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Off Your Game?

“Jason, did you know we were waiting for you in the conference room down the hall?”

Jason looked up from his desk and then at the clock and realized that yes he did know. Somehow he just forgot. He spent most of yesterday afternoon preparing for this budget meeting. He felt really odd about being late, there was no specific reason for it, he just kind of spaced out.

During the meeting Jason found he had a difficult time concentrating. He misread some of the numbers. At one…


Added by Margaret Meloni on August 20, 2012 at 10:36am — No Comments

Dwelling on Decisions

“We can’t retract the decisions we’ve made, we can only affect the decisions we’re going to make from here.” As said by actor Jamie Foxx in the movie,
Law Abiding Citizen.


As you have been reading in
‘Turning Point’; decisions have been the recent theme of our discussions and time together. While web surfing, I found a site that shares ‘wisdom’ from the movies. Note I place ‘wisdom’ in quotes. Sometimes the…


Added by Margaret Meloni on May 21, 2012 at 11:51am — No Comments

Decisions, Decisions

“Tom I really think that when there is a technical decision to be made, it makes perfects sense for you to delegate the decision to Simon. After all he is our technical lead.” Marilyn chimed in, “I agree with Jacob. I think the trick is that you need to make it clear that you trust Simon to make the call.”


Tom was once again meeting with Jacob his business analyst and Marilyn his subject matter expert. In a prior meeting they had told Tom (their project manager) that…


Added by Margaret Meloni on May 8, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments

That was a Decision, Really?

Tom was not surprised when Jacob and Marilyn asked for a private meeting with him. He had a hunch that some of the team was displeased with him. He thought of Jacob and Marilyn as ‘unofficial’ team leaders. They seemed to be the two people who his team members looked to for professional guidance. Tom had mixed feeling about his upcoming meeting with the two of them. On the one hand it would be a relief to find out what was wrong and on the other hand, well he was going to find out what was…


Added by Margaret Meloni on April 23, 2012 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Please, Make a Decision

Over lunch, Jacob and Marilyn discussed some of the frustrations they were experiencing on one of their current projects. Jacob was a business analyst on the project and Marilyn was the subject matter expert. Jacob turned to Marilyn and said to her, “If you could say just one thing to Tom our project manager, what would it be?” Without hesitation Marilyn replied, “Please, make a decision.”

Unfortunately Jacob and Marilyn both viewed Tom as wishy-washy. He seemed to be either unwilling…


Added by Margaret Meloni on April 9, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments


Likeability – That which makes someone likeable or easy to like, easy to be with, considered pleasant to be around.

Now a good search on the word ‘likeability’ will show you that this is not a new term nor is it something I have made up. You will find all kinds of materials about likeability, for example this book by Tim Sanders, ‘The Likeability Factor: How to Boost your L-Factor & Achieve Your Life’s Dreams’.   As with Emotional Intelligence or…


Added by Margaret Meloni on February 20, 2012 at 9:38am — No Comments

Charity Begins at Work

You may have heard the saying, “charity begins at home”. The idea is that before you take care of others you take care of those who are closest to you first. Don’t give away your last dime if you have no money to feed your own family, don’t give away your time and energy to others if your own family is waiting at home for your time and energy. Today I would like to propose to you an updated version of this expression, one for our professional lives – “charity begins at work.”



Added by Margaret Meloni on January 9, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

What Could Happen

When you are facing a difficult decision sometimes the best thing to do is to sit back and analyze the potential outcomes from your decision. What path will each outcome create for you? Trace that path to its natural termination. Are you OK with this path? In other words:


If you do X, what is the worst thing that could happen?

Now, what is the best thing that could happen?



Added by Margaret Meloni on November 21, 2011 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Did You Expect Thanks?

A top de-motivator at work is lack of recognition or lack of appreciation. This is not a new fact nor should it be surprising to you. It surfaces time and time again employees who feel under appreciated experience low morale and many move on.  Even in a difficult economy when in theory it is an employers market, people are not just hanging around thanking their lucky stars that they have a paycheck. If they feel truly under appreciated they are already looking for their next…


Added by Margaret Meloni on November 7, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

It is Not Just the Language

Three travelers were on a tour when they became separated from the rest of the group. They found themselves alone in a strange area of a strange land. They each spoke a tiny bit of English but did not speak the language of the area and other then their little bit of English they did not share a common language. They did all agree that they were hungry and they agreed to pool their money to purchase some food. This is when the arguing began.

One traveler kept insisting on a…


Added by Margaret Meloni on October 24, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Little Things DO Count

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” - Leo Buscaglia


Have you ever started to pay someone a compliment or to say something nice to them and then stopped yourself? Why did you stop? Did you think it seemed silly or too sentimental or that perhaps they had already heard what you had to say?  Next time you have…


Added by Margaret Meloni on September 19, 2011 at 11:21am — No Comments

Stanford Advanced Project Management - How to Earn the Trust of a Stakehoulder Webinar

Stanford University's Tom Kosnik’s recent How to Earn the Trust of a Stakeholder - Stanford Advanced Project Management webinar, which is now posted on YouTube.


Please enjoy!

Added by Michael Fahey on April 1, 2011 at 9:12am — No Comments

Can You Schedule Conflict?

Recently we have discussed steps to take to when you decide to step in and step up to conflict resolution. In ‘You Decide to Resolve a Conflict’ Part I and…


Added by Margaret Meloni on June 29, 2010 at 4:13pm — 1 Comment

How to Successfully Closeout a Project

Project closeout is critical, yet for one reason or another, it's an area that's often left loose at the ends - with the potential for disastrous consequences.

Professionals who closeout properly create significant benefits for themselves, their organization and for others - better success prospects for future projects, increased employee motivation, better customer relations, improved attractiveness to repeat and new business and so on...

A good closeout process… Continue

Added by Mark Ridgwell on January 28, 2010 at 12:12pm — No Comments

11 Things Every New Project Manager Ought to Know

(In no particular order)

Don't act like you know it all know-it-all by by TedsBlog via Flickr

When you're new to a role, it's natural to cover up your own ignorance. You want to earn respect, and everyone is looking at you. So you may not speak up when a topic is discussed that you don't nod your head instead of asking a "stupid" question.

Here's the thing: you will only learn by asking questions. Why not do it while you're still the "new PM" on the… Continue

Added by Josh Nankivel on November 18, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

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