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Defining the Current State – The First Step in Improving Your Situation

Most leaders want to improve their workplace environment. Improve morale, improve productivity, improve profitability, and increase the general success of the organization. Implementing any improvement program requires that you first understand the current state, which in turn requires you to be able to measure the current state. When helping a client establish formal project management [...]

Gallows Humor Can Be a Powerful Force in the Workplace – Managers Beware

I’ve had the good fortune (or misfortune) to work in a number of dysfunctional unhealthy workplace environments over the course of my career. I say “good fortune” in the context of having the opportunity to experience first hand some of the bad manager behaviors that, in my current career, I try to teach people how [...]

Time is Much More Than Money – Spend Yours Wisely

As we get older we become more aware of certain things. For me, one of those things is the finite quality of time. I now seem to be more aware that the time I have left to live is limited (hopefully not severely limited, but limited just the same). With that realization I now pay [...]

2017-03-15T13:35:57+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Categories: Enlightened PM, Self Help|Tags: |0 Comments

Teach to Learn – The Benefits of Teaching Others What You Know

As I write this, I’m sitting here wrapping up day four of a four-day exam prep workshop that I regularly teach. Today my students are taking their four-hour mock exam, which gives me some time to catch up on a few things. One thing that always occurs to me on this fourth day is how [...]

2017-02-21T20:26:24+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: Career, Inspirational, Self Help|1 Comment

Autonomy and Intrinsic Motivation – The Painted Doll Story

Allowing team members as much control over their work as possible is always a good way to develop intrinsic motivation and improve performance. I recently came across a great story that beautifully illustrates the power of autonomy and participation. I’d like to share this to hopefully inspire some of you try this concept out with [...]

2017-02-11T02:08:06+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: Management, Workplace Culture|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Overcoming Resistance to Change – Is Your Suggestion Being Resisted or Is There Something Else Going On?

This is something I often hear not only from my students, but also from audience members at events where I speak. Someone will tell me they learned something in a class or heard something in a presentation that exactly addressed a problem they were experiencing in the workplace. Energized by the new knowledge, they’d go [...]

2017-02-01T19:49:16+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: Communication|0 Comments

Working Remotely – Should the Team Be Allowed To Work From Home?

It’s surprising to see how long it takes for an old, bad habit to die out. The resistance to allowing people to work from home is one that we should have been over a long time ago. The knee jerk reaction to this subject is mostly the result of management ideas that are holdovers from [...]

2017-01-25T13:02:15+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Categories: Enlightened PM, Management, Workplace Culture|Tags: |0 Comments

Hire From the Half of the Class That Makes the Top Half Possible

It’s always good to use a great title to lead into an important topic. I first came across this one (the great title) in “Reframing Organizations” by Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal. They in turn were referencing “The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First” by Jeffrey Pfeffer. Regardless of the origin [...]

2016-12-06T13:44:03+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Categories: Management, Workplace Culture|0 Comments

The Power of Giving Back – How Volunteering Can Benefit Your Career and Your Personal Life

With the holidays fast approaching I thought this would be a great time to address the subject of volunteerism. Volunteering is rewarding on many levels. On the personal level it provides an opportunity to pursue areas of interest and to help others. On the professional level volunteering allows those of us who are more experienced [...]

2016-11-23T16:50:56+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Career, Enlightened PM, Self Help|Tags: , |0 Comments

Autonomy As a Motivator – Does Giving People More Control Keep Them Motivated?

Most managers aspire to lead a highly motivated, high performing team. The challenge is that many things influence the motivation of a team. In addition, the team is made up of people having individual personalities. Each team member may respond differently to various motivational approaches. One thing that works consistently with many people is autonomy [...]

2016-11-16T14:30:12+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Management, Project Management|Tags: |0 Comments
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