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Why You Should Avoid a Project Death March

Project managers might think of themselves as the protagonist in a blockbuster, where they take on the lead role but also all of the stress associated with it. But in an article for CIOReview, Ned Johnson writes that project managers should put themselves in the role of a stage manager who knows how to share the spotlight with other players, and gives space for the right one to play at the right time. The alternative ...

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You Might Be Right to Hate an Ugly Office

Does your office look dated, or just plain hideous? That could cost your business. Rose Leadem shares an infographic at Entrepreneur displaying the findings of a British survey on what in your office can create negative lasting impressions. For instance, 33.9 percent of respondents believe a cluttered workspace would be most likely to leave a bad lasting impression. Lack of natural light received 20.5 percent, and dated decorations received 19.1 percent. Poorly dressed staff—perhaps the ...

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Don’t Jump the Gun Leaving a Job You ‘Hate’

In an article for Fortune, Ian Siegel asks you to reconsider whether your current job is irredeemably awful (if you feel that way in the first place). He says to ask yourself a few questions first. The, ahem, first of them is, “Are you miserable?” As in genuinely miserable, where you dread having to go to work every single day. It could be you are just having a temporary rough patch. The second question is, ...

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So You’ve Realized Your Coworkers Hate You

If an anvil had to drop on someone in the office, your coworkers would unanimously nominate you. How did this happen? Well, let’s not sweat the ugly details and instead focus on improving your image. Jacquelyn Smith shares how in an article for Business Insider. In the first place, make sure the distaste for you is actually real and not just imagined. It could be that people simply disagree with your ideas, as opposed to ...

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4 Tips to Deal with the Coworker You Hate

A study of over 1,100 employees conducted by psychologists found something amusing: Coworkers considered difficult were described the way that people with personality disorders are described in professional manuals. In other words, that coworker you hate might really be a little nuts. In an article for Fast Company, Gwen Moran shares some tips to reassess how you approach this troublesome person: Reflect on your own history: It could be that you do not like the ...

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3 Small Tips for When You Love Your Job and Hate Your Boss

A popular phrase these days goes something like, “You don’t quit your job. You quit your boss.” Bosses just have a habit of being a central reason for dissatisfaction at work. In an article for the Muse, Stacey Lastoe gives some little tips for what to do when you love your job but are at wit’s end about your boss. Firstly, take a good, long look at your situation. Are the things that you hate ...

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What to Do When You Hate Your Boss

Having a bad boss hang over your work is like having a blizzard hang over your house—there is no escaping it, and it affects your outlook. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries shares five tips for handling this frustrating situation: Practice empathy: Bad bosses’ behaviors are typically a result of pressures and demands from their own bosses. Be mindful of this and make a deliberate effort to better ...

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Are You Tired of Missing Big Project Risks? 3 Ways to Stop It

I have had the privilege of managing two PMOs, both composed of several project managers. It was always interesting to watch—the best project managers were the ones who had a habit of identifying risks, both threats and opportunities. And these individuals did not perform the risk identification just once at the beginning of their projects. Rather, they had a habit of making time to reevaluate their projects with an eye toward new risks. Wise project ...

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CIOs Should Make 5 Changes to IT Funding in an Age of Digitization

The digital world is at our fingertips, and we have to digitize our products and operations to catch up with the fast pace of constant technological changes. As we rely on technology to go about our daily lives, CIOs are shifting their focus from projects to products, while getting up to speed with DevOps, IoT, and agile to maximize business capabilities and outcomes. Digitization means change and innovation, but it also requires a new approach ...

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How to Future-Proof Your Transformation Project

Nothing can be a solid insurance for digital transformation. Whatever looks outstanding today might look basic a few years from now. IT leaders are not only tasked with driving the digital transformation, but they are also responsible for adjusting quickly to the environmental changes during the journey. Peter Bendor-Samuel, in writing for CIO.com, says that there are three key decision-making areas that can determine the success of a breakthrough if handled with a future-proofing mindset: ...

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How Far Can CIOs Go in the Tech Career Path?

Maybe being a CIO is not the best thing that happens to your life if you have the ability to climb even higher on the executive ladder. But how do you know if there is a better place to be than a CIO’s desk? And what are the best things can a CIO really do? Mark Samuels, in writing for ZDNet, talks about the career path of CIOs and their future roles, which involve the ...

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Managing Transitions between Outsourcing Vendors

With apologies to Sir Walter Scott: Oh, what a tangled contract we write, when first we practice to outsource. Having managed outsourcing projects on behalf of both the customer and the third-party administrator, and managed transitions from one outsourcing firm to another on behalf of several clients, I have a lot of anecdotal evidence that outsourcing generally works best on a spreadsheet—in practice, results tend to be rather variable. But because most business decisions are ...

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Over 30 Years of Hacking—and No Improvements on the Horizon

It is 31 years ago that Cliff Stoll discovered a hacker tunneling into US government networks by passing through his computers at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Stoll was asked to clear up a billing discrepancy, discovered the German hacker who was working for the KGB, and alerted the US government managers of the networks that the hacker was targeting. He later wrote about it in The Cuckoo’s Egg, which remains an excellent read. Unfortunately, Stoll did better ...

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The Death of the Job Interview, and How Top Companies Are Replacing It

Interviewing is a pain for anyone who has to pass this all-in-or-nothing round. However, as the person on the other side of that table, you cannot tell if people are honest and telling the truth in an interview, unless you can read nonverbal signs or their minds. According to Ron Friedman, an award-winning social psychologist, we are creating a condition where people are being dishonest because it is the only way for them to get ...

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4 Hard Truths about the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing exponentially around us. As we want everything to be automated and connected, the IoT is really the “next big thing” that can make everything in our lives from streetlights to seaports “smart.” However, every good thing comes with a downside and some sorts of problems. Stephen Lawson, in writing for IT World, points out some IoT shortcomings in the long haul: Bad data Insecure consumer devices Changing technology ...

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