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Wrapping Up the Work Week (TGIF!)

How you spend the last few hours of your work week just may have the biggest impact on your success! Here are some tips to help you (and your teams) get organized and stay focused as you wrap up the week.

Learning to Delegate

As we start off 2017, I like to think about where I want to develop in the upcoming year. Delegation is a skill where I do not have much practice. But I have a few ideas about how to do it successfully and why it will likely create a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Problem Solving to Find the Root Cause

How does root cause problem solving and the 5 Whys tool apply to your role as a project manager? I find that if I’m not asking questions as a project manager, I’m solving problems. And most of the time, one leads to the other. Read on to see how you can apply this thinking across your work as a project manager.

Don’t Kill the Messenger

Have you ever felt like you were under attack at work? Here is an example when things did not go exactly as planned for me, and what I learned in the process.

How to Change Behavior

Change is really the only thing you can depend on – change in technology, in process, in leadership, in strategy, in priorities. Shifting behavior in support of those changes is easier said than done. Check out what questions I suggest you ask yourself and your stakeholders to help incite behavior change.

Planning Your Vacation Like a Pro

One of the advantages of being a project manager is that you likely have a natural talent for planning things in your personal life! Here are some of my vacation planning tips you can use when planning your next holiday.

The Art of Giving Feedback

Feedback – as they say – is a gift. And mastering the art of giving feedback is important to your success as a project manager. Read on to learn what I consider the most important things to remember when you are giving someone feedback.

Test & Learn

Think about all of the time and money you can save by having a test and learn mindset, with the goal of gathering as much usable information as possible and failing fast if it turns out the idea is a bust. Your project team and sponsors will thank you.

Having a “No Waste” Mentality

How many times have you asked yourself why you are doing what you are doing, thinking that there must be a better way? Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that you can consider as a project manager, and then make the necessary changes to create a better work environment for all.

Presenting Like a Pro

As a project manager, you will likely need to present to leadership on project status, project details, or project outcomes. Here are a few tips that have helped me prepare for and improve after each presentation.

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