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The Top Ten Qualities Of High Performance Teams

Posted by on Friday, October 31, 2014, In : Leadership & Teams 

Back on the farm, my grandfather used to say one boy can do a day’s work. Two boys can do a half day’s work. And, three boys won’t do any work at all.

Lousy teams frustrate more people than any other aspect of organisational life, other than lousy leaders.

Incompetent leaders don’t understand high-performance combinations. Incompatible talent struggles to perform. Lopsided teams deliver inconsistent results.

Skillful leaders know how to bring people together in ways that enhance pe...


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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Team Motivation

Posted by on Friday, May 16, 2014, In : Leadership & Teams 

You won’t find Motivation 101 in most business schools; yet, the ability to motivate one’s team and organisation is one of the most important skills you must possess in today’s business climate.

The fact is the great recession has left its mark: employees are in a funk. They are fearful, overworked, distrustful, and have less enthusiasm and passion than ever. And many leaders are continually frustrated by their team’s performance and low morale and engagement. The answer, doesn’t i...


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Five Ways to Convince Executives of the Value of Project Management

Posted by on Friday, April 11, 2014, In : Project Management 

Project management practices provide value to all organisations. The exact argument to use for convincing executives is going to be different from company to company because every company has a unique culture and unique problems they face. But some common benefits should be achieved in all organisations.

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Better Estimating, Planning and Project Definition

How many times have you heard about or been involved in a project that was not as successful as it needed to be. Did you ever spend tim...


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How Your Organisation Culture Influences Your Project Success

Posted by on Friday, March 21, 2014, In : Project Management 

It should come as no shock to learn that some organisations are better than others at managing projects. There are probably no organisations that have a 100% success rate, and hopefully none have a 0% success rate. However, some organisations definitely perform at a higher level than others.

There are a number of organisational factors that influence your ability to deliver projects successfully. Your organisation’s culture has a lot to do with the success rate of your projects.

The ter...


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Four Tips to Deal with Uncertainty on Long Projects

Posted by on Friday, March 7, 2014, In : Project Management 

     Many long projects start off with a lot of uncertainty. You may not be 100% sure of the resource requirements, the final deliverables, the cost, schedule, etc. There may be many risks. The good news is that project managers deal with the uncertainty associated with large projects all the time, and it is very likely that you can be successful. Here are a couple tips to consider, depending on what you think will work best in your situation.

    1.    Break the work into smaller pieces

    T...


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10 Tips for Communicating to a Non-Technical Audience

Posted by on Thursday, December 20, 2012, In : Project Management 

Project managers and technologists (geeks) are detail-oriented folks with a precise way of describing things, especially when those “things” are requirements or product descriptions. However, other people may be less interested in absolute truth and more interested in generally correct information. When a project manager talks with customers, potential customers, executives or project stakeholders, finding the right level of detail and “representation schema” (mental model) can be cha...


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Appreciation, The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Posted by on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, In : Leadership & Teams 

Happy Friday to you! Friday is a great day to let an employee or a coworker know just how much you appreciate them. You have the power to make someone’s day and since it is Friday, that positive feeling will likely stick with them through the weekend. What could be better?

So what is stopping you from making it happen?

1.    Send an email to thank a co-worker for something they helped you with this week. Include their boss if you want.

2.    Take the time to write out a thank you ...


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10 Tips for Good Meeting Minutes

Posted by on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Project Management 

Minutes help with project communication – they ensure people have a common understanding of what the meeting was about, and they serve as a permanent record. They can be especially useful for people who were not able to attend the meeting in person. So here are 10 tips for writing good minutes.

1. Write minutes while you still remember

Don’t leave writing up your minutes until the project meeting is a distant memory. If you can’t remember everything, get someone else to read you...


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