The Witch is Dead, Now What? – Dealing With the Aftermath of a Bad Boss

It’s finally happened. The unthinkable. The unlikely. The extremely rare! The tyrannical, psychotic bastard (substitute bitch and her as needed) that has been terrorizing employees for years has finally been discovered and removed by his boss. So now what? How do we deal with the wreckage and get everyone back on track? There are unfortunately [...]

My Door is Always Open – The Toxic Impact of Closed Door Meetings

I’ve had the good fortune (or misfortune) to work in a number of unhealthy work environments over my career. Not unhealthy in the physical sense but unhealthy in the Patrick Lencioni sense (think “The Advantage”). Psychologically unhealthy. These environments also included some of the worst managers and poorest leaders I had the pleasure to experience [...]

2017-06-21T18:37:31+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: Communication, Leadership, Workplace Culture|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

2017-06-21T18:49:49+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Management, Project Management|Tags: |0 Comments

Bring Me a Rock – A Popular Management Game You Don’t Want to Play

You’ve probably had the experience where your boss has asked you to do something but no matter what you produce, it doesn’t seem to be acceptable. You then fall into a less than productive cycle of redirection, rework, and redirection until the task is eventually accomplished to the boss’s satisfaction. Let’s look a little deeper [...]

2016-10-08T19:00:53+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Categories: Enlightened PM, Leadership, Management|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Acceptable Behavior is Behavior You Accept

If you’ve ever worked with someone or had someone on your team who is “unpleasant” to work with then you know exactly what we’re talking about here. Ever work with a “screamer” or a bully? Dealing with bad behavior, at a minimum, is going to involve at least one (probably more than one) uncomfortable conversation. [...]

Make a Difference

Having introduced the concept of Enlightened Project Management the next logical step for me is to give you all some insight into the purpose of this philosophy or more specifically “why I do what I do”. The purpose that drives me can be easily adopted by all of you and applied to help you achieve [...]

2016-09-05T19:35:19+00:00 August 12th, 2016|Categories: Inspirational, Leadership|Tags: , |0 Comments

My First Blog Post – An Introduction to Enlightened Project Management

Finally after years of avoiding this I’ve got my blog up and running and I’m writing my first post. Since there is only one first time for anything this is something I’ll have forever, for better or worse, so here goes. My purpose today is to introduce you to the concept of Enlightened Project Management [...]

2016-09-07T23:39:22+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Workplace Culture|Tags: , |0 Comments
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