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Project Management, Psychology & New Rules

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Project Management, Psychology & New Rules


Hi, I’d like to let you in on a little secret.  In our research 95% of the organizations and teams that buy project management software… (drum roll), don’t end up using it very well, and don’t get the results they were projecting.  We see it every day.  We sell project management software, and are well aware that the correlation between buying software and a change in behavior is meager at best.

Perhaps you’re ...

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Mandatory versus Voluntary Best Practices

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Mandatory versus Voluntary Best Practices


Quick question.  Are best practices mandatory where you work, treated like stopping at stop signs, or optional…, a choice, if it’s convenient, or “if you feel like it”?  The issue has come front and center with GM in the spotlight this year, but this one reads like any company you and I may have worked at, and/or are currently working, keep reading and let’s see.

At GM, Mary Bara, ...

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The Work Contract at Your Office

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The Work Contract at Your Office


With Gallup reporting that more than 50% of US employees are unengaged where they work, and McKinsey suggesting it is much worse outside of the US, it might make you wonder about why, and how people rationalize to themselves working when they are not engaged with what they are getting paid to do.  Beyond our capacity to rationalize, I think it all starts with the “WORK CONTRACT”.  By the ...

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How to Get More Effective, Time-Efficient Meetings

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How to Get More Effective, Time-Efficient Meetings


It’s Monday, as I’m writing this.  A lot of us spend a significant amount of time on Monday in meetings.  For some it doesn’t let up through the week.  Most of us, if grabbed in the hallway, would acknowledge that we wished meetings were run better, didn’t take up as much of our time, and in general created more value for what they cost.  We might even voice the question defined by ...

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Your Administrative Assistant & You

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Your Administrative Assistant & You


What if there was a way to help your administrative assistant be 100% more effective,  66% less frustrated… how about 33% happier?  I don’t know about the exact numbers, you can plug them in.  But I do know there’s a couple of things you probably aren’t doing right now, that if you would just start doing them daily, you would not only help your admin, but you would also help yourself… a lot.  Keep reading, this ...

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McKinsey, Interrupts and Change

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McKinsey, Interrupts and Change


Recently I’ve been blogging more about leadership and what’s involved, from brain functioning to actual tactics, to help improve your own and others performance.  Occasionally someone comes along in life and directly corroborates what you’re talking about.  That happened this last month for me, with an article Nate Boaz and Erica Fox posted in the McKinsey Quarterly, underscoring the value of working on yourself.  The article is a good read, entitled, Continue Reading →

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Leadership Realities and You

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Leadership Realities and You


What if you had a mental map for what constitutes effective leadership?  You know, a way to verify if you are in the zone, when you care to check.  In fact you probably already have one, but it may not be that clear.  So in this blog I’d like to give you one, a map that is, so you’ve got something to go by.  But I’d like to give you ...

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6 Management Behaviors that Can Grow or Hurt Your Business

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6 Management Behaviors that Can Grow or Hurt Your Business


As an executive or business owner, you know that working on your business process instead of in your business is so important, because it can pay off in many ways. It’s the root of what Gerber in his book, the E-myth, writes about.  It’s the idea that you’ll be more successful if you make sure to develop processes for hitting all your key business deliverables, and avoid getting caught up ...

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Change the Consequences to Launch Change

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Change the Consequences to Launch Change


In this blog, I’d like to reveal a tip for how to be the most effective you can be at bringing about change, with whomever you work .  In short, the most effective way to communicate and get a change in others is to extend more effort than just talking, and change the contingencies, the consequences, the reinforcements to fit with the new behavior patterns that comprised the desired change.   But there’s an ...

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Strategic Planning, Lies and Making it Fun

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Strategic Planning, Lies and Making it Fun


Two very different articles, crossed my desk recently, both have a bearing on how to approach strategic planning, and even more so when you get around to implementing strategy and making it real.  The second one is a research study out of Queens University in Canada following the effects of 22 women exercising.  You’re probably thinking, “What, I thought this blog was on strategy?”  It is.  And I’ll explain in a minute, but let’s begin ...

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