Special Edition – February 1, 2013

February 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.Wishing you continued success!

Jennifer Bridges, PMP

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Bring on the Boosters!By Chris Widener

Nobody becomes a success alone, period. There is no such person who is “self made.” I know this because I have regularly involved myself with some of America’s most successful people and as I listen to their stories I realize that all of them have had what I call their own “booster club.” When I think back over my life I realize that I have had my own booster club: People who gave me a boost, either through direct help, opening doors to others or opportunities, or through their belief in or encouragement of me.

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5 MORE Reasons Why Projects Fail

By Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)
If you’ve ever been part of a project that failed, you’ve experienced some of the scenarios below. Years ago, I was hired into a company primarily to recover troubled projects. It was then that I began to study what made projects succeed, and what made others fail. I’ve looked at a cross-section of project environments, and over time have seen certain scenarios repeat themselves. There are all kinds of research as to why projects fail; Gardner Group and some other organizations track this all the time, but the following reasons are from my own experience.

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To Really Innovate, You Have to Kill More Good Ideas!

By David Nour
If you’ve heard me speak, I often refer to doings things better as incrementalism; real innovation comes from doing things differently! Innovation is crucial to every team and organization in its efforts to evolve. As a consultant, my job is to encourage clients to generate and test all kinds of new ideas – from products and services to even team dynamics. But it’s also my job to help them kill off all the bad ideas they generate, and most of the good ideas too! Here is what I mean.

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Fear vs Risks

By Drew Stevens, Ph.D.
I am often overwhelmed by requests to help others achieve better business success. However, after 30 years I find two things a) many have listened to such poor advice they are afraid to move and b) many just do not like to take any risks. The problem then is not only risk but fear to move your project forward. Lethargy and fear will kill your practice if you don’t take action. When working as a doctor you can be like an athlete on the field and play in any circumstance and with any challenge.

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Getting the Troops to Understand You! [part II]

By Pamela A. Scott
To recap from the October blog – part 1: Glenn, CEO of a midsize engineering firm, is frustrated because he thinks he is communicating his annual state of the company message clearly, but the troops never seem to get it. What can he do? The Challenges When you are addressing a large, diverse group of people, you have multiple needs to meet. Some listeners/readers want a history of how we got to where we are. This is a favored approach for many engineers. So, you tell your story from a chronological standpoint.

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Giving: Not Always Blessed

By Linda Henman, Ph.D.
Sometimes I’d rather not receive—unsolicited feedback. More often than not, the feedback has more to do with the needs of the sender than any benefit to the receiver. And I just find it annoying. Recently I gave a speech to a room full of executives. The audience received the message well, and, when I walked off the stage, I met a line of people who wanted to congratulate me and ask me to autograph their copies of my book. A professional speaker can ask for nothing more!

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Here are Five Ways to Use Universal Principles to Find Your Ideal Job

By Tricia Molloy
Searching for a new job can be one of the most challenging and emotional experiences of your life. When you capitalize on the power of your subconscious mind and use universal principles-like Affirmations and Gratitude-you will have the clarity, confidence and commitment you need to succeed. By following these five strategies, based on the “CRAVE Your Ideal Job” program, you’ll have a competitive edge to not only find another job but the one that’s right for you.

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How Long Do You Hold Onto Stress?

By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.
As long as I’ve been in business stress has been a topic of discussion. We all have experienced it at one time or another. Some of us deal with it appropriately by realizing the detrimental effects it has on our physical, mental, and emotional well being and take corrective action. Others tend to not deal with it at all, experiencing the negative effects on the body, mind and emotional state. Whether you experience the results or not, the real issue is not that we have stress, but how we deal with it.

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If It Isn’t Broken Still Break It: Creative Career Thinking [Part II]

By Rick Forbus, Ph.D.
One obstacle that coaching conversations reveal to me in my practice is that overcoming paradigms is nearly impossible alone. The JOHARI Window that is used by psychologists, coaches and some consultants is a good way to speak to how we all have “blind spots” in our self-awareness. These unknown areas many times are what stop us from being able to break into a new paradigm or new area of hope of existence. The JOHARI Window was developed in 1955 by two psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham, thus, the name JOHARI, was designed from their first names.

