Tools to Make or Break the Baking of a Cake

Nov 11, 2010 No Comments

Yesterday I introduced the first of six project management tips drawn from a list of baking advice I found in one of my favorite old references: a 1933 General Foods Cookbook called “All About Home Baking“.  I use this list when teaching a series of workshops I call PM-101 to illustrate how effective project management […]

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FTW: Giant Lessons Learned

Nov 03, 2010 No Comments

Fans of American Major League Baseball tuned in last Monday night to watch the San Francisco Giants win the World Series over the Texas Rangers. I like both teams and didn’t have a particular favorite in the contest, but I did grow to appreciate the Giants for how they got into the championship series and […]

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8 Big Rocks Part-II

Nov 01, 2010 No Comments

Today I’ll share the final four items on my list of Big Rocks that those in charge of making change happen should consider.  These ideas were inspired by the answers I received from members of a LinkedIn discussion forum when I asked this question: “What should you plan for when you’re in charge of making […]

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Soldier, Statesman, Leader

Oct 25, 2010 No Comments

Earlier I discussed two of my four favorite traits of former US Secretary of State and Four-Star Army General Colin Powell. The four traits I admired upon reading his autobiography were his humility, flexibility, raw leadership gifts and problem-solving skills. The fact that he used these skills consistently from the battlefield to the boardroom makes […]

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Four-Star Leadership

Oct 24, 2010 No Comments

A few years ago I read the autobiography of former US Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Four-Star Army General Colin Powell. Agree or disagree with his politics, one cannot help but be struck by four compelling traits he has demonstrated in his public and private life: his humility, […]

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Lessons From the Zoo

Sep 22, 2010 1 Comment

Could your team use a good Gorilla?  How about a Fox or two? Take Inventory: One of the first things I like to do when working with a team engaged in making a big change happen is to take stock of the group’s natural teaming skills and prevailing personalities. I don’t typically have everyone take […]

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Who Would Ever Want to Be King?

Sep 13, 2010 3 Comments

It’s Lonely at the Top. There are plenty of ways for Sponsors to approach their pivotal role in change. It can be said that every leader has their style and every style has its limits. Push too hard and people quit. Give them too much leeway and they wander or worse yet- they mutiny… The […]

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Choosing a Project Team

Sep 03, 2010 1 Comment

Those in the trenches know that quite often a Project Manager doesn’t get to choose the make-up of their team.  Sometimes the best a PM can do is influence who the Sponsors or Business Owners decide to put on the project team. Why’s that so important? Team makeup can have a critical impact on everything […]

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It’s Called Indecision… I Think?

Aug 17, 2010 6 Comments

By now everyone who follows football knows all they need to know about the infamous indecision of Brett Favre.  After a long career in Green Bay that included a Super Bowl win, the future Hall of Fame quarterback announced a tearful retirement a couple years ago only to come back and play a hot and […]

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Abraham Unrivaled

Aug 03, 2010 2 Comments

Abraham Lincoln placed preservation of the Union ahead of his own political ambition by appointing some of his most vigorous rivals to his cabinet. By engaging these rivals, he crafted better decisions and built support for positions that may have otherwise strengthened his opposition.

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…Decisions, Decisions…

Jul 30, 2010 1 Comment

Effective and timely decisions can often influence the success of your change initiative. Consider these 5 ways that leaders and teams can make decisions and keep the momentum for change moving along.

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Racers and Pacers

Jul 30, 2010 3 Comments

When it comes to picking Change Agents, one lesson I’ve learned is that everyone adapts to change at a different pace. So it can help to select a variety of Change Agents – including a few Racers and a few Pacers.

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