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What’s in a job title?

What’s in a job title?

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose.  I am a speaker and author.  I am an expert in time and project management. I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable and have time to enjoy life even if they don’t have time to learn […]

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How to handle a problem business partner

I’ve been having major difficulties with my business partner for a new venture we’re trying to grow. Any tips/advice for remedying the situation?

Most problems between partners occur because there isn’t a clear definition of roles, expectations and responsibilities. One person often sees themselves as the big thinker but needs someone that can follow-through on those items. The other person that is great at execution needs someone that can sit down long enough to clearly articulate the path. Neither role is sufficient for a successful business. If each one doesn’t understand what needs to be accomplished for a successful business, it will be a difficult road.

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How a small business build positive work culture.

I recently was asked for advice for small business owners on ways to build a strong, positive culture at work. Read some tips.

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Sustainability – Change is in the Air

Sustainability - Change is in the Air

“Nature is not an option, not a luxury. Nature is the underpinning that keeps us alive. We have to do a better job at embracing it and caring for it.” – Sylvia Earle <Excerpt from Organizational Survival: Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future>            We have an unprecedented opportunity to reshape our world. We have accumulated more knowledge […]

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Working on a Sustainable Future

Working on a Sustainable Future

I feel like I spent the last 6 months in a dungeon. Outside of consulting just enough to pay my bills, I spent the remainder of my time writing a business book together with Greg Balestrero, my partner in crime! The book will be released by McGraw-Hill end this year and the title is Organizational […]

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Managing Projects Overseas – Part III – Simplify the Process

Managing Projects Overseas – Part III – Simplify the Process We just spoke of global perspective of managing projects overseas, followed with how PMs can minimize culture gaps in these situations. We now conclude with a value-based sequel relating to simplifying the process as we successfully manage our project (s) overseas. Meeting Your Timeline Objective: […]

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Managing Overseas Projects – Part I A Global Perspective

Managing Overseas Projects – Part I – A Global Perspective All of us have had a fair share of success in managing projects either in our own cities and/or across our country. While some of us on a few occasions have had the fortune of also engaging in projects that are overseas (the meaning of […]

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Becoming Global-minded

Becoming Global-minded

(This article is part of a series originally published in Japan by ALC Press English Journal, and is written in “Global English”. CLICK HERE to see the accompanying video, spoken in “Global English”.) QUESTION:  “My subordinates are younger than me, but they seem much more global-minded. I know I need to change, but I’ve never worked abroad, and I’m […]

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Electrical Audit Excellence – Project Manager’s Gold Mine to Business Opportunity – PART II

Electrical Audit Excellence – Project Manager’s Gold Mine to Business Opportunity – PART II Co-Authors: Dr. Shree Nanguneri and Mr. Rao, G This sequel to Part – I deals with solving problems and leveraging opportunities in the field of electrical audits, where project managers working within or outside their project scope in their organizations, can make a […]

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Electrical Audit Compliance for This Millennium – Organizational Approach – Part I

The Electrical Audit Process – PART I Co-Authors: Dr. Shree Nanguneri and Mr. Rao. G Electrical Equipment Audit Abstract Organizations throughout the world invest time, energy, and efforts to comply with standards in different areas such as ISO, OSHA, and other areas. One of the critical areas for any infrastructure or business operating unit is being in […]

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Lost In Translation – Working With Global Teams

Lost In Translation - Working With Global Teams

As business leaders strive to leverage technology and communication platforms to conduct business globally, working in global teams is becoming increasingly prevalent.  Clearly, we can acknowledge the upside of working in global teams – as our local U.S. team sleeps at night, there could be a global team working diligently elsewhere in their normal business […]

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Low Hanging Fruit: The Sweetest Kind in Global Projects, Part 2

Low Hanging Fruit: The Sweetest Kind in Global Projects, Part 2

In my last post, Low Hanging Fruit, Part I, I outlined some quick and ever-so-easy tips that make communicating on global projects a bit smoother. These are things we know but just may not do as we are running so fast:  Share the pain of time zones (easier said than done, admittedly,) share photos even […]

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Low Hanging Fruit: The Sweetest Kind in Global Projects, part I

Low Hanging Fruit: The Sweetest Kind in Global Projects, part I

I spent much of my time with global project managers who are sometimes a bit overwhelmed juggling their daily work in addition to time zones, cultural missteps, countless communication challenges and holidays at all the wrong times. Sometimes all they want is a quick fix, something to smooth the wrinkles in their global communication. To […]

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PMP and LSS for Students in Colleges and High Schools Part II – Effect of High School on Final Board Examination –The Analytical Treatise

PMP and LSS for Students in Colleges and High Schools  Part II – Effect of High School on Final Board Examination –The Analytical Treatise

Part II – Effect of High School on Final Board Examination –The Analytical Treatise Dr. Shree Nanguneri and Co-Author-Project Lead Contributor, Ms. Reethika S. Iyer*     Background: In Part I, we shared our experience on how parents make decisions to selecting high schools. Once the students graduate they are then again faced with the […]

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What can Project Management learn from Product Management?

What can Project Management learn from Product Management?

In the last 5 years or so, we have realized that comparing these two roles is like comparing Apples and Oranges. Not many companies now overlap these roles. These roles over the time have evolved from being janitors of products and projects to management of them. Product management has learned a lot from project management. Let us examine what project management can learn from product management?

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Four Facets of the Cross-Culture Project Manager

Four Facets of the Cross-Culture Project Manager

About one generation ago, management styles focused on the concept of a “happy worker is a good worker.”  Organizations focused on providing employees the amenities they needed to feel valued, in hopes of it leading to higher productivity.  The Hawthorne experiments by Elton Mayo found that changes in the workplace were welcomed and improved morale.  […]

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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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Project Mangers, Points and the Space in between

Project Mangers, Points and the Space in between

How might we apply the observations Richard Nisbett made in his book Geography of Thought to the project-driven workplace? Is there a Workplace of Thought? And, if so, can our understanding of the Workplace of Thought help us manage our project stakeholders more effectively? During my career, I made the transition from engineer to project […]

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Building Rapport – East and West

Building Rapport – East and West

Recently one of my clients sent a team of engineers to Japan. For most of the team this was their first visit to that country. Before going, they asked me to brief them on some of the cultural issues they might encounter. There is a long list of things to watch out for, from beer […]

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A Century of Scientific Management

Did you know Project Management is having a birthday? Well, sort of a birthday. It was 100  years ago, in 1911, that Frederick W. Taylor published Principles of Scientific Management. Early pioneers of project management, such as Henry Gantt, were followers of Dr. Taylor. Now, for historical accuracy, it should be noted that Dartmouth College […]

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Learn a foreign language in between projects and on the go

Learn a foreign language in between projects and on the go

Project managers work on various projects, sometimes traveling to various clients’ sites. You juggle many emails, calls, faxes and meetings during the week. When do you find time and how to prepare yourself mentally to learn something new like a foreign language? You’re on the road and you think you can’t learn a foreign language […]

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