Special Edition – April 1, 2013

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This Special Edition includes insights from industry experts who are Changing the Game and Reinventing Project Management Real-Time… from the way Project Managers on the Go(R) consume content and renew their certification to the way they build relationships and transform human behavior. These thought leaders share their latest finds in an effort to make a difference, have impact and improve project success.

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Put Some ZIP Into Your Relationships

By Chris Widener
Relationships are really what makes the world go ’round, aren’t they? I mean, good, positive, healthy and meaningful relationships provide us with the richest experiences we have here on this old earth of ours. Your loving spouse who shares everything with you; that best friend who connects with you like few others do; the people at work who appreciate you and help you to become the best that you can be; This is what brings joy to life!

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Starting a New Project

By Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)
Have you ever been on a project that was derailed from the beginning? I’m going to give you six simple steps where you can start your project out right to finish strong. Step number one. Know your project. This is your project and you need to be the expert. Google needs to be your best friend. Why would you Google? It’s for a corporate project. Well, you can Google or research to learn about the topic of your project.

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A Nobel Prize Laureate Talks Art

By Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.
Speaking at the Vietnam Education Foundation conference on the introverted leader last week I decided to take in a few sessions. I settled back into my seat in the large auditorium, not sure if I would be bored or intrigued. Sir Harold Kroto, a Chemistry prof at Florida State University and winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry invited the audience of 200 plus engineering, science and technology graduate students into his brilliant mind.

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Embrace Management… Not Madness

By MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP
While we may all enthusiastically anticipate and enjoy the excitement of collegiate basketball’s March Madness, we most likely expect our projects and programs to sustain a more controlled delivery and finish! The journey to perfection in any undertaking requires continuous application or practice of fundamental, basic techniques or moves. Project and Program Management (PM) BEST PRACTICES enable successful, effective and efficient delivery of quality products and services… products and services that meet or even exceed stakeholders’ functional specifications and performance expectations!

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Help Yourself to Happiness [part I]

By Rick Forbus, Ph.D.
Does your life have a high happiness quotient? Optimism is the root behavior that manifests in happy actions, and happy feelings. Like optimism, happiness is a thinking style that leads to an “acting” style. In other words, as an Emotional Intelligent indicator, optimism (the tendency to expect the best), brings forth happiness thinking and actions. In my world, happiness is a declared doctrine of belief. This does not mean that I am happy every day, but in general, I have embraced the doctrine of happiness.

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How to Maintain Your Business Relationships

By Ron Shapiro
As we step into 2013 make a plan for building and developing strong business relationships. While looking forward we don’t want to lose sight of the relationships that we have built over the years so let’s take a closer look at some strategies for maintaining those business relationships. 5 Tips for Maintaining Relationships in 2013. Do yourself a huge favor. Write down the name of every business relationship you want to maintain in 2013.

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How to Manage Up

By Pamela A. Scott
Last week I talked about characteristics of the Millennials, the young people you are hiring today. If you check last week’s post, you will see a great comment and additional info from one of our readers. Thank you, unidentified reader, for contributing. This week, let’s explore a 24-year-old Millennial who has to manage a 55-year-old Boomer. Respect Boomers’ experience and use it. Ask them about the history of projects and relationships. Rely on their expertise.

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I Relate, Therefore I Am

By David Ryback, Ph.D.
Since business is made up of transactions between and among people, the most significant aspect has to do with facing what is really going on within yourself and others. The authoritarian point of view is driven by a dispassionate execution of the “business as usual” rules dictated with formal rigidity. This hierarchy-based model contrasts sharply with connecting with others, which takes a collaborative approach, stemming from a supportive, nurturing perspective focused on service, cultural excellence, and leading with caring and trust.

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Leadership in Distress

By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.
Each of us has a specific capacity for leading. Wouldn’t you like to know that you are using your total capacity for leading at work and home? Every one of your leadership characteristics can be available to you every day. There is only one thing standing in the way of you experiencing 100% of those behaviors. That one thing is ‘stress.’ You can’t possibly lead to your highest capacity while overwhelmed with stress.

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Lesson from an NFL Legend

By Rob “Waldo” Waldman, Lt. Col., CSP
I had the rare opportunity to speak to The Cleveland Browns in 2008 the evening before they played The New York Giants on Monday Night Football. It was one of the most rewarding (and, quite honestly, intimidating) speeches I ever gave. The Browns were having a poor season. At 2-3, they were a far cry from living up to their solid 10-6 record the year before. The Giants were the reigning Super Bowl champs and were red hot with a 4-0 record.

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Make Room for What Matters

By Tricia Molloy
Although each step of the CRAVE formula is powerful, the Clean Out the Clutter one gets the most response from my audiences. There are many “aha’s!” as I remind them that clutter distracts and confuses us, drains our energy and gets in the way of what’s most important. And it goes way beyond physical clutter, to technical and emotional clutter, like information overload, an over-reliance on your smart phone, unnecessary obligations, toxic people and unfinished business.

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Make the Connection

By Lakecia Carter, PMP
Communication management is one of the greatest challenges PMs have. We never stop improving in this area. We work at it every day for three main reasons: First, every individual and team is unique – and communicates differently. Second, the complexity and speed of information is increasing constantly. Just when you think you have figured it out, it changes. Third, there is always a creative and innovative way to deliver a message. Amidst the challenges, here are four fundamental basics to keep us connecting well:

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Perfection Is Not An Option

By Don Goewey
On the Discovery/Health website there is a test to determine whether or not you are a “perfectionist.” The preface to the tests asks: Are you putting unreasonable demands on yourself by setting the bar too high? Do you expect too much from your children or lover? Or do you feel that the world is exerting pressure on you? The test asks 15 questions. Here are a few of the questions:

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Project Management Tip – Chasing Your Tail

By Drew Stevens, Ph.D.
For almost 40 years I have had dogs in my life. I love their personality, their love and their habits. To that end, two of my dogs Holly and Wags when bored or in a very playful mood would chase their tail. Tail chasing is common in puppies that do not know it is attached or adult dogs because of some behavioral or neurological order.

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Stress Busters

By Jeff Justice, CSPSEVEN Instant Stress Busters:

  1. The Bart Simpson Maneuver
    See your situation as your favorite sitcom or cartoon character would handle it.
  2. Reframing
    Use humor to turn a negative into a positive.
  3. Flow changers
    If you’re given lemons make lemonade.
  4. Internal humor
    Treat them like they just left a mental institution. Lots of understanding.
  5. Take a humor break
    Go listen to a funny tape or read something that makes you laugh

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To Succeed In 2013, You’ll Need The Ability, Skills, AND Behavior

By David Nour
I recently read that to do any job, you’ll need the physical ability, the right skills including the knowledge and experience, and the right behavior. To succeed in 2013, those ingredients can’t be emphasized enough when it comes to your portfolio of relationships as well. Consistent with the counsel to make time for introspection in the New Year, let me ask you: Do you have the right abilities;

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Trust: The Glue That Makes Exceptional People Stick Around

By Linda Henman, Ph.D.
“Trust” has become a conversational shuttle cock that people bat around—assuming everyone defines the word in the same ways and values it to the same degree. Everyone seems to agree that trust is a good thing. They just don’t all agree on exactly why. Trust has three main constructs. The first and most obvious involves the faith in people that they won’t lie, cheat, or steal—a sort of “honor code” genus of trust.

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