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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 to Improve Your Company’s Intranet

In spite of how important the work intranet is to effective internal communications, not all intranets are working to the best of their ability. Sometimes you won’t be able to find what you’re looking for, and other times there’s too much to sort through. In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco describes some ways to improve your intranet. Investing in Your Intranet The first point that DeNisco makes is that you need to know who …

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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 Recruit IT Talent without Having Top-Dollar Perks

Hiring new talent is one of the biggest problems facing IT today. The Google and Amazon tech giants seem to be able to scoop up all the best workers through great salaries, name recognition, and plenty of perks to go around. But in spite of all this, you can get and retain employees through some simple practices that can make all the difference. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin explains how to …

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Is It Time to Confront an Underperforming Vendor?

It’s hard to miss when you have a bad vendor. They’ve caused irreparable damage to a project and might need to be cut loose. But how do you have this conversation with the vendor and stay professional? In an article for ZDNet, Mary Shacklett explains the steps you should take before having that confrontational meeting with a poor vendor. Steps to Stop Bad Vendors With poor vendors, awful service isn’t usually a big bang occurrence; …

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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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CIOs Need to Start Applying Logic to Salaries

There are really no steadfast rules when it comes to working out employee salaries—and that can be a problem. In essence, someone new could come along to your team, and determining what to pay them can be greeted with a shoulder shrug and a guesstimate. In a post at the Accidental Successful CIO, Jim Anderson asks if it is time for CIOs to start applying logic to salaries. Salaries Need to Make Sense Salaried positions …

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