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Before You Set New Goals, Think about What You Will Stop Doing

Deciding to accomplish something new with your life when your current schedule is already booked solid is impossible. This is a major reason why goals are never achieved—the person just never cleared out enough time to really dedicate to pursuing the goal. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Elizabeth Grace Saunders shares some advice to streamline your time to ensure there is room to achieve goals. New Goals versus Old Problems Her first tip …

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3 Ways to Improve Your Decision-Making

Good decision-making comes from being able to make predictions about the future and judge the value of those outcomes. How can you bolster those abilities and tip the odds of making a good decision in your favor? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Walter Frick shares three straightforward tips: Be less certain. Ask, “How often does that typically happen?” Think probabilistically (and understand basic probability). Sharper Decisions On the subject of confidence, the discussion …

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Project Managers: Are You Making the Most of Your Brain?

Personal health and wellness have an important influence on your ability to do good work, but it is seldom discussed enough. It is just taken for granted that you are going to be awake, energetic, and engaged every day. But is that really the case? In a post for Strategy Execution, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen discusses some tips to keep your brain in tip-top work-ready shape. Preserving Mental Agility According to Madsen, aerobic exercise …

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Why We Should Be Disagreeing More at Work

Too many people feel that saying, “I disagree,” is the same thing as saying, “You’re an idiot. I hate you. Why are you here?” So instead, they just go along with someone else’s faulty logic, like being in the passenger seat with a drunk driver. In this way, the desire to avoid conflict can sometimes explode into much more disastrous situations. That means it is time to change your attitude about disagreeing. Amy Gallo shares …

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How to Prepare Yourself for a Career Move in Project Management

Once a project manager, always a project manager? Not necessarily. Regardless of the situation, you reserve the right to explore your options and break out in a new direction. In a post at Strategy Execution, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen discusses the steps you can take to prepare yourself for a career change: Be specific about what you want. Analyze feedback and past successes. Identify skill gaps. Update your CV. Network and meet with recruiters. …

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7 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2018

Social media—whether you hate it or whether you live on it, it has become a very significant new home of marketing. That means it would be prudent to keep an eye on how social media is evolving. In an article for Business 2 Community, George Beall predicts the trends we may see more of in 2018: Hiring talent for content creation Increased emphasis on video content Focus on user-generated content Increased use of stories Brand …

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How to Stay Focused When Assigned to Multiple Projects at Once

In theory, if you involve a person with specialized expertise in multiple projects, that person can “share the love” and sprinkle some genius across all of them. And that is true, but a lot of risks and friction come with that task-switching. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Heidi K. Gardner and Mark Mortensen describe how you can more safely and effectively manage your time across projects. Focus in Chunks First, you should prioritize …

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A Guide to Email Design Best Practices

In spite of all the new options that exist, email is still a major marketing tool. A good email campaign can crack open the gates to new business—but only if the design of the email is stellar. In a post at MageMail, Amanda Ng shares a comprehensive guide to email design best practices. The Email Starter Pack Ng touches upon almost everything one could think of, so here are just a few highlights to munch …

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5 Reasons Why People Fail the PMP Exam

The PMP credential is one of the most popular project management certifications out there. The exam to earn it can however be a challenge, and not everyone passes it, in spite of the availability of prep courses and other training materials. In an article for Project Times, PMP prep teacher Emil Tarka gives five different reasons he believes that people fail the PMP exam: Lack of preparation Difficult exam Turning the PMP exam into an …

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Untangling Your Organization’s Decision-Making

Armed with extensive analytics, and being mindful of the many biases that affect our perceptions, business leaders should be better equipped to make decisions than ever. However, business complexity has also increased such that decision-making accountability has become too messily dispersed. The final result is a tangle. In an article for McKinsey, Aaron De Smet, Gerald Lackey, and Leigh M. Weiss comprehensively address how to clean up decision-making processes in your business. Piercing the Impenetrable …

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