Can Salaries Impact Success?

I was watching a sports program that discussed athlete salaries.  It seems that there are two schools of thought regarding the relationship between salaries and team performance.  For instance, the New York Yankees have one of the most expensive rosters in their...

Coaching versus Teaching

A recent article in the New Yorker magazine titled Personal Best Atul Gawande makes the case that professionals such as doctors and lawyers can benefit from having coaches.  He contradicts the teaching model that some professions have as compared to the coaching...

Accidental Project Managers

All of the back to school activities that my kids have been involved in reminded me of an elementary school experience I encountered long ago.  I had decided to join the soccer team and discovered that the coach’s strategy for preparing us was to give us a ball...

“The Looking Glass Self”

The “Looking Glass Self” is an interesting psychological concept I came across a few days ago that I believe relates to many types of interactions we may have in project management.  This concept was created by Charles Horton Cooley in 1902.  According to...

The Need for Integration

Events over the past couple of weeks in relation to the US economy were a reminder that there is little separation between the political theatre and the market place.  Some who have intimated in the past that arenas such as business and politics were far apart did not...