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Motivation, worker behavior, and efficiency studies have been conducted since the industrial revolution. Each study attempted to understand what truly motivates team members in an effort to design management styles and deliver recommendations to increase productivity and satisfaction in the workplace. Only after understanding what motivates our team can we choose a leadership style that… Read more »

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I’m often asked which project management approach is best agile or predictive? My standard answer is: “you’re asking the wrong question.” The correct question is “which project management approach should I use for my project, agile or predictive.  Both approaches have value. The predictive approach works best when requirements and constraints are fully understood such… Read more »

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Everyone comes to formal business/adult education with their own objective.  Some folks are seeking formal certifications to enhance their careers and better position them for future opportunities. Others simply need continuing education credits to maintain their certification.  All should have the fundamental interest to become better educated and gain knowledge in their respective fields. As… Read more »

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Project management certifications demonstrate that you have the academic knowledge needed to manage projects.  But it doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good project manager.  Good project management can only come from experience.  Let’s examine the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) perspective on the value of their primary certifications[1]:   Project Management Professional (PMP)® The PMP… Read more »

angry man

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Have you ever sat in a meeting where the executive or senior member just loses their s___t because they don’t like what their hearing? Witnessing this as a young project manager, I would think, who am I to argue with the Vince Lombardi leadership style. Emotional intelligence (EI) is our ability to identify and control… Read more »

Program Board

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Planning boards visually depicts the organization’s future activities or work.  It is a flexible tool that can be adapted to multiple needs: > Describing the strategic roadmap for the next several years by showing major milestones, key events, and how teams and projects support those efforts; and > Coordinating a program or strategic initiative and… Read more »

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Much is being written and said about the new PMP® Exam that was released on January 2, 2021. In my mind, the greatest difference between then and now is not in the test itself (although it is different) but in the training material and the vendors who can teach this material. In the past, anyone… Read more »

conflict management

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Servant Leadership is a mindset that the leader’s role is primarily to serve others in their collective search for success.  “Others” means ALL stakeholders including team members, consumers, taxpayers, and the community as a whole.  James W. Sipe and Don M. Frick in their book Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership; Practicing the Wisdom of Leading… Read more »


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Milton Friedman introduced his “Friedman Doctrine: The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase Its Profits” theory in a 1970 essay for The New York Times. In it, he argued that a company has no social responsibility to the public or society; its only responsibility is to its shareholders. He justified this view by considering… Read more »