Special Edition – July 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.Wishing you continued success!


Jennifer Bridges, PMP

Founder – PDUs2Go.com

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Why Micro-Management is Bad 

By Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)

I like to go to my good friend Google to see what words really mean because as we know, there are terms that get misused. A good definition of micro-manager is, according to viewer votes on Yahoo!, a person who is controlling and has to have their hands into everything. They do not allow for others to handle anything without being scrutinized. Sound familiar?

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Take Pride in Developing and Marketing Your Personal Brand! 

By David Nour

There is a lot of literature out there already on building “the brand called you,” so I won’t go into why it’s important, if not critical in this over-hyped world to diligently if not intentionally build, nurture, package, market, and protect your brand. I do want to remind you that brand equity is simply your brand promises, delivered! In essence, that which I perceive your unique value-add to be, by whatever means you’ve positioned yourself (your resume, website, business card, past results, repute, etc.) must match the experiences that I have with you.

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An Introduction to Your Subconscious Mind: Three Ways to Partner With It 

By Tricia Molloy

Why do you do the things you do and why don’t you do the things you should, without really thinking about it? The answer is your subconscious mind. The conscious mind is objective. It is where we perceive, think and decide. The subconscious mind is subjective. It records and retrieves information from all sources, including events, feelings and expectations. It controls our autonomic functions like breathing and digestion and our habits like brushing our teeth and driving a car.

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Be a Better Speaker 

By Chris Widener

At one point or another, those of us in business are called upon to do some public speaking. The way we present ourselves is important because it is representative of who we are, our competencies, and how people will view our businesses. In doing speech-coaching I find that most people are initially concerned with adding things to their presentations, such as props or humor, or in developing techniques such as hand gestures.

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Diamond Leadership: Optimized Capabilities 

By MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

Effectively establishing and leading creative individuals, diverse teams and unique talents is critical to optimize the success of Enterprise performance. Yet, best practices Project, Program and Portfolio Management (PM) require disciplined and structured orchestration… leading by means of clever maneuvering of the team of experts… to optimize their efficiency and proficiency. These two seemingly opposing paradigms are in fact, effectively and successfully synchronized and integrated by continuously applying DIAMOND DYNAMICS®.

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Dissembling: The Art of Hiding Your Feelings…Good or Bad? 

By David Ryback, Ph.D.

Being your real self in the workplace with Relationship Building does not mean blatant spontaneity. Most important is the sense of appropriateness and timing that makes such openness acceptable. It involves, first of all, keeping close track of how you’re feeling from moment to moment, and only then sharing your feelings in the context that can benefit from such sharing.

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Gaining Trust for New Team Members 

By Ron Shapiro

Think about what trust means to you, or to your organization or company. Webster’s Dictionary provides some good keywords: confidence in something or someone else, dependence on something in the future, assurance of the character or ability of a person or group of people – ultimately, they will pull through for you. So with this in mind, what does it actually mean to build trust?

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How to Handle Life’s Challenges 

By Drew Stevens, Ph.D.

I just finished one of my recent Practice Acceleration seminars. When the roller coaster of life seems to threaten your ideals and you are under despair remember the following:

1. Ignore unsolicited feedback.

2. Remain close to those who will support you.

3. Find the power of the mastermind.

4. Failure is an option; use it as fuel to accelerate the practice.

5. Check your baggage and compartmentalize issues.

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Invisible Power: Leadership Influence [part II] 

By Rick Forbus, Ph.D.

The distance between greatness and mediocrity is not necessarily very far apart. The same is true when it comes to the use of influence. The distance between greatness and the overuse of influence is many times not so far apart. This delicate balance of influence is, in my opinion, what makes the great even greater and the great slip to become authoritarian. An excerpt from an article about influence that speaks to the art of persuasion is helpful to examine here.

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Leaders Lift 

By Rob “Waldo” Waldman, Lt. Col., CSP

It’s important to reflect on the past year: the highs and lows, the exciting and the dreadful, the wins and losses. We may not have done everything right, but there were lessons learned that will undoubtedly help us grow in our personal and professional lives. The lessons may have come from the “process,” but more often than not, they came from the people who we worked with.

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May We Borrow Some Of Your “Quiet Courage”? 

By Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

I recently had the privilege of sharing the stage with an introverted leader I admire. Pearl Alexander, Senior Director, HR and Workforce Strategy at the Georgia Institute of Technology is a woman who makes such a difference at her organization and beyond. In our time together, Pearl shared her personal reflections on embracing her role and owning her quiet strengths.

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PMP Career Check: Are You Growing or Going? 

By Lakecia Carter, PMP

Change is inevitable, but growth is optional. How do you know when you are growing as a PM or just going? Growing means you are developing your skills and continuing to evolve in your personal and professional life. Going means you are simply existing and going through the motions to get from one day to the next. The difference in the two is: Growth. Are we PMs forever or do we evolve from project management to something greater?

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Take Your Vacation. It Will Rebuild Your Brain. 

By Don Goewey

More than one in three of us are forfeiting our vacation time. Instead of taking time to renew, most of us are working harder than ever, an average 49 hours a week. We are putting in 100-200 more hours per year than our parents. We sleep less than our parents did; one to two hours less. Those are averages; you might be working more and sleeping less than that.

