Leadership

6 ways to be a better project manager

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Project management is a complex — and critical — function. Here are six pieces of advice to help project managers improve their craft. Project managers wear many hats: facilitators, managers, problem-solvers and even interpreters — translating business needs into actionable plans for teams and aligning resources. They must work around constraints, map skills and set…

Leadership and Compassion

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Compassion is a fundamental pillar for highly effective leadership, however, it may not always enjoy the level of importance it deserves! Let’s explore some basics and the related implications… What is compassion in practical terms? I found an appealing explanation of the term compassion at the “Greater Good” website and they state it as the…

How to Engage Difficult Stakeholders

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Sometimes, from the very beginning of a workshop, it is evident that the delegates have a common problem with a big powerful stakeholder. As we start to delve into their influencing objectives, “his” name keeps being mentioned. On a recent occasion when this happened, I noticed was that his name was being used as a…

7 Lead-Off Mistakes to Avoid as a First Time Manager

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Establishing yourself as a credible and positive leader is important and challenging. Here are some all-too-common missteps of first-time (and even some hapless, experienced) managers. Avoid them in good health! Leading-off with, “Things are going to change around here.” Too many managers enter into a new role assuming everything is broken and that they’ve been…

Do You Flit or Do You Lead?

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by: Roy Osing Many leaders don’t lead at all, they flit from this to that, from one crisis to another, from one priority to another. They don’t land on anything. They don’t spend too long on any one issue because they want to avoid being pinned down for an opinion or having to make a decision.…

The Best Leaders Are Constant Learners

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by: Kenneth Mikkelsen and Harold Jarche As Juan Manuel Fangio exited the chicane before the blind Tabac corner in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix, he stomped on the brake. It was a counterintuitive reaction for a racing driver exiting a corner — but one that likely saved his life. By slowing down he avoided plowing into a…