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From Onboarding to Expert: Refining and Optimizing the LiquidPlanner Experience

Previously, we discussed the onboarding and adoption stages that companies go through when they integrate LiquidPlanner into their daily workflow. This week, we’ll be covering the third and final stages: refining and optimizing the LiquidPlanner experience. Refining The refining stage tends to kick in once you’ve been using LiquidPlanner long enough to focus on proactively...

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Five Steps to Getting a Project Done

You’re eager to start a new project and jump right in without trying to make order out of and find meaning in everything that needs to get done. How much time do you spend scratching your head, wondering what to do next or even how or where to start? Having a good plan is the most...

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From Onboarding to Expert: Adopting LiquidPlanner Practices

In our last article, we quickly discussed the four key phases LiquidPlanner customers experience when they first begin using the product: onboarding, adoption, refining, and optimization. Then, we detailed the onboarding phase. Today, we’ll focus on adoption and how to gain insights into your team’s usage of LiquidPlanner. Adoption After onboarding, we move into adoption....

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Why You Shouldn’t Be a Jerk

The other night I was watching the pilot of Workin’ Moms, a Canadian sitcom about women who have just returned to work after maternity leave. One of the moms pulls a really jerky move on her first day back, making it seem that her executive assistant had screwed up. By the end of the episode,...

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From Onboarding to Expert: Optimizing Projects and Processes with LiquidPlanner

Here at LiquidPlanner we’ve identified four main stages our customers go through to optimize their projects and processes. Our most successful customers don’t try to “eat the elephant,” so to speak, as soon as they buy LiquidPlanner. They know that change and progress occur in steps. Throughout this series of blog posts, we’ll discuss each...

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Just Keep Swimming: Using LiquidPlanner to Manage the Big Swim

I spend much of my life outside of LiquidPlanner in and around bodies of water. I’m a passionate open water swimmer—marathon swimming, in particular—and a big part of that passion is giving back to the sport. Some swimmers help out at races in various capacities, some crew for other swimmers, but I volunteer my time...

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How to Be Productive When You’re Overwhelmed

Has this ever happened to you? You’re having a perfectly good morning. A warm cup of coffee is in your hand, and you think you’ve got your workload under control when suddenly it hits you— You actually have a small avalanche of prioritized work to get through within the next two weeks, and it doesn’t...

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Ask a PM: How to Motivate the Team When It Thinks It Should Stop

Dear Elizabeth: My project team and the exec leadership team are not on the same page. How do you motivate the team when it thinks it should stop but the senior stakeholders direct us to keep going? This situation has a major disconnect in it. Your team thinks the project should be stopped, but the...

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Resist Business B.S.—How Can We Rebel (and Get Credit for Being Brilliant)?

In my previous article, we discussed how strategic intent answers Why?, how strategic objectives answer What?, and how tactics answer How?. The trouble comes when strategic objectives and executional tactics are developed without answering the Why question first. This is a classic mistake, but one that can be avoided. How to Answer Why? Create a...

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Navigate Team Communication Like a Genderlect Pro

In my previous post, we looked at Deborah Tannen’s work on genderlect and why women and men often misunderstand each other. Here, I share more of her research and a few ideas on how we can become more aware of these differences—not only to improve teamwork but also to help women take charge of their...

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Resist Business B.S.—Why Wouldn’t We Rebel When Strategies Fail?

According to executives, nearly half of all strategic initiatives fail. Various studies conducted since 1995 consistently show executives will admit their strategic objectives have failed on some level almost half the time. I am not surprised by the failure rate, but I am thrilled by the honesty. When we can admit a problem, we can...

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Did You Just Say That? Understanding Gender-Specific Communication Styles

Not sure why members of your multigender team appear to misunderstand each other despite speaking the same language? Here is the single most important point to remember about genderlect. It’s real. The era of gender equality has long since dawned, and while everyone should be working towards a happier, more inclusive society, a quick Google...

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