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How does a one-woman business handle big growth, fast?

Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose – author of TimePeace: Making peace with time – and I am a business and efficiency coach that specializes in time management, project management and work-life balance strategies. I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable and […]

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How to manage starting a business with your husband or significant other?

  Hello, this is Laura Lee Rose – author of TimePeace: Making peace with time – and I am a business and efficiency coach that specializes in time management, project management and work-life balance strategies. I help busy professionals and entrepreneurs create effective systems so that they can comfortably delegate to others, be more profitable […]

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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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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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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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Keeping an internal job offer alive

Keeping an internal 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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The life of a hero – Doug Engelbart 1930 – 2013

The life of a hero - Doug Engelbart 1930 - 2013

MENLO PARK, Calif.—July 3, 2013—Computing visionary Douglas C. Engelbart, Ph.D, passed away peacefully at his home in Atherton, California on July 2, 2013. He was 88 years old. Engelbart’s work is the very foundation of personal computing and the Internet. His vision was to solve humanity’s most important problems by using computers to improve communication […]

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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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How to do things that scare us.

There are things in our professional careers that naturally scare us, but are required for advancement and continued growth. We are normally afraid of places we haven’t been before, things we haven’t tried before or subject matter that we know nothing about. If fear is a sign that we are pushing our envelop, then conquering that fear is a sign of real personal and professional growth.
So, how do we gather enough courage to take that next step?

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Do one scary thing a day.

This week we will take a short-cut into slapping ourselves back on the path. We won’t spend time investigating why and what took us off our course. Instead, we will jump into action with the idea of “doing one scary thing a day” to help keep up moving forward at a faster pace.

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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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Using Game Theory to Traverse Obstacles

Many of the strategies used in games can be effectively translated to business and professional navigation. Find out how….

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Leadership Thought of the Day: RIP Steve Jobs!

Leadership Thought of the Day:  RIP Steve Jobs!

The world recently lost one of the finest visionaries ever: Steve Jobs. Like many others, I feel compelled to say something about it. There will be two quick parts to this rant.  First, a note about how we unproductively think about our heroes in unrealistic and idealistic ways. Second, I would like to share a few […]

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Envisioning Your Family’s Fabulous Future

Envisioning Your Family's Fabulous Future

Stage 1 – Planning is the first step in creating your successful family. One extremely effective way to do this planning is to ask powerful questions. These are questions designed to expand thinking and enrich discussions. Don’t look for easy answers – it’s the dialogue they spark that is valuable. And don’t rush through these […]

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What makes for a successful Project Manager?

What makes for a successful Project Manager?

My esteemed colleague Natalie Udo’s post a few weeks ago, “What is a Project Manager?” started me thinking about what are the elements which make us successful in the business. And hopefully, I’m reinforcing Kimberly Wiefling’s recent posts on what are the keys to success as a project leader… and not being too redundant – Thanks, […]

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Change Leadership: What to Be and What to Do

Change Leadership: What to Be and What to Do

To wrap-up this week on being a change leader, here’s my short list of what to be and what to do: BE –  A person with character; leadership descends from character – Visionary – Have a vision of the “changed” project – Reliable and consistent to develop and maintain trust with your team DO: – […]

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Change Leadership takes one step after the other

Change Leadership takes one step after the other

There’s one significant characteristic of a leader that I have not mentioned: Be a model for those behaviors and traits that you are asking others to develop. If this is done at the start of the project, it becomes part of the project “culture”.  If your team sees collaboration and good listening habits, they usually […]

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Change Leadership and Moving through the Fog…

Change Leadership and Moving through the Fog...

So far I’ve covered the concepts that change leadership requires a vision and trust: Vision to provide direction Trust so that the team believes in the vision I mentioned that the leadership begins by defining the “New End” (the vision). During the detailed “defining the new requirements and integrating with the progress to date, so […]

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Change Leadership and Trust

Change Leadership and Trust

Yesterday I covered 3 points for change leadership and project management: 1.      You implement change everyday in your role as a project manager 2.      You are in a leadership role 3.      Major change requires strong leadership, starting with SEEING the “new” END SEEING the “new” END becomes the VISION of what you and your team […]

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