July Newsletter – Let go of a lost cause

Let go of a lost cause.This month we are asking you to let go of your lost cause.  Read more about it in our Founders message below.


Here are a couple of things you might have missed out on:

The Importance of a Project Management Office (PMO) and who needs one

How to manage a demanding workload

Project Management software continues to improve functionality

Is resource planning only for big companies

From the Archives

Who and what is the role of a Change Manger?



Check out this video:

Stakeholders – who they are and who they are not



Download yourself the 27 Point Set-Up for Success Project Checklist.


This is not your standard tick in the box theory checklist. It is designed to get you thinking about all the things you should be considering to make your project successful on top of the fundamentals they teach you in text books.



Influencing Action Toolkits

Our Influencing Action Toolkits provide you with a step by step guide and all the tools you need to set your project up in a way that will enable you to influence action in your team and stakeholders.


No more battling with people on your project who won’t take responsibility. It’s all about getting things done!


If you would like to know more about our Influencing Action toolkits you can find out all about them here


Events and Training

Step Up and Influence Course

Event Date: August 31, 2016
Venue: Karstens Conference and Training Facilities, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne

For more information and booking click here


A Message From Our Founder

I am continually reflecting on and assessing my current projects and strategies.

Sometimes you need make a hard assessment of an activity or project you are running, or even a business and decide when it is a lost cause. Sometimes it is just time to call it a day and cut your losses.

I have recently had to make this decision myself. Deciding that one of my projects has reached a point where the best course of action is to let it go, cut my loses and discontinue.

It was a tough decision to make but a necessary one.

When doing your assessment, here are a couple of the non-traditional things you need to consider:

  • Emotions – Are you subjectively and unemotionally assessing the project or business? If you are emotionally attached then you are at risk of continuing for longer than you should.
  • FOMO – are you afraid that by stopping that one project or business you might miss out of something but that is a big MIGHT? Fear of missing out, even on small things is often a reason people hang on and don’t let go of a lost cause.
  • Instinct – Listen to your instinct. If your gut is telling you things aren’t perfect but if I pivot or tweak the right things it will turn around. Now this might sound like a contradiction to the first point but it is not and don’t get instinct and emotions confused. Knowing and wishing are not the same.

Of course you also need to be assessing potential return on investment, likelihood of success and all of those metrics that help you calculate a good project or business decision but sometimes the above cloud those metrics or make you be a little more lenient when those metrics that don’t quite stack up.

So take a look at your personal and professional life and ask yourself, “Is it time to let go of that lost cause?”

Be bold and step outside your comfort zone this month!






Have an amazing month!

Louise and the Project Community Team


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