be answering questions such as: What went according to plan? What didn’t go according to plan? Why or why? This last question is the most important. What was the reason for everything going as planned? This is how you should move forward. What is the real reason for things not going as planned? What are the real reasons for the problems? Did a task get canceled because your subject matter […]

Leadership and managing: A false dichotomy

Kimberly Wiefling is currently on a leadership blogging spree at the UCSC Extension Silicon Valley’s “Art of Project Management”. Manage Cows, but LEAD People discusses the difference between leadership and management. Her post explains that even though someone is in high-ranking management positions, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are true leaders. Sometimes, leadership and management can be misunderstood as a dichotomy. They can be used together or separately. When I was first starting to manage people, I recall going to leadership training. Many managers claimed they were leaders, not managers. This seemed to me strange. It doesn’t have to […]

Leadership: Consistently with Change

Travis Anderson Guest Post Thomas N. Gilmore’s article, Effective Leadership during Organizational Transitions explains that leaders of organizations and programs need to pay attention to the seams between subordinate roles, and the overall strategic relationship of the business unit to its surroundings. Gilmore suggests that the organizational chart be drawn so that the leader is seen as a supervisor of the seams between people. This is a difficult concept, as one cannot call a seam into an office to give a status update. This is an analogy: Remember the story of the drunk who lost his keys and was found […]

Leadership – Effective and Defective Leadership Leadership is one of the most important things that can make a difference in the atmosphere in which we work. Each person will have their own definition of leadership. *Professor Peter Correa, my undergraduate professor, taught me that leadership consists of the following attributes.

Competence Confidence Character Commitment Think Act Influence I challenge readers to write in one sentence what leadership means to them. A leader is someone who is confident and competent, has character and is committed, can make decisions and take action through influencing. To achieve results, others must be encouraged. Effective Leadership Add an adjective to get the meaning of effective leader. Some people find it easiest to describe an effective leader by describing a deficient leader and then inverting the meaning. Everyone has had to deal with a deficient leader who made it difficult or impossible to accomplish a task […]

There were 700 PMI members last year. If you don’t know anything about it, spend a few minutes on their website at PMI.org to learn more and get their document “A guide for the Project Management Body of Knowledge.” The PMI is a large and diverse organisation. It hosts or convenes SIGs, which are interest groups. The “Students of Project Management SIG” is one of the PMI’s SIGs. It has a terrible website. It’s only a decade old, and it last year reached 700 members. You can become a PM student and get a discounted membership to the PMI.

Access to PMI publications (including the PMBOK). Access to PMI’s Library and The Jim Snyder Knowledge & Wisdom Center To share ideas, “best practices”, and ask for advice from “seasoned” PM practitioners in a peer group. It’s a competitive edge for students looking to work in the PM discipline. It’s a great advantage to be a part of the best project management organization in the entire world. Through the PMI publications, and the SIG, students are exposed to “best practice” information. You might want to consider joining. You might even be the one who fixes their terrible website!

How to deal with difficult employees and turn them into team players

If you’re looking for advice on how to create team players, then you’re most likely in one of the following situations: Either a new member of your team exhibits a negative behavior and has trouble fitting into the team, or you take over another team member and realize that they have a toxic coworker. You will most likely encounter “difficult” employees – employees who need a little push to become valuable members to the team. According to Beth Miller and Andre Lavoie, there is a 9-type of difficult employee that can be made into team players if they are managed […]

How to deal with a toxic coworker

No matter where you work, you will always meet at least one difficult coworker. This is not a new problem. We have had bad coworkers ever since the inception of organized work. If you don’t take care of your coworkers, they can ruin your work experience and possibly affect your career. Companies rely on teamwork. Teams need to be flexible, collaborative, and proactive. The negative effects of toxic employees on others are even more severe and devastating. They can not only cause a decrease in productivity, but they can also be mentally and physically draining. We will show you how […]

How to create an organizational culture

You have a great organizational culture in your company. This means that you have access to a nice break room where you can play foosball. It sounds like you have access to a fancy break room where you can play foosball. But, having an organizational culture is vital. It prevents chaos in the workplace, provides security, and helps to build a foundation for future company growth. What aspects should you focus on and what should be avoided? These questions were posed to CEOs, managers, and business owners. We gathered simple, straightforward advice. The Big Book of Team Culture This article […]

How to combat stress and burnout when working remotely

Guest post by Dmitri from SaneBox. We’ve seen a rapid transition to remote work over the past few months amid the COVID-19 epidemic. This sudden shift was unsurprising for those who were used to working in physical offices. Some employers were concerned that it would make it difficult to maintain team productivity. But, we should all be concerned about the longer-term consequences of this change. This is burnout. SaneBox has been operating as a distributed business for many years. It works for us, as we have people all over the country. We love the flexibility and freedom that comes from […]

How to choose the right team effectiveness model

Are you a Project Manager who has a team of people to manage? This is the place for you. We will go over eight models of team effectiveness, their key points and how to apply them correctly. Team effectiveness definition Let’s first define team effectiveness. It is the ability of a group of people with complementary skills to work together to achieve goals set by an authority, members or team leaders. What separates a team and a group? The interdependency of its members. Groups are often composed of individuals who coordinate their activities. Team members are committed to achieving shared […]