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Quality

There is a lot of talk about quality and its importance both in business and in our day to day life. However, often times I find that businesses are too quick to sacrifice quality to meet deadlines or budgets. One of my favorite quality stories, told I believe by a...

Free Introduction Course to RapidStartPMO

Great news for those of you who might be interested in my new course to RapidStartPMO. We just published a free introductory version with the first module to give you an opportunity to learn more about the concept. Please be sure to check it out here RapidStartPMO....

RapidStartPMO

My new training program RapidStartPMO is finally online. Please please check out the promo video below or visit the website at rapidstartpmo.com.     The new age of globalization, information, and communications has prompted executives to seek ways to...

Competence versus Incompetence

Every once in a white I receive an automated alert on my computer telling me to update my software.  I typically click through the yes and accept buttons until the alert disappears, assuring me that my security updates are concluded.  Yesterday however I encountered a...

Leaders and Followers

It seems that in most of the leadership lessons that we receive, whether in the shape of mentoring or training, emphasize personal behavior almost at the expense of group dynamics.  It is my impression that too much focus is given to what we should do or not do in...

Habits and Routines

A friend of mine sent me a message yesterday asking why it has been a while since I blogged and frankly I did not have a good answer other than laziness.  Then I recalled an article that I came across a few months ago about habits and routines.  The authors explained...

Who is Guarding Your Brand?

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the fact that so many organizations entrust their brands to the most junior, ill equipped, unmotivated, untrained, and least compensated employees.  It seems that leaders within these organizations, some worth...

Friendly Products

Earlier today I was listening to a program with Walter Isaacson, the author of Steve Jobs' biography book.  He was explaining how Steve was obsessed with the idea of making Apple's products "friendly."  Walter was highlighting how certain individuals on the team had a...

Social Media: Friend or Foe?

Social media tools have enabled organization to reach audiences and communicate on ways that have revolutionized marketing and strategy. Yet the viral nature of the Internet can sometimes be a medium that can back fire when it comes to containing bags news. As a...

Action or Inaction?

Effective leadership in organizations is often associated with action. The whole idea of not taking action is seen as negative, however, there are instances where action creates nothing but confusion and issues. Sometimes the best course of action is applying a wait...

Speaking in Confidence

Professionals are expected to maintain confidentiality in their work.  Being able to confide in a professional is often the hallmark of many professions and in fact confidentiality is a protected right in various legal systems.  This is one area that is addressed not...

Is There any Shame in Coming in Second?

One of those stories that is told in MBA programs, which probably is more myth than fact, is about Pepsi's vision statement for a long time has been "beat Coke."  I don't know how true this is but the idea is that this simple strategy was all that Pepsi needed to fuel...

IBM’s Succession

Last month IBM's Board of Director's named Ginni Rometty as the company's next CEO to succeed the current CEO Sam Palmisano. I've been meaning to write about this but got distracted with a different array of activities but was reminded again when I saw this article...

Know Your Market

Internet technology and social media platforms have made it easy for organizations to develop marketing campaigns that are fast, cheap, and seemingly efficient.  However, what these tools don't do is compensate for a lack of intelligence on the part of some "marketing...

International Expansion

One of the nuggets of wisdom that organizational leaders quickly learn about is that whatever made their firms successful in the past is not necessarily what will make it successful in the future.  In fact, the components of competitive advantage are often discovered...

Inclusivity in Decision Making

There's an interesting post on bnet that highlights the ten biggest mistakes that managers make.  Most, if not all, of these items, apply to professionals in general and project managers in particular.  The true differentiator when it comes to managing others, even in...

Personal Attacks on Projects

Each of us reacts to issues and problems differently.  Some believe it best to resolve challenges quickly while others prefer to take their time to think of the best solution for a given problem.  When it comes to dealing with change that will result from projects,...

The Art of Interviewing Clients

One of the most important aspects of consulting is building up interviewing skills.  Much of what is expected revolves around the need for the consultant to learn about the client's business, market, resources, and challenges.  In addition to gathering documents and...