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Optimize career for learning or responsibility?

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 can you bounce back in entrepreneurship after closing down your business?

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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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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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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5 Ways to Get That Raise

Have this ever happened to you? You get a great performance review; they are very pleased with your work; they say they would like to give you a raise — BUT, due to budget problems, it is not possible at that time. What do you do to succeed?

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In Praise of MBWA (Management By Walking Around)

I am, at heart, an analyst. There is nothing that would please me more than being able to shut my door and do some thinking and come up with plans and processes — then wait for the good results to come in. Of course, there is a major flaw: people. No, the people aren’t flawed […]

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Mid-Air Disaster Avoided: Values win over Litigation!

Mid-Air Disaster Avoided: Values win over Litigation!

In an emergency, would do what’s right to help someone or would you do what’s legally acceptable?  I hear you saying, “It depends.”  Well, yes it does. But on what does your choice depend?  What influences your choice? Here’s a client’s story about that kind of dilemma that had him up-in-the-air, literally, and how his […]

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Keeping an external job offer alive

It’s usually bad news when your job offer is put on hold. Sometimes the offer disappears. So what strategies can you employ to make sure you keep that offer alive even if the employer has to suspend plans for bringing you on board?

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How can a career vision help me with my career

How can a career vision help me with my career

Steve Wynkoop and I were talking a lot about designing and managing our professional careers on a weekly interview on SSWUG.org. This episode was about what steps to change your position in the your current company.

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Are You An Influencer?

Are You An Influencer?

The topic of leadership is on the forefront of most, if not all, organizations these days. It’s one of the most talked about and yet least understood topics in the business world. Today I entered the generic term “leadership” in a Google search and it came back with more than 462,000 results. When I changed […]

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Project Managers as Project Marketers

Project Managers as Project Marketers

Project Managers as Project Marketers Seasoned project managers understand that a successful project never results from a single endeavor. Instead, it takes a myriad of cumulative and often-subtle accomplishments to bring even the simplest project to completion. Consistent communication with stakeholders is arguably the most important of those many factors. Motivating, coordinating and managing various […]

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Motivating (and not de-motivating) Programmers

One of the great “aha”s for me as a manager was realizing that motivating people – and not de-motivating them – are two different things. It was years ago – I think I was at Apple. One of my colleagues shared a Harvard Business Review article from the 1980s that recounted Frederick Herzberg’s work in […]

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The Power of Positive Comments

The Power of Positive Comments

(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:  “I have trouble making positive comments to my subordinates. All of them are so lazy and slow, and don’t achieve the results we need, […]

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Why Won’t They Change?

Why Won't They Change?

It seems like I’m talking and writing about change quite a lot these days. And there’s good reason for that. It’s an inescapable part of our lives. And we still resist. I remember sitting through a staff meeting back when I was in my corporate job, listening to my boss run through a series of […]

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Leadership is Managing Relationships

Leadership is Managing Relationships

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce my father to you, but I can’t. In the past three years, people have asked me why I haven’t been writing or blogging. I have a simple answer – my father passed away. He was of  Jewish descent, one of only two survivors in his family who […]

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7 Tricks to attending a conference on someone else’s dime

Professional Development Series by Laura Lee Rose www.LauraLeeRose.com Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose – Corporate Exit Strategist for the Blooming Entrepreneur – and I am a business and life coach that specializes in time management, project management and work-life balance strategies.  As a success and business coach, I encourage continuous learning and sharpening our […]

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Project Managers need to be Jesters

Project Managers need to be Jesters

We all know the saying Time flies when you’re having fun. Are you helping your team’s time fly?

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Project Managers are Supporters

Project Managers are Supporters

Many of the things that go wrong in projects will be wholly and completely out of your control, but can have a massive affect on your project. You will need to find a way to support your team while they work through whatever issues they may be dealing with.

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Project Managers are Leaders

Project Managers are Leaders

Think about a person that you would follow regardless of where they were going. What makes them a leader worth following? In terms of the business world, a leader doesn’t necessarily make decisions, and a leader doesn’t necessarily have the highest ranking title. A true leader is someone that has earned the trust and respect of their team; and as a result, that team will follow that person in whatever direction they take.

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Do Affirmations and Quotes Work for You?

Do Affirmations and Quotes Work for You?

In the first and second blog posts of this series we talked about heavy stuff. I shared some thoughts about disappointment and forgiveness, two key human conditions that I’ve observed in my practice that consistently drain and distract people from reaching their full potential (and enjoyment) in the workplace. Now I’d like to shift gears and to […]

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Disappointed? 5 Insightful Ways to Rise Again

Disappointed? 5 Insightful Ways to Rise Again

Happy to be here … let me introduce myself: My name is Mildred Lynn McDonald. I hail from the bonnie shores of Nova Scotia, Canada and this is my first post as part of the UCSC blog community. Last month I moved to Los Altos, so as you can imagine, skipping The Great Canadian Winter […]

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