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How to Not Be a Bossy Boss

One of the ills of becoming a new leader is that now you are a lot more susceptible to being a jerk. A bossy boss’s heavy-handed and disrespectful approach to people who were once peers can wreak havoc on a work environment. In a post to PM Hacks for IT Professionals, Cheryl Texeira gives tips on how to not be a bossy boss. Backing Away from Bossiness Let’s say you have an employee that’s late …

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Five Bad Communication Habits to Avoid

In a mediocre project, people are always aware that there are things they do not know, and they do not make an effort to seek clarification. They just get used to working under vague or incomplete direction instead, and the results are tenuous. A great project manager will not let that happen. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall describes five things not to allow in your project communications: Communicating only once …

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How New Managers Can Send the Right Leadership Signals

It’s finally happened: You’ve made the jump from worker bee into a management position. Now you have to prove you deserved it. How do you make sure that you set a positive example as a leader? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Amy Jen Su outlines the major points that will distinguish you as a capable manager. Leadership 101 As manager, one of the first steps you need to take is to create an …

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10 Things New Project Managers Should Know

One of the big ideas behind mentoring, knowledge management, and lessons learned (among other similar principles) is that we want to save others from making the same mistakes that we already have made. But often, people end up making those same mistakes anyway. So in a post at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, rather than give warnings, Elizabeth Harrin just shares 10 good-to-knows about project management: Manage scope. Learn the vocabulary. Review success continually. …

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Risk Management Rules You’re Breaking All the Time

There are some general rules and guidelines that we all need to follow when it comes to risk management, but we don’t always follow those rules as closely as we should. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall points out some of these things that we need to start doing again. Risk Rules Broken The first, and easiest, thing to remember about risk management is to not overcomplicate it. When writing down …

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How to Identify and Remove Resistance to Change

Most people don’t like having their workplace rhythm disrupted by change. The uncertain future that change brings can be pretty daunting, regardless of where you are in the company. So naturally, there’s going to be resistance from people affected by it. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Elizabeth Harrin explains how to assuage the apprehension toward change. Responding to Resistance Resistance is a completely natural response to change, especially if similar changes were …

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How Do Project Management and Change Management Compare?

Project management and change management often overlap when a project is underway. They both work intimately with the people, processes, and tools of the project all in relation to company as a whole. However, these two disciplines have different objectives when it comes to how this information is used. In an article for CIO magazine, Moira Alexander explains the differences between project management and change management and how change managers are important to any good …

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How to Make Your Project Meetings Work for You

Meetings often seem like more of a chore than an actual part of work. It’s incredibly easy to take a laptop in to “take notes” when in reality you’re doing everything besides taking notes because there is no way you are going to pay attention to this meeting. But if you trade places and are now the one presenting, how can you get people interested in a meeting? In a post for the Association for …

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Are Your Project Documents Helping or Hurting You?

Once you have gotten your project management certification, you typically want to put that new knowledge and power to work pretty quickly. Reviewing process inputs and outputs and downloading dozens of templates may feel like a way to take the bull by the horns. But such zeal can actually easily overwhelm you. In a post at PM Hacks for IT Professionals, Cheryl Texeira gives some advice on how to approach project management documentation from a …

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Liberate Your Team with Clearer Processes

In recent times, process has become the villain. Agile or not, teams rally around a goal of keeping process to a minimum so that they can just get down to the business of completing work. The problem is that some teams go too minimal, resulting in disorganization and ultimately frustrations. In an article for strategy+business, Elizabeth Doty explains how to “liberate” your team by introducing better processes. Go with the Flow A dearth of process …

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