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How Project Managers Can Smooth Interdepartmental Conflict

The custodian in high school once taught a powerful statement to our crowded lunch room: “If it is to be, it’s up to me.” It means that we all play a part in making our environment better for ourselves and each other. That includes a hostile work environment. In an article for CIO.com, Moira Alexander explains what project managers can do to ease tension between departments. The Power Is Yours If conflict originates at the ...

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On Being Intrepid as a Project Manager

In an earlier age, someone might have been approvingly described as “intrepid,” from the Latin for “not alarmed.” Some naval vessels, including at least one aircraft carrier, have borne the name Intrepid. In the modern age, usage has deteriorated to the ironic or even humorous. Of course, that doesn’t make intrepid behavior—the ability to perform effectively under conditions of uncertainty in complex environments and difficult circumstances—any less valuable. Conditions of Uncertainty (Risk Management) The purpose ...

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5 Ways Great Managers Maintain Team Engagement

Software like Microsoft’s Workplace Analytics take seemingly trivial pieces of work data and extrapolate big conclusions from them. What trends in this data might be uncovered regarding management and employee engagement? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Ryan Fuller and Nina Shikaloff identify five behaviors of great managers found: Lead by example when it comes to working hours Ensure even allocation of work Maintain large internal networks across their company Appreciate the value of ...

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Why Scaling Leadership Development Is So Important

Very often, it is the quality of the leadership that decides if an initiative succeeds or fails. That makes it kind of crazy that so many organizations are not more interested in developing their managers at all levels. In an article for Business.com, Thuy Sindell shares data on how important it is to scale leadership development opportunities. Growth at Scale A study of 655 global organizations found that half of managers admit to “talent hoarding,” ...

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8 Approaches for Achieving IT Goals

There are great expectations for IT. Are you going to make good on them? In an article for CIO.com, Jennifer Lonoff Schiff discusses the ways that project managers and IT leaders can turn dreams into reality. Here are eight tips to succeed: Work your way backward. Define requirements up front. Consult with all stakeholders. Create specific, measurable goals. Divide large goals into smaller, more manageable goals. Use project management software. Track your progress. Celebrate success. ...

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What Science Tells Us about Leadership Potential

If you scrape together highlights from all of the available data on leadership, what picture emerges? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic attempts to answer that question. He has collected information on several of the most pressing leadership questions to expand our perspective on what constitutes leadership potential and why. The Portrait of Authority Get ready for a lot of numbers. For instance, research suggests between 30 and 60 percent of managers ...

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How to Be the Best Project Manager for Your Team

When it comes to running a business, you simply cannot have your cake and eat it too if you want to get the job done. You cannot be everyone’s best friend for fear of conflict. You have to find the right balance of care and candor in order to be able to lead your team. In a post for Project Management Basics, Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy goes over the dos and don’ts to be the best project ...

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7 Ways to Mitigate Risk on Projects

If you conduct your projects the right way, some risk management is already baked into the equation. But to best control your project’s fate, you need to get more mindful and explicit in your actions. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Elizabeth Harrin shares seven ways to mitigate risk and how to conduct each: Clarify the requirements. Get the right team. Spread the risk. Communicate and listen. Assess feasibility. Test everything. Have a ...

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Almost Perfect CSI: Doing Is Learning

“If you can’t do something right, then it’s not worth doing,” was something a stern professor told me early in my college career. With this sage advice in front of mind, I rapidly dropped his class, knowing that this method of learning might not work out for me in the long run. The trouble is that this mode of thought makes its way into everyday routine, not to mention how it infiltrates how we operate ...

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7 Critical Project Management Mistakes

How do good intentions result in smoldering craters? What series of mistakes resulted in this critical mass? When it comes to project management, there is any number of culprits. In an article for DZone, Jessica Morgan outlines seven potentially woeful mistakes: Selecting the wrong person to be project manager Communicating poorly Not dedicating enough time to planning Lacking clear project scope Setting unrealistic expectations and deadlines Ignoring risks Neglecting client satisfaction Moments of Impact A ...

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