The Art of Having Fun

You have heard it before – you are at work for so much of your life, so you better enjoy it! And I would go one step further and say that you better have fun! Read on to learn what steps you can take to have the right kind of fun at work.

Getting Things Done with Busy Schedules

Ever run into scheduling issues? If you said no, then tell me your secret! While you cannot eliminate people’s busy schedules, there are ways to set expectations with your team and hold them accountable to participate in necessary meetings. And it is your job to make sure these meetings are productive.

The Art of Interrupting

Your role as a project manager is to keep everyone on task in meetings and just in general as you move toward your goals. So it should actually be expected that you will need to (politely) interrupt people from time to time. Read on to see tips on how you can master the art of interrupting!

Facilitating a Lessons Learned Session

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A lessons learned session is a must-do at the end of most projects. There is really nothing better than voicing the good, the bad, and the ugly about a given project for everyone to hear, acknowledge, understand, and take action on. Otherwise, innovations and successes will be forgotten and mistakes will be repeated. 

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.