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Easy Ways to Reenergize Your Meetings

There are enough bad meetings in the universe that you would probably be hailed as a hero if you could be the one to run meetings that people actually like. Do you want to be that hero? In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall discusses some low-maintenance ways to inject real energy into your meetings. Electric Results For semi-regular meetings, just changing the location or the time of day can be an …

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Four Key Digital Project Management Trends for 2018

Project management changes at an admittedly glacial pace. Best practices crop up, and they stay best until someone makes a really excellent case to do otherwise. But year to year, some trends in project management are worth tracking. In an article for insideBIGDATA, Digital Program Manager Nigel Kirkman predicts four trends we may see unfold across 2018: Emotional intelligence PM certifications losing value Blended methodology Accountability and social responsibility What’s Happening in 2018 Emotional intelligence …

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The Basics You Should Know about the PMI-RMP

Do credentials make the employee? Not necessarily, but they help. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall answers these five basic questions about getting certified as a Risk Management Professional: What is the PMI-RMP®? Why should someone consider becoming a PMI-RMP®? What is the PMI-RMP® exam like? How should I prepare to take the PMI-RMP® exam? What study materials do I need? Risk Management Certification Hall starts off by defining the PMI-RMP: …

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As the CIO Rises, Does the CDO Fall?

It wasn’t all that long ago that everyone thought they had a handle on things before new business models, emerging technologies, and digital sprung up. CIOs are on the rise and are pivotal in balancing operations and moving the company forward. What about the much-touted CDO role though? In an article for ZDNet, Matthew Guarini uses data from Forrester to take the position that CIOs are capable of managing digital without a CDO. CIOs Edge …

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Foundational Issues to Revisit If You’re Struggling as a Manager

Not every manager has a rock-solid foundation to build their success upon. Sometimes, you’re just thrown into the position with little training and have to make the most of it. Anyone without the proper preparation is forced to fend for themselves and often find themselves struggling. In a post at his blog, Art Petty explains how you build or rebuild your foundations as a manager. Fixing the Foundation The first step to becoming a better …

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Is Execution Where Good Strategies Go to Die?

Ultimately, business strategy is one long, long game of telephone. Leaders set a direction for the business with a specific intent, and then they cross their fingers that everyone else will interpret that direction and intent correctly. But many times, excellent strategies fail just because the execution was all wrong. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Mark Bonchek identifies four mental gaps that are often at the root of bad execution. Mind the Gap …

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Managing Globally Distributed Project Teams

I started managing projects that included team members or customers outside the US in the mid-‘90s. In the beginning, it was one other country. Then two, and so on. These days, working with globally distributed project teams is my norm. A typical project will include people spread across five to 30 countries, three to five continents, and from three to seven time zones. As you would expect, it’s very different from managing a few folks …

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4 Secrets for Turning Insight into Execution

It can be incredibly rewarding to help an idea click in someone’s head. They now know what needs to be done or what was holding back success until this point. However, this bright idea can grow dim quickly if it’s not nurtured and reinforced. In an article for strategy+business, Elizabeth Doty explains how you can improve your follow-up in order to turn insight into execution: Document insights in real time, in vivid ways. Be rigorous …

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How to Collect Worker Data without Creeping Out Your Employees

Monitoring employees is a double-edged sword. On one hand, there’s all the data and understanding that comes from being able to see what your employees do. It’s a high priority in most companies, but enacting this could very easily alienate employees as well. How do you strike a balance? In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett explains how to monitor your employees without being creepy. Data Creep More often than not, your employees are more …

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Why CIOs Might Be Thinking about GDPR Compliance All Wrong

GDPR is going to require CIOs to rethink the way they approach the business once it launches. Getting the implementation right is going to take some work. In an article for Forbes, Stan Christiaens explains three ways CIOs can change their thinking to take on GDPR in the future: Consider who is in charge. Think outside the box. Offense is the best defense. Rethinking GDPR Christiaens has this to say about considering who is in …

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