PM Thinking Traps: The Paradox of Choice Having choices is both good and bad – and therein we find the challenge for a PM to differentiate between the two sides of choice and guide things forward accordingly. So how is it that a PM can manage the plethora of choices on a project and deal with the paradox of choice?
PM Thinking Traps: Reversion to Mean People rely on project managers to fix problems and keep things on track. As a result, they are action oriented, anticipating problems and acting proactively. This is admirable, responsible and accountable behavior, but there is a risk.
PM Thinking Trap: Obeying and Respecting Authority There is a flipside to respecting authority. If ignored, it can provide a perilous blind spot in our thinking and lead to potentially harmful decisions. We need to temper the goodness of respecting authority with the perils of putting our projects at risk by overreliance on authority.
How to Motivate and Avoid Motivation Crowding Many things motivate people, but we often think of financial motivators first. However, the opportunity to do something that matters, to help people and to grow as a person motivates people. Indeed, there is a whole spectrum of motivators for every situation.
How to Limit the Social Loafing Effect Working in teams has become part of the daily fabric of work in professional environments today. Does the effect of social loafing mean that we are doomed to decreasing efficiency, or is there a better way to manage teams with due respect to the social loafing effect?
How to Tame Availability Bias In a world awash with information, it is a challenge to distinguish between the useful and useless, the relevant and irrelevant, the complete picture and the incomplete picture. Learn how to best avoid negative effects and make sure you have good data to make a sound decision.
Four Styles of Leadership What is your leadership style? This is a personal question – and not one that has a right or wrong answer. Learn about the four top leadership styles and how you can leverage the best – and avoid the worst - from each.
Three Essentials for Proactive Leaders What does it take to be an effective leader? I learned three essentials in an “aha!” moment when someone distilled it down to the simplest terms that could be communicated in seconds. This is where the rubber meets the road!
Two Simple Actions to Become a Leader Sometimes we are doing all the right things, but things are just not clicking. Leaders bump into this situation: the proverbial brick wall. What can you do as a leader when you are bumping into that wall?