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How to handle jealousy in the office.

I received the below great question a few days after my Art of War for Product Managers and High-Performing Professionals.  I thought you might be interested in the answer as well. Q: Many senior employees work under my lead. In this case, many other senior employees think that what a lucky me. Jealousy is coming […]

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If you can drive, you can understand project managing.

If you know how to drive, you already understand project management. You may still not want to be a project manager, but at least you understand better their function and value. In fact, project management and defensive driving have much in common.

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Pro and Con list to make better decisions.

Pro and Con list to make better decisions.

Most everyone is familiar with Pro and Con lists to help make a decision. Often times the Pro and Con List does very little to clarify the decision – because – well – the reason you are creating the Pro/Con list is because it was a ‘close call’ to begin with. We don’t go to the trouble of making a Pro and Con list on ‘no-brainers’. Often times the pro and cons are pretty equal – making the decision still difficult. Our mistake is that we stop at this point. We don’t take the next step to reduce the impact of the “Cons”.

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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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What’s wrong with complexity?

Technologists love intricate mechanisms. That’s why many of us, as kids, took things apart, and some of us even put them back together again. In my training as an engineer, I enjoyed learning how mechanical, electrical and chemical things worked. And the more elaborate the mechanisms, the better the challenge and the satisfaction of getting […]

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7 Tips to manage information BEFORE it becomes overwhelming

7 Tips to manage information BEFORE it becomes overwhelming

Office Organization Tips  By Laura Lee Rose, author of TimePeace: Making peace with time Office organization is an important step toward both releasing clutter and creating more time in one’s hectic schedule.  In this information age, many of us receive thousands of emails a day as well as dozens of snail mail packages and papers. […]

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If you can drive, you can understand project managing.

This is Laura Lee Rose, a business and life coach that specializes in professional development, time management, project management and work-life balance strategies. In my GoTo Academy: Soft Skill Tools for the GoTo Professional continuous online coaching series, I go into office etiquette on various real-world IT topics in detail. If you are interested in […]

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3 Keys to Taking Over a Failing Project

3 Keys to Taking Over a Failing Project

Have you just said yes to taking over a big mess-in-the-making? Whether you’re a VP or new manager, whether the initiative is a global expansion or product redesign, you’re now on the hook for a project that’s failing. You have to herd cats who don’t actually work for you, separate the smoke from the fire […]

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Replay with additional proactive techniques

With some additional proactive (Quadrant 2 preparation — sign up for the online coaching sessions for more information on this technique), you can perform even better. You get into the office early because you need to review the results of the overnight test run, and mail in the results before the 9:00am meeting. “Darn, the overnight […]

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Replay with Time-boxing and Parking Lot method.

Time-boxing is a method which allows you to do everything that you want to do without the above pitfall. You get into the office early because you need to review the results of the overnight test run, and mail in the results before the 9:00am meeting. “Darn, the overnight test failed at stage 6.  Why […]

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Want more time? Think inside the box.

In my GoTo Academy: Tools for the GoTo Guy and Gal continuous online coaching series, I go into Time-boxing and the use of Parking Lot methods in detail. If you are interested in more training in these areas, please signup for the continuing online coaching series. Does this scenario sound familiar? You get into the […]

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How to handle multiple and unclear job directives….

Whether we are in the corporate environment or starting our own small business, we have competing resources for our attention, skills and talents. How can we not only professionally handle these multiple and unclear job directives, but use these opportunities to propel us forward faster?

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Creating a “No Excuse Zone” around you Part 3

Below is Part 3 of a 3-Part article designed to help IT and database professionals stay on top of their game in an ever-changing trade. Part 1 and 2 describes examples of how we inadvertently make excuses for our lack of progress in certain areas of our careers.

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What is the right question?

By Laura Lee Rose, author of TimePeace: Making peace with time In the last article, we see how I could have avoided a lot of frustration and failure if I had simply asked a simple question.  It is the same in our business and work dealings.  Asking the right question will save us time and […]

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How do you transition into a consulting position or new career?

As a business coach, I recently received a question regarding “How do you transition from a corporate job into consulting or self-employment?” This is a great topic, because the answer is useful whether you are interested in starting your own business; OR moving into a totally different career path.

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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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Creating a “No Excuse Zone” around you Part 1

Below is Part 1 of a 3-Part article designed to help IT and database professionals stay on top of their game in an ever-changing  trade.  Part 1 and 2 describes examples of how we inadvertently make excuses for our lack of progress in certain areas of our careers. Part 3 offers several steps toward creating […]

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What’s the difference between good customer service and a good client experience?

Many organizations and companies strive for good or excellent customer satisfaction ratings. While those are very good goals, they are low level steps. To leap your customer service to the superior or genius level, a different mindset it required. We need to focus on the Client Experience versus merely customer satisfaction.

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Power Your Projects with Decision Calendars

Power Your Projects with Decision Calendars

A decision calendar? You’re already drowning in calendars, I know. You maintain your project milestones calendar, your team’s meeting calendar, product launch calendars, the meeting and milestones calendar for every project you support, your own Outlook or Gmail calendar, and that’s just for work. Yet, projects still feel chaotic, and you wonder whether your team […]

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Live UP!

We’ve all heard the phrase “Live it up!” in regards to a particular event or party. But what I am suggesting here is to LIVE UP — take your life to your next higher self or level. Gracefully clear away anything or one that is slowing you down.

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Turn the hour glass upside down to create more time…..

Turn the hour glass upside down to create more time…..

Many of us feel overloaded and overwhelmed with aggressive schedules and never-ending todo tasks. Often we wish for more time, or more hours in a day. What we don’t often realize is that it’s sometimes as easy as turning the hour glass upside down; emphasis on the phrase is “upside down”.

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