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7 Tips to Improve Your Leadership people resource management risk management Jul 03, 2022

With outstanding leadership comes great responsibility. For example, suppose you are a project leader, whether a project manager or team lead. It's up to you to communicate clearly with your team and manage their expectations. Luckily, there are some things that you can do as a leader to make...

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4 Ways to Build Project Management Competency people project integration management resource management May 15, 2022

I frequently receive questions such as how do I get started as a project manager and how do I learn more about project management.  It takes time to learn.  You will also need to learn not just best practices but the practices your organization already employs.

This post is not about...

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5 Tips to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence people resource management Mar 13, 2022

Emotional intelligence (aka EQ) is recognizing, comprehending, and responding to our own emotions. As with leadership, there is much debate over whether EQ is learned or occurs naturally. But despite the controversy, project leaders need to develop and expand their EQ.

Why is EQ important for...

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6 Tips for Improving Your Leadership people project integration management resource management Feb 20, 2022

While the role or job title might be project manager, project managers also need to act as leaders. They need to help set the vision for the project and motivate the team to work by influence. Here are six tips to improve your leadership skills to lead project teams better.

Be self-aware...

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5 Tips for Working with Remote Teams people resource management Nov 28, 2021

While the global pandemic meant many started working remotely as early as 2019, the idea of remote teams is not new.  In fact, I've been working with remote teams since the 1970s and found these next 5 tips to be helpful:

Respect differences. The diversity of teams becomes more apparent in...

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3 Major Skills Every Project Manager Needs to Succeed communications management people project integration management resource management Oct 03, 2021

To be successful, project managers need many different and diverse skills, ranging from expertise in their industry to business, and of course, project management technical skills.  Someone recently asked my what major skills project managers need.

To respond to this question, I grouped the...

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5 Tried-and-True Strategies for Entrepreneurial Success business resource management Sep 12, 2021

You’ve gotten your business off the ground - but now, you want to take your company to the next level by running a tighter ship. You might be wondering which projects and process improvements you should prioritize first. From working with PPC Group to establish efficient project management...

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Alternatives to "No" people resource management Aug 22, 2021

The best project managers learn to say “no” without actually using the word “no.”  “No” has an air of finality and dis-empowers the team.  It is also a good idea to avoid phrases like “Yes, but …”  There are some better ways to...

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Know Your Team people resource management Jul 25, 2021

As a project manager, you need to manage your team by influence and motivate them to complete the project.  How can you do this?  First and foremost, get to know your team very well. Find out more about their interests and aspirations and use this information to make better assignments...

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6 Tips to Make the Unpredicatable Predictable people project integration management resource management scope management technical Jul 04, 2021

Predictability helps organizations more effectively and efficiently manage people, cash, and other resources.  And predictable projects usually finish sooner than others as well.

I often hear talk about how unpredictable projects are because <insert any excuse here>. By following some...

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GRADuate to Highly Creative Teams people resource management Jun 20, 2021

A natural outcome of project management is increased team creativity and innovation. But some projects will need more than others.  For example, if you are a creative marketing team or have complex problems to solve as part of the project. 

Want your project teams to be more creative...

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5 Common Barriers to Successful Delegation people resource management stakeholder management Mar 14, 2021

Last week we looked at 4 Steps to Diligently Delegate.  There are five very common barriers to enacting a successful delegation. Good project managers understand what these are and avoid the pitfalls.

1.  The project manager may have a personal interest in the task. While you may have a...

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