Special Edition – March 1, 2013

March 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, PMPFounder – PDUs2Go.com
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The Three Legs Of Persuasion
By Chris Widener
 
If you have heard me talk about leadership at all, you will know that I have a very simple definition of Leadership. Leadership is simply: Influence. That’s it. Simple. When you lead, you influence. To lead others is to influence them through various means to follow you to your vision of a preferred thought, belief or action. One of the key ways to do so is to increase your ability to persuade people.
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Getting Your Project Off To a Great Start
By Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)
 
If you’ve ever found yourself walking down the halls of your company one day, and all of a sudden are an accidental project manager the next day, then this is for you. We may laugh about it in our group or hallway, but our clients or customers are not going to be that comfortable knowing an accidental project manager is leading their initiative. Therefore, we want to give you seven steps that will help get your project off to a good start and turn you into an intentional project manager.
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Do Your Relationships Have a Fiscal Cliff?
By David Nour
 
If you’ve even remotely kept up with the political discourse that defines Washington, DC these days, you’ve heard of the “Fiscal cliff” – the popular shorthand term used to describe the conundrum that the U.S. government will face at the end of this year, when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect. Among the laws set to change at midnight on December 31, are the end of temporary payroll tax cuts, the end of certain tax breaks for businesses, shifts in the alternative minimum tax that would take a larger bite.
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“The Best Team on Paper or Purpose?”
By Lakecia Carter, PMP
 
Teamwork. Teamplayer. Teambuilding. All are positive terms that we hear everyday. The one word they all have in common is “TEAM”. Team is one of the most overused words in the workplace, yet the most misunderstood. Some teams are the best on paper, meaning the organization chart, with boxes, lines, names and job titles define them. Other teams are the best onpurpose. By purpose, I mean they have core values, a vision and mission, a “real” team. Which one are you part of?
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7 Habits of Highly Funny Project Managers
By Jeff Justice, CSP
 
Why are there people who are funnier than the rest of us? What makes them different? Oh sure, some people are just born funny. Some just have a natural way of saying things that’s funny. Some may look funny while others talk funny. After twenty plus years of teaching normal business people how to be funny(ier) I’ve concluded that the “Highly Funny People (Project Managers included)” all share the same habits, which are learnable by anyone,…even you.
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As the Project Conductor… ORCHESTRATE!
By MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP
 
The leadership role of the enterprise project, program or portfolio manager correlates directly to the role of a conductor… the leader of a trio, quartet, band or orchestra! The conductor must optimize the performance of the various instrumental groups as well as each of the individual musicians. The string, wind, brass and horn sections, as well as the players of each individual instrument…. violin, viola, bass, cello, harp, oboe, clarinet, flute, saxophone, French-horn, trombone, trumpet, piano, guitar and/or drums… must all be apprised of the composition to be performed and exactly when their instrument must be played!
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Dealing With Setbacks
By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.
 
Over the years I’ve spent thousands of hours coaching hundreds of people. They all had one thing in common; they were dealing with setbacks in life. Some of those people were dealing with serious loss, while others were so overwhelmed with stress that the most insignificant thing, like being stuck behind a slow motorist in the fast lane, would cause uncontrollable frustration. One of my favorite authors, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes believes that great ships are not made for the safe harbor; they’re made for stormy seas.
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Focusing On Awareness Leads To Good Business Decisions
By David Ryback, Ph.D.
 
We can use the term value to mean what we feel, positively or negatively, toward a person or situation. When we have good feelings about someone, we say we value him or her, whereas the opposite is true with bad feelings. So feelings embody values judgments. When we think we should like someone but don’t feel the good feelings we expect, then we experience some degree of conflict.
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Good listening = Good Probing
By Ron Shapiro
 
Have you ever sat in a project planning meeting and a few minutes into it realized that you don’t know which project your manager is currently talking about? While your coworkers have been discussing and making plans, you have been thinking about all the emails that you need to respond to and getting to your kid’s baseball game on-time tonight. This happens all the time and to everyone; especially in our time-limited, multi-tasking society.
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How Will You Lead Change in 2013?
By Tricia Molloy
 
In 2013, you may be making a system-wide change in your organization, like introducing new technology, or a personal change to fulfill your New Year’s resolution, like adopting healthy habits. Whatever change you desire, you know it can be stressful and intimidating. Corporate change management guru John P. Kotter, a Harvard professor and author of “Leading Change,” says it takes careful planning to build the foundation for lasting results.
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If It Isn’t Broken Still Break It: Creative Career Thinking [Part III]
By Rick Forbus, Ph.D.
 
JOHARI window style of coaching conversation can be catalytic for a paradigm break through. To discover a new “space” to work and live in, a process of “preferred futuring” needs to happen. This process of creativity and attempting a preferred future view is not easy. To be honest, this kind of transformational thinking is nearly impossible alone. To just actualize a dream is exhausting and sometimes as difficult as trying to see the other side of a mountain from the opposite valley view.
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Introverted Leaders Are Great for Extroverts
By Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.
 
A study published in the Academy of Management and summarized here revealed that introverts make highly effective leaders, especially with extroverted employees. Why? Because they listen! One of the study’s authors, Professor Adam Grant of the Wharton Business School said, “Introverted leaders… are ‘ore likely to listen carefully to suggestions and support employees’ efforts to be proactive.” I have found this in my own work with introverted bosses.
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Ming and the Biz of Biz
By Pamela A. Scott
 
I was meeting with Ming, CEO of a firm with 120 engineers and architects. Ming shared his dismay about staff’s perceptions about recent changes in the business. “We’ve had to make some cutbacks, due to a slowdown in the market. Some of those changes included cutting back on our training costs and requiring staff to strategically plan their trips to minimize travel costs and time away from the office.” As always, my staff engineers are questioning the changes. Their target is the business development folks.
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Taking Ownership
By Drew Stevens, Ph.D.
 
From time to time I adjunct at universities and spend quite some time developing syllabi. Incredibly students continually ask me about assignments because they do not take ownership in reading the syllabi. Currently, there are many individuals angered about winning politicians yet they have not taken ownership with expressing their democratic right of voting. And, there are many doctors that complain about how low their margins and waiting rooms are but spend no time marketing.
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Transforming Type-A (the Heart Attack Personality)
By Don Goewey
 
As you may know, the term Type-A is shorthand for the highly driven, win-at-all-costs individual, who often feels oppressed by time and impatient with people he or she perceives as slowing things down. The upside is that Type-A personalities can make a lot happen fast. But there is an enormous downside. When researchers took a closer look they found this personality type was essentially driven by fear that often led to a chronic condition of extreme stress.
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Trust and Cockroaches
By Linda Henman, Ph.D.
 
It’s official. The Public Policy Polling survey just discovered that Congress has an approval rating of 9%. According to the research, Congress is now less popular than root canals and cockroaches. On the bright side, they beat out ebola virus and gonorrhea. Apparently, we prefer large, disgusting bugs to the august body of leaders we’ve sent to Washington, but we would still rather put up with them than contract a social disease—but not by much.
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Work It Now!
By Rob “Waldo” Waldman, Lt. Col., CSP
 
I remember the first time I was deployed to Iraq during Operation Southern Watch. I sat in an intelligence mission briefing with 50 of my fellow fighter pilots (my wingmen) where we were briefed on the multiple threats that scattered the enemy terrain in Iraq. The SAM’s (surface to air missiles) and AAA (anti-aircraft artillery) were everywhere – each with the reach and power to shoot us out of the sky.
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