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Lessons from Life, Leadership and Getting Things Done
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    I am sitting in the Minneapolis airport thinking about projects that I have worked on and it occurs to me that if Jeff Foxworthy had been a project manager that he might have had a different comedy act.  Everyone that I know appreciates Jeff’s take on “You might be a Redneck, if”.  In fact, many [...]

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  • 07/13/10--18:52: Cleaning a Child’s Room
  • I’ll bet you are wondering what the title has to do with project management. Have you ever watched a child who has been told by their parents to clean their room? The look on their face is best described as shock and awe.  Dejectedly, they stand at the door and look longingly at the mess as [...]

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    When my daughter was small, she was a master of wearing 4 – 5 different outfits a day.  Much to my surprise on laundry day, clothes that I hadn’t seen on her body were back in the laundry.  My immediate response was I wasn’t washing clean clothes that never made their way from the hamper [...]

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  • 08/10/10--09:15: PM and Personal Stuff
  • It is over.  I delivered the video and everyone is happy with the results: the bride and groom, the parents, my husband and family.   My family are really glad because they won’t have to hear the music anymore. Weddings seem to create a rather interesting dynamic in the world of project management.  No one, and [...]

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    Based on your feedback and ideas, we are going to start a weekly “Drive By Project Management Moment” post.  Your submissions for topics will be gratefully accepted. It has finally happened.  The Prima Donna or Prima Don, let’s be gender neutral here, PM has finally stripped a mental gear.  They have done everything that they [...]

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    I am in south Florida today attending a conference hosted by John Maxwell and his team of dedicated people. In late June, I made a decision to become part of a group of people world-wide that are part of the John Maxwell team. Why? Because, John Maxwell is a man of principle and integrity.  Today, [...]

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  • 09/04/11--20:59: Leading from The Front
  • I have been part of a stream of consciousness on a LinkedIn forum about the characteristics of a great project manger.  For the spelling and grammar purists out there, the word is currently on the forum spelled as manger rather than manager.  I am being to wonder if the most important characteristic of a project [...]

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    Anyone who knows me well knows that I watch NCIS.  It is one of the shows that I watch over and over.  Although subtle, there is always a leadership lesson in the show.  Sometimes, it is as simple as referring to the list of Gibbs’ rules.  Everyone knows what the rules are.  In fact, there [...]

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    I was sitting in a Toyota dealership minding my own business today.  The TV was on in the background when there was a breaking news bulletin.  Usually breaking news bulletins are overwhelmingly negative.  In this case, the Indianapolis Colts announced that they were releasing Peyton Manning from his contract.  I will agree if you are a [...]

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  • 07/09/12--17:41: Time for Reflection
  • We left home at 10:45 on Sunday morning for a road trip without a scope of work, a schedule or a list of things to achieve.  I am a project manager by profession and passion.  The very thought of leaving for any adventure without a scope, budget, schedule, and technology makes me nervous.  On this [...]

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    We are published.  Late last fall, a group of 25 dedicated project managers were tapped to contribute to a book on the most important lesson that we had learned as project managers.  Dave and Derek were instrumental bringing this book to market. Project management is a little like herding lizards.  Lizards are all over everywhere. […]

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