Special Edition – December 1, 2012


December 2012
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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.Wishing you continued success!

Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)

Founder – PDUs2Go.com

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The Best Practical Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright

By Chris Widener

As one who does some speech coaching, I have heard all of the crazy ideas on how to conquer stage fright, but I think in more basic ideas. Actually, just a few. Here they are: 1. Know your stuff! The best thing you can do is to be overwhelmingly, thoroughly, and completely prepared and in mastery of your material. Much of the fear comes from wondering if you will make a mistake, or if the audience will know more than you.

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26 Strategic Relationship Lessons From The Past Decade – Part II

By David Nour

Adding to the last post, here is the rest of the list of 26 strategic relationship lessons I’ve learned, have supported in working with world-class clients, and watched others do well or not in the marketplace: 11. Intracompany relationships are a critical foundation. A big myth about business relationships is that they’re purely focused on external ones: customers, suppliers, media, etc. There is a reason airline safety videos suggest that you put the oxygen mask on yourself first, before helping others. Treat internal relationships with respect, value their input, and reward them for win/win, not “we win!”

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8 Ways to Eliminate Paralysis by Analysis

By Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)

Have you ever been ready to execute your project and you just can’t seem to get your team going? Here are eight tips to alleviate analysis paralysis and get things done: People need information in order to accomplish their tasks and deliverables. It’s very important to have that information coming in during the executing and controlling phases. Anticipate what your team member’s needs are and have that information ready and waiting for them when they need it to move forward during their phase of the project.

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Act Like You’ve Got Some SenseB

y Linda Henman, Ph.D.

My mom was one of the smartest people I’ve ever known—well-read, insightful, and articulate. She didn’t talk much, but when she did, as we used to say in the South, “She was et up with common sense.” One expression she oft repeated, “Linda, act like you’ve got some sense.” In high school, I realized she had violated a rule of grammar and pointed out that she should say, “Act as if you’ve got some sense.” Her reply? “See what I mean?” Last week a professor at American University didn’t act as though she had any sense at all. She took her sick child to work and then breastfed her in front of the class.

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Candid Organizational Cultures Thrive (Part II)

By Rick Forbus, Ph.D.

“As we continue this topic, a small dose of levity is needed. Passive Aggressive (PA) conversations happen all around us. Here are a few good PA quotes that we all hear: (Some of these are pretty good to better avoid being totally honest in certain situations, I guess.) – How’s that working out for you? (Response to a stupid “life” decision.) – This is a…memorable dish. (For that potluck dinner bad dish with its insistent chef.) – Your mother must be so proud. – No, really, DO go on. (Insanely boring or insignificant conversation.)”

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Capitalize on the Law of Attraction

By Tricia Molloy

The Law of Attraction is an ancient concept that’s often misunderstood in our modern world. Let me simplify it. We are all vibrational energy beings and we vibrate at different levels at different times. Vibrations is just another word for feelings and emotions; it’s our attitude. When we feel appreciated and are taking good care of ourselves, we will vibrate at a high, positive, constructive level. When we are burned out, stressed out, in fear, worried and feel unappreciated, we will vibrate at a low, negative, destructive level.

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Excuses or Actions

By Drew Stevens, Ph.D.

“In the crazy busy world in which we live there are plenty of excuses. The media recently blames many of the fast food restaurants for the world’s obesity. However, restaurants do not place food in anyone’s mouth people do! Many people claim that their obesity makes it difficult to walk yet they use scooters rather than walk. There are many other individuals that desire more money so they subscribe to infomercials and other “get rich quick schemes.” And then there are those that blame politicians, coworkers and even neighbors for their misfortunes.”

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Getting the Troops to Understand You [ Part I ]

By Pamela A. Scott

“Today’s piece is about you. And so is next month’s, because this topic is too important to convey in one posting. I was meeting with this week with Glenn, CEO and owner of a midsize engineering firm. Here’s what happened. Situation: “Pam, I really need your help,” Glenn said. “Every January I give a state of the company address to the troops. The usual stuff: how we did last year, where we’re going this year, how excited/optimistic/cautious I am about the future, and so on.”