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Is it Possible for Introverts to be Good Public Speakers?

By Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.
Being introverted does not mean you can’t also be a phenomenal speaker. Introverts often use their natural strength of preparation to sound smooth and clear in their message. And just like an actor that goes into character they often perform brilliantly in their roles. In fact, a large majority of actors and comedians are actually introverted in temperament. They rehearse and then step into character. Making a presentation to two or twenty people is the way to educate, inform and influence others.

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Polish Your Performance – Diamond

By MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP
As PM professionals, we no doubt resolve to diligently apply Project, Program and Portfolio Management (PM) best practices, throughout the year. At this time, in this economic climate, perhaps more than ever, it is necessary to make your capabilities as well as those of your organization SHINE…you must continuously polish the facets of your PERFORMANCE DIAMOND®… Knowledge, Process, Technology, Professionalism. To enhance your performance, you must possess the knowledge required to optimally perform the tasks of your profession.

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Release Brakes

By Rob “Waldo” Waldman, Lt. Col., CSP
As I write this article at my favorite Starbucks, I can’t help but hear the conversation next to me. A middle-aged woman is having a coffee meeting with a peer discussing job opportunities, the market, and their personal networks. It’s obvious that she’s lost her job due to cutbacks and is networking like mad, reaching out to her wingmen and exploring job opportunities. Sound familiar? We all know someone who recently lost a job or who is struggling with their business. The economy is tough today.

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The 30-Second Time Out for Peace

By Don Goewey
Stress-free is the quality of presence called peace that flows into whatever you happen to be doing. We often assume that we have to strive for this quality but the fact is your brain is wired for peace. Evolution wired it into the neuro-circuitry of the right brain to make peace part of human nature. If you don’t believe it, listen to the TED.COM talk given by Harvard neuro-anatomist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. The problem for most of us is that we don’t give peace the chance to flip the switch for a better life experience.

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The Cure for Overload

By Lakecia Carter, PMP
One of the most common states of today’s Project Manager can be summed up in one word : “Overloaded”. In efforts to become more efficient, we’ve placed a heavy burden on the PM’s shoulders. I am sure that we are overloaded because we are so good, right? The reality is, when we are managing on overload, we are not at our best. We tend to make mistakes and overlook the important details. After so long, we become drained.

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The Health Benefits of Talking Less

By Ron Shapiro
You know that feeling you get when you’re in a negotiation and you feel like you’re not being heard? You talk and talk but no matter what you say you feel like the other side isn’t listening. They may be feigning interest, but you know that they’re not really hearing what you’re saying. You become a little agitated and try even harder to get them to listen. Eventually you feel like your heart is beating faster and your collar is getting tighter. Is this all in your head? No, it’s actually a proven effect.

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The Team that Laughs Together

By David Ryback, Ph.D.
When it comes to laughter, it appears that what is important is the social context in which it occurs. Therefore, what is said prior to laughter determines its effect more than any other single variable. In terms of social context, what matters is the sex of the individuals involved and whether they are friends or strangers. The laugh of a female who approaches a male who is a stranger will most likely have sexual overtones. A female’s laugh in a mixed group such as a business cocktail party will likely have flirtatious overtones.

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TWENTY Stress Reducers

By Jeff Justice, CSP
1. Laugh at yourself. 
For good health, laugh at least ten times a day and five of those should be at yourself.

2. Realize that most events in our personal and business lives will fall somewhere on a continuum between very positive and very negative. Find your balance.

3. Do some stretching and breathing exercises every few hours.
Being trapped behind a desk or the wheel of a car all day can make the body stiff. Use deep breathing from your stomach to relax you and stretching to loosen the muscles and joints.

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