Management

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 [...]

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 [...]

2017-06-21T18:47:12+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: Management, Workplace Culture|Tags: , , |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

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

Unproductive Rituals – Is This Meeting Really Necessary?

Something that I used to hear regularly in the workplace was “I didn’t get anything done, I’ve been in meetings all day”. I always found that a little humorous since as mangers or leaders “meetings” are what we do. Still there is a difference between participating in a productive meeting and enduring one that is [...]

2016-11-10T18:36:38+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Categories: Enlightened PM, Management, Project Management|0 Comments

Managing Multiple Projects – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

One unfortunate reality in the world of project managers is that many of us are responsible for managing multiple projects simultaneously. There are likely a number of reasons why this situation is so common. As is true with many things, there are benefits and costs associated with taking this approach. Today we’ll examine costs and [...]

2016-11-03T13:17:44+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Management, Project Management|2 Comments

Why Does It Take Bob So Long to Get to the Point? – Inductive/Deductive Communicators

Have you known people who seem to take forever to get to the point of their conversation? Do you think people have noticed that about you? Don’t panic, you’re ok. We all have general tendencies regarding how we think and communicate. These tendencies are neither good nor bad They are not carved in stone. Understanding [...]

2016-10-19T13:54:42+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Categories: Management, Project Management, Self Help|Tags: , |2 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
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