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Management (234)

Making Change Stick

stickAre you tired of hearing people say the only constant is change?  I think we all need to keep saying it to remind ourselves we have to always be ready to keep changing.  Here’s the rub:  how do we make change stick?  How can you, as a project manager, use your skills to create business processes that have staying power? Read more...

Are you Low Maintenance or High Maintenance?

harrysallyI was recently watching the movie When Harry Met Sally, and there’s that funny scene where Harry tells Sally that she’s high maintenance:

Harry Burns: There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.

Sally Albright: Which one am I?

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The Power of a Mastermind

American self-help writer Napoleon Hill (1883-...
“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill, author of "Think and Grow Rich" Napoleon Hill is credited with popularizing the concept of the mastermind group in his book, "Think and Grow Rich," which was published in 1937 during the Great Depression. Read more...

Survey Results - Success Is In Your Hands

finger-pointing-businessman_ruggia0042cA few weeks ago many of you participated in a survey about deployments. We asked for your experiences around successes and failures of EDI implementations. We segmented the survey into three main categories so that we could better understand the results based on the role you play in the supply chain: Supplier, Customer, or Technology Provider. As we expected, there were differences in the results based on the point of view. But what we didn't expect was the extent to which all three segments agreed on the primary reasons for success and failure. Read more...

Coaching: The Secret Sauce of Success

secret-sauceThere’s a reason that top-performing executives all over the world have coaches.  Because good coaching dramatically improves performance.  A study by Metrix Global showed coaching produced a 529% return on investment (ROI).  Most of us would be thrilled with even a fraction of that ROI!

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Using Irrational Behavior to Your Advantage

irrationalIt’s the start of a new year and once again, I set goals for the year. These are different than “resolutions” as I fully intend on meeting them. Some of these goals are the same from year to year: get in better shape, spend more time with my family, work smarter (not necessarily harder), decrease expenses, increase revenue,  be the change I want to see in the world,  end world hunger, get a super power... and this year I added a new goal to the list. I will walk 1,000 miles in 2011. Instead of approaching this goal rationally, like I’m prone to do for any project, I wanted to apply the ideas in the book Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, by Ori and Rom Brafum. If I behave irrationally naturally, as the authors point out, I may as well behave irrationally in a way that helps achieve my objectives.

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Your Project- Passion or Poison?

poison_signWelcome, February. The days are starting to get longer, the snowstorms are (hopefully) subsiding, and Valentines Day is just around the corner. All over the country, you can find different opinions about Saint Valentine’s Day. Some people are excited at the prospect of flourishing their loved one with adoration and gifts on this special day, others dread the thought of it, while still others ignore the holiday completely. The enjoyability of this holiday can be circumstantial to what situation you are in. If you are in a new relationship, Valentines Day can act as a finely tuned microscope on your relationship, exploiting the shortcomings or highlighting the strengths, and can force us to decide if the relationship is really good for us, or if it’s poison.

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When in Doubt… Leave it Out

doubtImagine you are sitting in your car, wondering, what shall I do for dinner? Shall I pick up Chinese food to go? Meet my friend Sally for dinner, or go home and cook dinner myself while watching American Idol? All of a sudden you are sitting there, frozen in time, unable to make a decision about what to do for dinner. And this is one of the easier choices in life. Read more...

De-stress for Success

destress1Are you proactive or reactive in your work and personal life? Think about your career. Do you jump on tasks as they pop up, putting out fires as you go? Now consider your weekend. Do you wait until plans come to you, or do you make plans to ensure that you are having the kind of free time that you want with family and friends?

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