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Use Humor to Defuse Anger 

By Jeff Justice, CSP

I find that women tend to be more likely to use humor in tense situations. Statistically, women live longer than men. I believe that one of the main reasons is that, generally, they are better at releasing their emotions. They seem able to laugh more easily, cry more easily. Men try to act too serious – meanwhile, women are laughing at us and living longer! Here’s a true example of defusing anger with humor involving a female police officer.

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Want Stardom? Hug a Tree 

By Linda Henman, Ph.D.

This week I had the opportunity to interview internationally renowned operatic soprano Christine Brewer, who lives in Lebanon Illinois, the small Southern Illinois town where I grew up. Since I’m writing a piece for my new book about understanding exceptional people, I could think of no better candidate to give me her insights. Christine does not disappoint, on the stage or off.

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What’s Wrong With These People? 

By Pamela A. Scott

I heard it again today: “What’s wrong with these young people? They want to be project managers right out of college!” Let’s assume there is really nothing “wrong” with the young people. They have high expectations, and many want the big job right away. That expectation is unrealistic. It is particularly galling to Baby Boomers who had to work their way up the ladder.

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Who and What are You Committed To? 

By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

Commitment is defined as being bound emotionally and intellectually to someone or something. The greater the commitment the more focused your energy and the greater the possibility of success. Noel Tichy, an author and professor of management at the University of Michigan agrees that “..the best leaders, either in sports or in business, such as UCLA’s legendary basketball coach John Wooden, see themselves as teachers who guide people, not bully them.

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“What is Success?”

by Lakecia Carter, PMP

One of the most powerful questions a PM can ask a project team is “What is Success?”. In one of my team meetings, I asked the group to participate in a discovery exercise around Define Success CollectivelySuccess. Each team member wrote his or her definition of success on a sticky note. As each person posted notes on the board, it became apparent how aligned and misaligned we were. The rest of our meeting was spent debating and arriving at a common definition of “Success” for our project. What about you? When was the last time you asked this question of your team? Here are 4 things to remember when you do:

#1 Don’t assume that your definition of success is the same as everyone else’s. Success is in the eyes of the beholder. Asking the question opens up interesting dialogue and possible debate. Spend time upfront and you will avoid standing around at the end saying “What was that?”

#2 Discover the drivers behind each success criteria.  Ask why stakeholders define success the way they do. What is motivating them? It will give you greater insight into their behaviors and help manage expectations better. Learn More »

Use Humor to Improve Communication…

by Jeff Justice, CSP

Regardless of your politics, you’ll agree that the Great Communicator of the 1980s was President Ronald Reagan. He won election and reelection using his sense of humor. In his A Great Communicator Uses Humorcampaign debate against President Jimmy Carter, he lightly dismissed one of the President’s explanations with the comment, “There you go again….” His simple message often connected with buoyant optimism — in contrast to the humorless Chief Executive who put on a sweater, lowered the thermostat and told Americans to get used to it.

During his reelection campaign, the issue of Reagan’s age was raised as a disadvantage against his relatively youthful opponent, Senator Walter Mondale. Could the old man be trusted with his finger on the nuclear button? (When my grandfather was that age, we wouldn’t even let him touch the remote!) Comedians were making jokes about it — and you know when comedians are joking about it, it’s serious! Reagan replied, Learn More »

Energizing and Engaging Your Team of Stakeholders

by MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

It is appropriate that you expect optimum results from the assets invested in your strategic project and program initiatives. These initiatives must meet or exceed planned budget ENERGIZING AND ENGAGING YOUR TEAM OF STAKEHOLDERSand schedule expectations, as well as produce high quality products and provide superior service for your clients.

To ensure optimum performance, your team of stakeholders must therefore be fully and competently engaged throughout the lifecycle of the project or program.  As Project Managers, you must energize all stakeholders, including end-users, functional managers, senior management, implementation team members, vendors, etc., to optimally perform their required functions and continuously contribute effectively, to project and program success.

Many believe that motivational techniques are dependent upon the type of project team and may argue:

  • “IT-Project teams require continuous exposure to state-of-the-art technology to sustain their motivation”,
  • “Engineering Teams require access to detailed and unambiguous specifications to sustain their performance”,
  • “Sales Teams require continuous information about the revenue impact to maintain their interest”,
  • And the list goes on…

I do not disagree that motivating techniques responding to these drivers may actually motivate a team… but I submit they motivate only in the short-run!

Psychologists agree that humans are energized and gratified when they provide beneficial services, and recognize that their services are critical to the overall well being of a person or organization. This feeling of self-worth promotes and sustains optimum performance. Clinical studies have even attested to improved health in persons engaged in helping or providing worthwhile services to others!

Projects and programs are the vehicle to provide beneficial products and services to enterprises and individuals, and the project stakeholders are the critical catalyst or component. Your motivational techniques must capitalize on this paradigm and address the following two important areas to optimize and sustain high performance from all stakeholders, throughout the lifecycle of your project or program: Learn More »

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