Staying Focused During the Holidays

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The holiday season is a time to celebrate successes, rest, and rejuvenate. Here are a few tactics you can use to help you keep projects on track while enjoying a little break!

Leaving Your Job Without Jeopardizing Project Outcomes

As new career opportunities arise, organizing your current work into a detailed transition plan will help your team keep the project going without jeopardizing the project outcomes. In essence, you need to learn how to leave you job without leaving any one hanging.

Managing Discussions When You Do Not Have the Answers

What do you do when your project team asks you a ton of questions and you know zero of the answers? While it may feel most comfortable curling up into a little ball in the corner, a better approach is to face the questions head on. Check out how I handled it, and my six tips for acting with courage under fire.

Team Building for Better Project Outcomes

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One of the best ways to help build rapport and commitment within your team is to conduct a quick team building exercise. I like this idea because it is easy and free! Check out some ideas to help build an engaging work environment for your team.

Project Planning Like a Pro

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Oh, the project plan! No matter the size, level of detail, or sophistication of the project plan, it is definitely an essential tool to getting things done as a project manager. Here are seven steps to facilitating a successful project planning session.

Everything Is a Process

Is there anything that you do in your personal or professional life that can be simplified? I am sure there is, and my advice is to ask a lot of questions about how things work, why they work that way, whether it is something your stakeholders or customers want, and whether it can be done any better with less steps, less confusion, and less wasted effort.

Writing a Simple and Effective Email

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Since email is part of our work culture, you must learn how to write clear, succinct emails that communicate to the reader whatever it is you intended.

When I write emails that contain more than a few sentences, I keep the following seven tips to writing a simple and effective email in mind.