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How Do Successful Leaders Maintain Self Control?

By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

“Composer John Stevenson said, “Many people have the ambition to succeed; they may even have a special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job, there is no need to master themselves.” Think back over your career and the people you’ve worked with; what would you say are the chief characteristics of successful people? A few things stand out to me, one of them being self-control.”

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Introvert Bias During a Hot Political Time

By Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

“The image of introverts in politics is still so off base. Take views of Obama for example. He is a known introvert. His lower key temperament, passion for privacy, preference for focused conversation and considered comments all support this personality preference. Now that candidate Obama is under an enhanced microscope, critics are using the term introvert without a clear understanding of what it means. Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Beast brought to light an off base comment by political writer John Heileman who said about President Obama.”

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Legendary Leadership… PM Best Practices

By MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

“With all of the functions, procedures, tasks and processes expected of project and program managers, it is no wonder that there never seems to be enough time for proactive and effective leadership!… or is there actually enough time ?!*!? Exploring “leadership” a bit further, and discovering it means to guide, show the way or be a compelling force, it now becomes clear that applying PM best practices not only promotes leadership, but legendary leadership… Leadership that is renowned, celebrated, acclaimed, and worthy of imitating and repeating!”

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Lessons Learned or Innovation Inspired?

By Lakecia Carter, PMP

The last time you conducted a lessons learned session, how many new lessons did you learn? A couple of familiar phrases may be “Communication issues are the #1 reason for project failures” or “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. My question is, “So what else is new?” I want to challenge our thinking because we all need a fresh perspective on lessons. How can PMPs use lessons learned as tools for innovation? The last thing we want is another prescribed closing exercise. One more-of-the-same lessons learned session will be the death of us!

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PETs, CATs, and other Relationship “Power Tools”

By David Ryback, Ph.D.

We all know individuals who walk around as if they’re looking for a fight. For whatever reason, they’re always on edge, angry at the world and defending themselves against a threatening universe. Sure enough, there are many conflicts when individuals are ready to invite them into their lives. By the same token, we have also known their opposites-those who exclude calmness and seem to make others feel comfortable and safe. There is no conflict here, only solving problems in a caring, mindful manner. How can we account for such difference in personality?

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Stress Management With Humor

By Jeff Justice, CSP

“To fight the daily onslaught of stress in your life Jeff Justice, President of Corporate Comedy suggests that you use your sense of humor. Nothing relaxes and refreshes the body like a good hearty laugh. The ability to take your job seriously and yourself lightly will go a long way in the battle against stress. A sense of humor can be used in stress reduction, problem solving, team building and improving communications without ever telling a joke. Comedy works by stepping back from a situation and playing up its absurdities.”

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The Little Smile Technique

By Ron Shapiro

“The Chairman of Shapiro Negotiations, Ron Shapiro, shared the story of how his little leaguer son used an unconventional technique that turned out to be a secret weapon. “When my son, David, was a pitcher for his Little League team, he would concentrate so hard on throwing strikes that he’d get very tense, and instead of pitching better, he’d begin to lose control and start to throw wild pitches. The more tense he got, the less he found the strike zone.”

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The Most Important Breakthrough in Our Understanding of the Brain in Four Hundred Years (Part II)

By Don Goewey

“Last month we explored a recent breakthrough in our understanding of the bran in four hundred years and provided an example of how you can apply this new learning to aid in your thinking process. Below are two additional examples you can try: Science is discovering that the creative power inside the human brain is not only vaster than we can imagine; it’s much easier to access than we used to believe. Creative insight is generated in a region of the brain called the anterior superior temporal gyrus, which is on the surface of the right brain, just above your ear.”

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The Secret Ingredient to Business Success

By Rob “Waldo” Waldman, Lt. Col., CSP

Jules Ormont once said, “A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.” In business the more you increase the altitude of your success the less rights you have. When you are the CEO of a company you no longer have the right to a vacation, when you are the owner of a business you no longer have the right to get paid and when you are in management you no longer have the right to be respected.

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