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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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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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Constantly Re-inventing oneself is one way to way to stay relevant.

Constantly Re-inventing oneself is one way to way to stay relevant.

Recently Justine Timberlake toured the talk-show circuit to promote his new 20/20 Experience (part 1) CD. I don’t know much about Justine Timberlake, but have learned a few things since he started his promotion tour that should be incorporated in everyone’s professional plans.

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How to Lead Effectively. Video Blog 3

How can you lead effectively when you’re promoted? You have 2 ears and 1 mouth, so use them in that ratio! Start by listening, collaboratively set clear goals, and work together as a real team, not just a group of people jockeying for position, power and status. Check out Kimberly’s 1 minute view on this. […]

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Keep Your Culture Positive!

Keep Your Culture Positive!

Which is more effective to improve team performance: positive feedback or constructive criticism? a positive culture or a negative one? The answer: both. The real question: in what proportion? The answer to the proportion question, from new research by Michigan doctoral student Emily Heaphy and team productivity consultant Marcial Losada: The ratio of positive-to-negative statements […]

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What we can learn from Judge Judy

It’s impossible not to judge. Telling someone else “not to judge” — shows you have made the judgment that they are judging. Most opinions, descriptions, decisions, views, rulings, and critiques are judgments.

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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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What makes product teams great?

What makes product teams great? What if you were able to name just five things that: if you don’t do them, you have just a 2% chance of high level team performance if you do all of them, you have a 67% likelihood of high level team performance Last year’s Study of Product Team Performance […]

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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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On Tattoos and Leadership – Part 3

On Tattoos and Leadership – Part 3

Welcome to the third and final installation of On Tattoos and Leadership. I’ve been pondering the possible ties between my love of ink and my love of leadership and professional life. Part 1 addressed the need to resist stereotypes. Part 2 tackled the need for balance between short-term and long-term decision-making. What have I learned […]

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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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How New Product Leaders Optimize Development Teams

How New Product Leaders Optimize Development Teams

Global commoditization and complexity make innovation an urgent priority for firms of all sizes. And to promote innovation in a meaningful way, individual development teams must be the focal point of your strategy. Culture and vision are extremely important components, and developing them properly takes time and effort, but innovation improvement is mainly an organic, […]

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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 Pave the Way

Project Managers Pave the Way

As a Project Manager, it is going to be necessary to pave the way through obstacles that come up as the project progresses. Some say that this is the main responsibility of a Project Manager, and I tend to agree. It is up to the Project Manager to ensure that obstacles are dealt with and mitigated before they affect the project team and the project itself. Generally, there are three different kinds of obstacles that projects face: Technical, Political, and Emotional.

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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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What exactly, do Project Managers Do?

What exactly, do Project Managers Do?

Project Management is a very difficult line of work to describe in terms that every person can understand. The quickest answer I can usually come up with is “I get all of the work done on projects without doing any of the actual work”, which is the best description I have of what I do.

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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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Difficult People – not!

Difficult People - not!

Difficult people. I really don’t like that term. Think back… haven’t all of us been perceived as “difficult” at least once or twice (or, like me, often)? Were we really being difficult? From our own perspective, did we not have important reasons for taking our position? Perhaps it was because our team was moving too […]

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Innovating… Your way

Innovating... Your way

If you’d like to know yourself better “in an innovation way,” take a look! Four innovation types are discussed, including their strengths and tips for growth.

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Resolution: Figure out my innovation type

Resolution: Figure out my innovation type

Ever been in a brainstorm and felt how differently your colleagues respond to new ideas? It turns out there are different “innovation types.” You may want to know what kind of innovator you are, and how you can improve your own work and your understanding of others in an innovation project team.

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Developing New Project Managers

Developing New Project Managers

How do you develop a team of inexperienced PMs? A brief set of ideas here.

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