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7 Personality Types That Make a Well-Rounded Team

Working with a team of people can be exhilarating—and challenging. Aside from the chemistry of personalities and work styles that affect a group dynamic, there’s also the territorial play. We don’t mean to get all Wild Kingdom on you, but we humans are territorial beings. In the biz world, this means that when individual roles...

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The Difference Between Managing and Leading

As a project leadership coach, speaker and trainer, my primary job is to help project managers improve their performance and well-being. I work with PMs so they can manage their projects more efficiently; build stronger relationships with their stakeholders; motivate their team and increase individual confidence.   And invariably, we end up talking about the differences...

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8 Steps to Plan for Your Successor

Always have an exit strategy.   That advice is a truism for nonprofits, business owners and boards of publicly traded companies. All of them have a fiduciary duty to craft succession plans for key leaders. However, the adage equally applies to project managers. You don’t want to be stuck in your position for the foreseeable...

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How to Lead Multiple Projects and Teams

Many project managers cut their teeth by successfully managing a series of single projects. After showing such competence, the real test comes when they take on a portfolio of two, three or more projects to manage simultaneously. That challenge separates the project managers from the true leaders.   When that leadership test arrives, you’ll have...

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Q & A: How Project Management Coaching Makes Better Leaders

Most of us want to get better at our jobs – to do meaningful work, gain influence and achieve recognition. But what happens when you’re stuck – and all the courses, seminars and certificates still don’t get you to where you want to be? Enter coaching – a way to dive deeper into the one...

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How to Create a Sense of Urgency with Your Team

Is your team afflicted by too much talk, not enough action? Or perhaps your team suffers from paralysis by analysis, and can’t seem to bring their plan into being. It’s a situation many teams and their leaders get caught in. And the solution is not to hold another meeting. As management guru and forefather, Peter...

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How to Get Your Team to Adopt New Tools

It’s a common struggle among project managers: getting team members to use new technology tools. As a result, implementation of new project management software tools often fails. So here are two points to consider if you’re planning to introduce new software tools to your organization: Why business software implementations fail Best practices for team adoption...

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4 Tips for Managing Remote Workers

A long-time client vented recently over a new mandate from a new (and distant) corporate parent: Office space, pricey in Silicon Valley, would be for engineers. Marketing folks would work remotely from home offices. It’s a perfectly sensible financial decision for the company, but the underlying judgment that engineers are prioritized for face-to-face collaboration rankled...

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Selling Social Project Management

Social project management is a non-traditional approach to integrating both team management and project portfolio management.  In this approach team members share in the stewardship of the plan and control is less centralized. I wrote a previous post called The 5 Laws of Social Project Management and now I want to go deeper into selling the...

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