Just the FAQs

Nov 19, 2010 3 Comments

There’s a classic line from the old television police drama Dragnet where Detective Sergeant Joe Friday (as played by Producer/Actor Jack Webb) tries to keep an eyewitness focused during the process of questioning.  He exhorts her to provide: “Just the facts Ma’am…” instead of rambling on or locking up in response to his questions. Joe […]

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Cool Your Cakes!

Nov 14, 2010 2 Comments

People, People, People!  Project Management would be so much easier if it were not for the challenge of managing people, right? Today’s article will focus on the human side as we wrap up a list of project management best practices I’ve learned from the kitchen. Context: The 1933 cookbook “All About Home Baking” suggested 6 […]

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It Takes the Best to Make the Best

Nov 12, 2010 No Comments

Today I’ll continue walking through a list of six project management rules that I started a couple days ago. These maxims are based on a collection of “rules for baking” which I discovered in my batter-&-splatter-stained copy of the 1933 General Foods Cookbook called “All About Home Baking“. Wednesday’s rule was “Be Orderly“. PM’s can […]

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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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I Didn’t Even Realize I Was Baking

Nov 10, 2010 3 Comments

As a part of rolling out big changes, I sometimes teach a series of workshops called Project Management-101. In the workshops, I help change teams understand and apply the most basic techniques of project management to reach their goals. One of the most refreshing things about helping people who are new to this field is […]

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Tech Time-Wasters

Nov 06, 2010 No Comments

Many Brits cheered new British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent ban on cell phone use during cabinet meetings.  Cameron, who is an avid technophile himself, (his favorite cell phone game is reportedly Angry Birds) reasoned that the entire group would be more focused and would conduct the people’s business more quickly by paying full attention.  […]

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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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Rockin’ the Vote for Change!

Oct 27, 2010 No Comments

It’s election time in the US. We’re being inundated with TV advertisements and billboards claiming that the world will quickly turn around if we’d just vote correctly – and the world may end if we mess it up. Since I live in Florida, a.k.a. “the land of close elections and hanging chad“, you can imagine […]

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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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Keep Calm and Carry On

Oct 16, 2010 2 Comments

You may be familiar with an interesting little red book of quotes put out by Andrews McMeel Publishing a couple years ago called “Keep Calm and Carry On.”  The book’s familiar design and title are drawn from a poster that was created by the British Ministry of Information for British soldiers before World War II. […]

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Plan the Work – Work the Plan

Oct 04, 2010 No Comments

In a previous post, I shared what core activities should be in a good Organizational Change Management (OCM) Plan. Now let’s look at how to do the work of planning for your OCM project. The Art of Planning: I’m going to use the word “plan” as a verb here.  When I say “plan for OCM” […]

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No Plan, Epic Fail

Sep 29, 2010 No Comments

One common thread I’ve seen in many organizational change disasters is the utter lack of a PLAN to guide the work.  In an earlier article, I laid out common reasons that Organizational Change Management (OCM) initiatives fail and this risk is right at the top of that list. There’s an old project management adage that […]

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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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Resistance is Futile (except when it works)

Sep 19, 2010 No Comments

I hear the term “resistance” a lot when helping clients implement change.  Not surprisingly, I hear it more from those at the top who are trying to make the change happen – than from those in the field who are allegedly practicing resistance… Reminds me of the famous (and obvious) plot line of Star Trek: […]

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… a Question of Sponsorship

Sep 15, 2010 3 Comments

Following up on the post earlier this week about Sponsorship, I wanted to get your opinions on the following question which I first posed a few weeks ago. You may click multiple items and your comments would be especially helpful. After you vote, let’s consider the impact of your answers. How did you answer? Of […]

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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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Success Factor #1: Alignment

Sep 09, 2010 5 Comments

Get on Track Early! Before tackling any significant change, it’s important that Change Leaders and Change Agents get on the same page about exactly what your change involves.   I call that alignment.  I use a simple set of questions to help my clients draw out the key elements of alignment. As you will see, the […]

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