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5 Project Management Skills all Leaders Should Master to Ensure Project Success

The art and science of project management are constantly changing and evolving with new industry trends. Even though many of the tried and tested methods and practices will prevail in 2020 and the years to come, you as a project management expert need to stay on top of the latest trends in your field and embrace continuous growth and development to ensure productivity and the success of every project. After all, one of the hallmarks of...

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How to Translate Leadership Stress into Performance Improvement

A client checking in with me for a coaching call described his morning’s activities as follows: “I started my day by firing a long-standing employee for an ethical violation. Then I made a final decision on a strategic hire for our sales team. After extending the offer, I met with the senior management group and convinced them to fund new strategic investments and put a dagger in the heart of a major legacy product category. And...

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How Did Project Management Skills Prepare Us for the New Normal?

“Reopening schools” has been the buzz phrase in the news recently and much of the rhetoric has revolved around economic impact, the safety of students, and the potential for increased Coronavirus outbreaks.  But what’s really behind something that seems to be such a simple project — reopening classroom doors? Let’s take, for example, a contained entity (like a university) and first try to understand the question being asked:...

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Adept Leadership: How Continuous Growth and Development Cultivates Productivity

Change is an inescapable reality. Perhaps there’s no other entity that can genuinely attest to this than a business. Sometimes, change comes from within, in one’s attempt to improve. At other times, it’s external, in the form of new market preferences, competitor landscape, or government regulations.  Today, the change is wrapped in a crisis. The pandemic compelled businesses to embrace digital transformation. From team meetings...

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Ask a PM: A Guide to Action Log Tasks and Activities

“Dear Elizabeth: What would constitute an action for the log versus a task in the project plan schedule? I don’t know where to put my tasks, and it’s confusing to have them in two places.” This is actually a pretty common question; I’d say it comes up at least once a month! So, first: know that you are not alone in wondering what goes on the project schedule and what tasks are better suited to a to-do list or action...

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The Importance of ICT for Project Management

Information and communications technology (ICT) plays a profound role in any business growth. It improves employee communication, automates many business operations, and enhances the transparency of your projects. That will enhance client and employee satisfaction, increase profits, and give you a chance to grow. Here is how ICT can boost your project management. 1. Better Employee Collaboration and Productivity As your team grows, it...

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5 Methods to Gain Project Schedule Buy-In

“Dear Elizabeth: I am working with a group of very knowledgeable subject matter experts. They have 15-20+ years of experience in the field, many of those years in our company. We cannot deliver our technology project without them. They are experts in the field, but they are really bad at forecasting time, work effort, and even identifying the tasks that need to be completed. The more I ask them to consider what needs to be done, the...