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Using Your Schedule as an Influencing Tool

Using Your Schedule as an Influencing Tool    Abstract Developing and maintaining a project schedule is one thing. Turning it into a decision support tool for the team and project stakeholders is another.  This paper explores methods for making the schedule accessible and relevant to the team members, not just the project manager. Project schedules are dense with information and contain a lot of shorthand to describe complex deliverables and tasks.  Team members often ignore the schedule as it is too abstract and complex for their day-to-day use.  The schedule therefore becomes the sole realm of the project manager and is labeled “bureaucratic,” ...


Most people think that meetings are a complete waste of time.  Well, other people's meetings are - their own meetings are important.  Agendas are uncommon, or too vague when they are written and then not followed.  People are unprepared, distracted by blackberries and laptops, and don't contribute much of real use to the discussions.  The meeting chair rants, or fumbles or gropes for answers.  People are frustrated, bored, sleeping.   Everyone shows up though, unless they are in some other unimportant meeting.  Sound familiar? Meetings are one of the main shields in the arsenal to defend against work cowardice.  What is work ...


As leaders and professionals, often our toughest job is in expressing our needs, concerns and ideas, and understanding those of others. It is often a mystery why we find communication to be so difficult, and it has not been until we acknowledged the role of our emotions in our thinking, deciding and communicating that we have started to really master our understanding of how to improve our communications. Certainly there have always been those who seemed to know this stuff intuitively or perhaps figured it out, but while we have seen the anecdotal evidence, the data to support it was ...



Sandy has left us in the dark. We expected it- we live in a fairly rural corner of Bucks County, PA, where there are overhead power lines and a lot of roads lined with trees. Fifty-plus mile-per-hour winds don't mix we'll with that combination. The October ice storm left us without power for 4 days last year - the longest power outage I've ever experienced. There were at least four breaks in that line - the power company called me every time they thought my power was restored. We are pretty far down the line in the count of homes ...


Google is a quintessential Gen X company, much less fettered by the beliefs of the industrial age organizations that define how to be successful, and even what is success.  They have provided a number of new standards and ideas for those who want to thrive in the 21st century.  Many of the companies started by Gen X-ers follow different rules and embrace different values – Google is one that is so successful that people take notice. One such practice that is being talked about is mindfulness.  Usually the talk is quiet, as is the practice!  Among the Baby Boomers it is ...


So What’s the Deal with Coaching?

So What's the Deal with Coaching? ong, long ago, it was the goal of every young adult to land a job with a great firm where you would have a job for life. Once you landed in the ideal company, you would be part of the family - starting at an entry level and working your way up the corporate ladder.   Along this journey, more senior members of the team would guide and mentor you, keeping a keen eye on your progress, \ giving advice and perhaps a recommendation or reference, and helping you ...


I know I'm honest (mostly) but are you?  What do you fib about?  What compels people to lie outright?  If you think it would be interesting to know the science behind lying, here it is. This is the third book by Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University.  Behavioral economics is a new field of study, crossing the practices of psychology and economics. (As of this writing, there are no degrees offered in behavioral economics, though there are courses ...


I will be presenting the Project Management in Action workshop, at the PMI 2012 Congress Mega SeminarsWorld in Vancouver, Canada, October 18-20, 2012. Click here for more information and to register on-line through PMI. This workshop uses accelerated learning- a method for adults to learn using hands-on and experiential techniques.  Come to hone your skills and practice all those PMBOK® Guide techniques that you always meant to use on your project, but never quite got to execute! See you in Vancouver!