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How to Develop Your Managers into Leaders

There seems to be an odd stigma when it comes to being called a manager as opposed to a leader. The truth is both skill sets have their place. It takes time and effort to help mold an individual into someone who is at the front of the charge. In a post at his website, Art Petty explains how we can focus on developing managers as solid leaders from the very beginning. Leadership Development The …

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How to Engage Stakeholders through an Internal Blog

You deal with stakeholders on a daily basis through a variety of means. Have you ever tried blogging at them though? The idea actually holds a lot of merit. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall discusses how you can set up a useful internal blog that engages stakeholders. For the Self-Centered Projects Hall has used internal blogs as a mode of “pull communication” with stakeholders when implementing enterprise programs such as …

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How Change Management Fits into Projects

Project management and change management are two different dimensions, but they coexist and are always intersecting. In fact, many people are expected to play a hand in proper change management these days. In a post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin discusses the role of change management in projects today. Change Permeates All Harrin explains that change management is largely embedded into other roles and processes these days, and distributing it in …

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The Sponsor Makes or Breaks Your Project Success

Stormy times are upon us, literally, but also perhaps in the life of your project. A project sponsor is supposed to be your umbrella in the storm, in addition to the flashlight and the blinking directional signs. When the sponsor stops acting in any of those functions, you can get wet and lost real quick. In a post at Project Bliss, Leigh Espy explains the many benefits of great project sponsors—and what happens when they …

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Restore Trust to Turn Around a Languishing Project

Every once in a while, something will go so wrong that you might think to yourself, “Boy, how didn’t I see this coming?” And when that something happens to be your project, the feeling is even worse. In a post for Project Management Tips, Elizabeth Harrin shares a story from project manager Simon Murison about a project gone wrong and what was done to right it. Talk It Out A project in the retail sector …

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Use Feasibility Studies to Ensure Your Project Can Succeed

Pilot projects, management software, and agile implementations are all great avenues to getting a stronger hold on projects. But there might be something even simpler than those options for ensuring the viability of a pending project. In an article for Tech Pro Research, Mary Shacklett discusses the overlooked value of feasibility studies. Plausible Plans Shacklett describes feasibility studies as occurring during project preplanning, after project conception but before presentation of the project concept to management. …

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The Value of Transparency in Project Management

Executives are constantly being told that they need to express more transparency in how they lead the business. Project managers can benefit from this same attitude too. In a post for the Digital Project Manager, Jonathan Weber discusses why transparency has clear, strong value to project managers. The Power of Clarity In the first place, practicing and demanding more transparency within projects leads to more accountability and generally better performance. This is because nobody is …

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Control Job Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction in Project Management

Are job satisfaction and dissatisfaction opposites? Maybe not. In a post for Project Management Basics, Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy shares Herzberg’s two-factor theory as it applies to project management. According to this theory, the opposite of job satisfaction is merely the absence of job satisfaction, and the opposite of job dissatisfaction is the absence of job dissatisfaction. Word Math In this theory, the factors that contribute to job dissatisfaction are described as “hygiene factors,” whereas factors pertaining …

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The 4 Types of Project Manager

There is more than one way to grow a company, and project managers are actually at the core of that growth. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Carsten Lund Pedersen and Thomas Ritter identify four different types of project manager that can help the business grow in different ways. They say your organization should try to retain a healthy mixture of all four of these types: Executor Expert Gambler Prophet A Reliable Quartet The …

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Develop a Stakeholder Register the Right Way

In every project, there is always a chance that a stakeholder can throw a monkey wrench in and disrupt everything in an unpredictable way. Managing stakeholders requires a bit of administration, which can be made all the easier by using a stakeholder register. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall explains how to get the most out of a stakeholder register. Checking Out the Register Hall says that your register should contain …

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