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The PM as a Baby-Sitter (Facilitator)

Posted by beyondexecution on March 12, 2012 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (47)

In one of my recent classes, a participant was clearly very frustrated at having to "baby-sit" team members in order to have it done. She was tired of having to chase people down to remind them of deadlines and finding out issues that probably should have bee identified and actioned earlier. Her question to me what way is there (or PMI way) to avoid this situation, and let her get on with more important duties? I did not have an answer that she really liked, which was there isn't really a ...

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Begin with the End in Mind

Posted by beyondexecution on October 31, 2011 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (47)

If this phrase is familiar, it's because it's one of the seven habits of highly successful people, which is a best-selling book by Stephen Covey. In the context of one of the habits, it's about self-discovery and establishing your overall values and goals. It's a very powerful technique, which is to envision the person and the success you want, then consistently moving towards that vision.

 

I apply this technique when I practice project management, at both a higher level a...

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Conditioning

Posted by beyondexecution on January 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (4)

Last month I was proven wrong. On the highway to work, I normally take a detour path, because the main highway route is normally very heavy. The detour is a little longer, but saves me probably 10 minutes. I take this detour all the time, because it's always true.

 

Now, riding on the GO Bus, which I have started doing more and more, the driver also takes this detour as well, pretty much every day. Today it didn't, and I was thinking "No! What are you doing?!" As we drov...

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The Way We Learn

Posted by beyondexecution on September 30, 2010 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (2)

One thing I have found when I have been teaching is that adults learn in certain ways.  I'm not just talking about experiential methods.  As most people know this method talks about actually doing and practicing to work in conjunction with learning about new material or skills.  This method will of course reinforce the learning so that people can practice the new skills and knowledge immediately.

What I'm about to write here is more on three different tactics which are...

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