The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world
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Overcoming Your First Mistake At A New Job

Overcoming Your First Mistake At A New Job

What advice do you have for new hires having to own up to their first big mistake on the job? Is there a professional way to apologize? What is the best way to bounce back after making a mistake?

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Signs that you are a micro-manager

This client’s issue was that she continually put in over 10 hours a day in a draining work environment. Although she had desires to do other hobbies and side businesses, she was too exhausted to do anything about those other dreams. She self-diagnosed herself as having no follow-through, although at the office – she had lots of follow-through.

After hearing her story, I suggested that she was actually micromanaging her people too much. This was taking her time away from the items she really wanted to accomplish as well as zapping all her energy. Her knee-jerk reaction was that she was not a micro-manager.

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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 to navigate office politics.

How to navigate office politics.

How can women navigate office politics while staying professional?

Regardless of whether you are male or female, the most effective way to get ahead in an office environment is to do the following:

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The one mistakes most career changers make.

The one mistakes most career changers make.

The one mistakes most career changers make. Writing their resume without the “new career” mindset. Most career changers list their work experience and job tasks in the mindset of the past role or job title INSTEAD of the new career role or title in mind. For example:  You are a teacher’s assistance and you want […]

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Employers that interview but never hires

This is Laura Lee Rose, a business and efficiency coach that specializes in professional development, time management, project management and work-life balance strategies.  In my Professional Development Toolkit package , I go into professional development and real-world IT topics in detail. If you are interested in more training in these areas, get signed up I know […]

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Use that Employment Gap to your advantage

This is Laura Lee Rose, a business and efficiency coach that specializes in professional development, time management, project management and work-life balance strategies.  The Professional Development Toolkit package covers professional development and real-world IT topics in detail. If you are interested in inexpensive training in these areas,get signed up I recently received the following questions: How […]

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Advice for people who want to do a 180° career change

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose – author of the business and time management books TimePeace: Making peace with time  and The Book of Answers: 105 Career Critical Situations– and I am a business and efficiency coach that specializes in time management, project management and work-life balance strategies.  Stephen Wynkoop and I regularly meet on […]

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7 Public Speaking Tips for Introverts

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose – author of the business and time management books TimePeace: Making peace with time  and The Book of Answers: 105 Career Critical Situations– and I am a business and efficiency coach that specializes in time management, project management and work-life balance strategies.  Stephen Wynkoop and I regularly meet on […]

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Why are managers more satisfied with their life than non-managerial employees?

Why are managers more satisfied with their life than non-managerial employees?

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that managers are more satisfied with their family life, jobs and overall financial situation than non-managerial employees. However, despite all that, more respondents said they would not want to be a boss or top manager–43% vs. 39%. Pew Research Center did not explore the reasons behind their findings […]

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How to capture that manager’s attention

Your work history is solid. Your experience is exceptional. Yet you are not getting the job offers that you want. How can you get your work and resume out in front?

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How to steal a client or position from a competitor

How to steal a client or position from a competitor

How do you steal a client or project away from a competitor? I find the best way to gain customers or projects from competitors is to collaborate and affiliate with them.

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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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10 Hidden Time Wasters

We often inadvertently waste time because we don’t recognize the symptoms. Check out the video list of the video’s 10 hidden time wasters and tell me which ones were a surprise to you.

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Can You Really Create a Great 1-2 Page Project Vision Statement? – Part 1

Can You Really Create a Great 1-2 Page Project Vision Statement? - Part 1

PART 1: A Sample Project Vision Statement – This Blog Many of you see the value in creating a short project ‘Vision’ statement, to capture the assessments and trade-offs made during the planning process and maximize the project’s chances of success. This could also be a way to achieve alignment, commitment, and accountability:

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What Are The 7 Easy Steps In Creating a Great Project Vision Statement – Part 2

What Are The 7 Easy Steps In Creating a Great Project Vision Statement - Part 2

So, how do you actually go about creating this great 1-2 page Project Vision Statement which minimizes the many project scope changes that you may currently be facing? Wouldn’t you like to avoid that scope creep once and for all? It’s really quite straightforward: :

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Imagine This!

Imagine This!

How often do you daydream?

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Who’s Your Imaginary Friend?

Who's Your Imaginary Friend?

Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?  Perhaps it’s time to reunite!

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Advocating For Your Team

Advocating For Your Team

When was the last time you could select all the members on your team? Chances are as a Project Manager or ScrumMaster, our teams are already up and running or “resources” have been allocated by the organization. What happens when performance doesn’t quite meet expectations? This is where advocacy come in. As a ScrumMaster, I […]

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Why Delivering Software is more a Challenge than a Race

Why Delivering Software is more a Challenge than a Race

A few weeks ago, I became a Tough Mudder for the first time. Tough Mudder is a British military style obstacle course challenge run around the world. I completed it in Toronto, Canada, the same weekend as the one in Lake Tahoe, California. It is a challenge, not a race. The core value is teamwork, […]

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Project Managers wear PRADA

Project Managers wear PRADA

And who says Project Managers do not know fashion couture? How does this tie to what we do daily you ask? PRADA is actually an acronym for a set of characteristics or values that I believe should be inherent in any successful project managers and I have encouraged my project managers to think and use […]

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