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Kimberly Wiefling, Author at UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley - Page 2 of 6

Kimberly Wiefling is the author of one of the top project management books in the US, "Scrappy Project Management - The 12 Predictable and Avoidable Pitfalls Every Project Faces", and the founder of Wiefling Consulting, LLC, a scrappy global consulting enterprise committed to enabling her clients to achieve highly unlikely or darn near impossible results, predictably and repeatedly. Her work focuses on keynote speaking and workshops on practical and sensible business leadership and project/program management scaled for the size of the company and the project. She has worked with companies of all sizes, including one-person ventures and those in the Fortune 500, and she has helped to launch and grow more than half a dozen startups, a few of which are reaping excellent profits at this very moment. She spends about half of her time working with Japan-based companies that are committed to developing truly global leaders. Kimberly holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Physics from Wright State University and a M.S. in Physics from Case Institute. She spent 10 years at HP working in product development project management and engineering leadership. She worked with several startups, including a Xerox Parc spinoff where she was the VP of Program Management. In 2001 she launched her consulting practice and never looked back. She holds a certificate in project management through UC Santa Cruz Extension, where she is an instructor in the Project and Program Management Certificate Program. Kimberly spends about half of her time facilitating leadership, communication and execution excellence workshops for leaders of Japanese companies committed to becoming truly global. Thousands of people have viewed the hysterical video documenting the final phase of completing her book at www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDCJBu3rdvk. You can reach her via email at kimberly@wiefling.com

Still Don’t Have a Mentor?

Still Don't Have a Mentor?

You may have heard that you should get a mentor to help you grow in your career. Have you gotten one? If not, it’s time to take action. A mentor is not the same as a coach. Great athletes have coaches. Their coaches can’t outperform them, but they can help improve their performance. A mentor gives advice, […]

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Creativity in Business – It’s Going to Get Weird!

Creativity in Business - It's Going to Get Weird!

Originally published on ProjectConnections.com in Nov. 2011. Lately I’ve been fascinated by a book, Creativity in Business, based on the famous course in the Stanford University MBA program by that name. In fact, I’ve been carrying it with me non-stop for the past couple of months and practicing the numerous creativity exercises recommended at every opportunity. […]

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Are Businesswomen Contributing Enough? Nope!

Are Businesswomen Contributing Enough? Nope!

Not even close! Don’t take my word for it. I’m educated as a scientist, and I do everything I can to make fact-based decisions based on data, so here’s some data for ya . . . According to the 2011 Catalyst Census:Fortune 500 Women Board Directors, Executive Officers and Top Earners and prior Catalyst Censuses, women have made no […]

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Stick a Fork in 2011 and Call it DONE!

Stick a Fork in 2011 and Call it DONE!

In my timezone I’ve got just a bit over one more day to go in 2011. Personally I always welcome the end of one year and the beginning of the next. It feels like a fresh start to me. It’s been a great year in many ways, but now that I have worked with people […]

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Weed Your Life

Weed Your Life

Here’s another personal musing promoted by what I’ve come to call the “alcoholidays”. This time of year my mind wanders to gratitude. I’m grateful for the incredibly talented colleagues who have made this year’s relentless stream of work border on enjoyable. And I’m thankful for friends who have made life’s normal burdens lighter through their […]

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Holiday Compassion All Year Long

Holiday Compassion All Year Long

This time of year in the US many people, including me and my family, celebrate Christmas. It’s the most important holiday for us, and it’s a time of year when people seem more tuned in to the connections among all human beings. It seems to me that people are a wee bit nicer to each […]

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Japan Tragedy – Rapid Change

Japan Tragedy - Rapid Change

This is the final post in my series exploring post-quake Japan. While I’ve enjoyed many aspects of working with Japanese companies in recent years, one issue that’s been a frequent cause of consternation is what I perceive to be their relatively slow pace of change. OK, to be perfectly honest I’m not impressed with the […]

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Japan Tragedy – Impossible Becomes Possible

Japan Tragedy - Impossible Becomes Possible

Here’s another article in this series where I squeeze meaning out of seemingly purposeless tragedy. When I landed in Tokyo 2 weeks ago – my first trip here since the quake – I wondered what signs of the recent disaster might be evident. As the bus made its way from the airport into town I […]

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Japan Tragedy – Selflessness

