Don’t Make Me Work On A Project. Please.

I love projects. I love the sense of mission. I love the focus.

I love seeing something finished. I love delighting sponsors and clients. I love that I get to start new things over and over in different places and with different people. My favourite thing of all is righting a listing project, getting everything humming and seeing the people thriving.

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You Are the Best, So Do Whatever You Like

Congratulations! You just won a new assignment that involves a lot of responsibility in a high profile situation. You’ll probably be tempted to immediately apply the full spectrum of your skills and experiences, so that you can figure out the right path forward.

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What Is Your Earning Power?

The 2015 (9th Edition) of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Salary Survey has some interesting information in it. Here’s my interpretation of the presented information.

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Let People Tell You How to Talk to Them

Typically, I’d say, getting to know people is critical, and that it’s done best face to face.

But it’s not always possible.

We just accepted project management responsibility for a large global initiative in which everyone works both virtually and separately. No two people sit together and yet there are over a hundred people on the project.

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Why Project Management Has Become A Backroom Activity

Many (well okay, many, many) years ago at the start of the ‘redundancy revolution’… (note this is how I refer to the practice of making people redundant, which is most often dressed up as making roles redundant, but from the get-go was used to remove people whose face, for one reason or another, no longer fitted).

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Focus On What People Hear, Not What You Say

Imagine your boss gathers you and your colleagues in a room and starts to speak. “This is going to come as a shock, but our investors need to increase their profits so we are cutting everyone’s salary by 35%, effective immediately.”

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