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.
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!
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?
There is a common thread between Donald Trump and Barack Obama, or between Mahatma Gandhi and Jeff Bezos; between Mother Theresa and Al Capone. Learn the one thing that all of the most effective leaders have in common.
As a project manager, you must bring order to the chaos that is often close at hand in the form of recommendations, ideas or actions that can influence project outcomes. How can you delve beyond the rational, using your best instincts, and bring the ultimate value to your projects?
Considering formal and informal organization structure is part of your due diligence. So the question is, what value can this information provide you to enable you and your team to operate most effectively and give yourselves the best chances of success?
Projects are full of detail. Deep and wide detail. Yet, while we must master the detail, we must communicate up, down, and across the organization. Is there a technique you can use to force yourself and your team to synthesize, summarize and communicate to stakeholders at the right level of detail?
All too often projects take on a life of their own and people lose sight of its purpose. How can you find a navigational tool for communicating throughout the project, a compass for guiding priorities and decisions and the foundation for setting up systems to measure your progress?
Whole Foods is known as an upscale, higher end (i.e. more expensive) provider of groceries, whereas Amazon is the ultimate efficient provider (i.e. less expensive) of nearly any retail consumer product. Will the cultures behind these two forces collide or will they blend and create more value?
One facet of the Amazon – Whole Foods merger is that Amazon is acquiring a large number of ideal delivery points. This article discusses these delivery points as a potential asset, as well as how this asset fits into the full asset mix that Whole Foods provides.
This article looks at a potentially very valuable asset of Whole Foods – the stores as data points. How Amazon might leverage the data, whether this data might be more valuable combined with Amazon’s existing data assets and what addition benefits might result from this merger.
The grocery industry has experienced intense change and competition in recent years, but has hit a tipping point with the disruptive merger of Amazon and Whole Foods Markets. This article focuses on the projects to be initiated by the merger.
Using this alternative 80:20 thinking, you make an acceptable compromise with yourself and make a trade-off between approaching things one way versus another, making your outcome more palatable than it might otherwise be. Let’s see how this can brighten your prospects in many ways.
80:20 thinking is not just a once and done thing. You can apply it over and over again at multiple levels, a bit like peeling an onion. It is at these deeper and deeper levels that we can find the most effective applications of 80:20 thinking.
It’s easy to imagine how you can use 80:20 thinking to prioritize. How can you leverage 80:20 thinking to manage not only what matters most, but also what matters least (yet still matters)? This article looks at how to handle what matters most and how to best handle what matters least.
The 80:20 rule applies in virtually every situation in the universe. It’s very useful to identify the 20 percent and the 80 percent, but what do you do once you have identified them? Let’s look at the range of possibilities for using 80:20 thinking to dramatically increase your effectiveness.
For many there may come a time to ask, “What’s next after project management?” This article explores just that – exploring the potential for owning your own business, where you of course can leverage your project management skills!
You might not think of it first thing, but being a seasoned project manager has provided you with skills that are transferable in many ways to being a good project investor. Having a keen eye and disciplined approach for determining good projects versus bad is a valuable skill.
This article explores some situations where project management skills provide a very sound skill base. These include opportunities to run small businesses, pieces of larger businesses or things outside the commercial sector such as opportunities in non-profit organizations and even volunteering.
Project management skills are broad and foundational. They can be leveraged in a wide variety of situations and in the private sector for-profit, non-profit, and public sector worlds.The consulting arena is a natural place for people with PM skills, for consulting is all about projects.