Japan Tragedy - Selflessness

In my continuing quest to make meaning out of tragedy, here’s another in the series. It’s amazing to me how selfless some people can be when tragedy strikes. Several days following the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear nightmare in Japan I realized that I’d totally forgotten my brother’s birthday. My whole family is spread all over the US – […]

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Japan Tragedy – Symbolic Acts

Japan Tragedy - Symbolic Acts

In my quest to make sense of the recent tragedy in Japan I’m writing about my experiences from Tokyo, where I’ve been working for the past 2 weeks. When my phone rang in California at 4 AM on March 11 I knew it couldn’t be good news. My dad was calling from 3 time zones […]

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Lifelong Family Success-Living This Way Every Day

Lifelong Family Success-Living This Way Every Day

Stage 4 – Communication and appreciation are essential ingredients in your family’s excellent adventure. Keep the communication flowing. Conversation creates reality, and is also a terrific way to clear out the cobwebs. What’s rewarded is repeated, so make sure you reinforce what’s working lest it disappear. You’re on your way to achieving your family’s dreams […]

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Putting Your Family Plan Into Action

Putting Your Family Plan Into Action

Stage 3 – Plans are great fun, but without action it’s just a waste of a bunch of postnotes. Take a small step forward each day in the direction of your goals and you’ll certainly be farther along than the family that just spends time perfecting their plan. Here are a few strategies that will […]

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Planning for Your Family’s Success

Planning for Your Family’s Success

Stage 2 – A dream is just a dream until it’s written down, then it’s a plan! If you’ve done the exercises faithfully so far, by now you should have a pretty clear idea of your family’s fabulous future. Now it’s time to create a plan that will more than double your chances of achieving your […]

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Who and What Matter Most to Your Family?

Who and What Matter Most to Your Family?

Continuing our exploration into envisioning your family’s fabulous future . . . Step 3. WHAT MATTERS? According to a blizzard of studies, and my own observations of human beings over the past 50 years, the #1 that reason people don’t achieve their goals is that they don’t have goals. One reason? Fear of failure drives […]

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Envisioning Your Family’s Fabulous Future

Envisioning Your Family's Fabulous Future

Stage 1 – Planning is the first step in creating your successful family. One extremely effective way to do this planning is to ask powerful questions. These are questions designed to expand thinking and enrich discussions. Don’t look for easy answers – it’s the dialogue they spark that is valuable. And don’t rush through these […]

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A Recipe for Family Success

A Recipe for Family Success

A recipe alone doesn’t make cookies, but it’s a start. And great chefs don’t need a recipe book, but someone with the discipline to follow a recipe can cook like a great chef with discipline and a little practice. And the same is true for the recipe for family success. What is this common sense […]

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Family-The Most Important Project of Your Life

Family-The Most Important Project of Your Life

We are Family. Sure, but if you’re like most families, you use what I call the “random chaos” approach to life. In a splendid demonstration of hope triumphing over experience, two people embark on what could be a decades long adventure. They get married, have kids, survive raising ‘em, maybe buy a house to contain […]

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Totally Commit to Finding a Way

Totally Commit to Finding a Way

Scrappy Project Management Mindset Series – Part 4 of 4. If you’re going to lead projects to success you’ve gotta have a powerful mindset that supports you. This week I’ll share some mindset medicine that will keep you scrappy. – Kimberly My favorite story of total commitment is that of Sir Ernest Shakleton, who led […]

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Confront the Brutal Facts

Confront the Brutal Facts

Scrappy Project Management Mindset Series – Part 3 of 4. If you’re going to lead projects to success you’ve gotta have a powerful mindset that supports you. This week I’ll share some mindset medicine that will keep you scrappy. – Kimberly Don’t think for a minute that just because I’m a possibility thinker, with an […]

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Pretend You’re Totally Responsible

Pretend You're Totally Responsible

Scrappy Project Management Mindset Series – Part 2 of 4. If you’re going to lead projects to success you’ve gotta have a powerful mindset that supports you. This week I’ll share some mindset medicine that will keep you scrappy. – Kimberly Being both a human being and a project manager poses some interesting challenges. To me, […]

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Say “No!” to the Power of Cynicism

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Scrappy Project Management Mindset Series – Part 1 of 4. If you’re going to lead projects to success you’ve gotta have a powerful mindset that supports you. This week I’ll share some mindset medicine that will keep you scrappy. – Kimberly I’m proud to say I’m a self-declared possibility thinker, a menace to mediocrity on […]

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