When did the term “conflict” get such a bad name? In my work with teams over the last 25 years all around the world, I have never found a high performing team that did not have moments when team members disagreed, debated, or argued. These teams all had a healthy respect for the value of not only having differences of opinions or perspectives, but for having learned how to manage themselves as they worked through the discord or tensions precipitated by their disputes.Continue Reading →
So you are the new manager? Cool, what now!
If you’ve been promoted to management for the first time, you’re probably stoked about your new gig, ready to take charge, and, let’s be honest, contemplating how to spend your first new salary. But, if you’re like most, you’re also feeling pretty terrified
Project Management and Flying: learnings from the flight deck
Some 50 years since the inception of project management, more than 50% of IT projects still fail because they run out of time, resources, funds, etcetera. If pilots flew aircraft like we run projects, no one would ever fly. However, every day millions of people fly for work or pleasure and flights arrive on time almost 90 percent of the time, delayed mainly by weather.
My totally incomplete but hopefully useful guide to disasters in project management
In your role as project manager, you’ll be dealing with all manner of projects, some small, some enormous, some simple, some complex. All have specific demands and challenges that will test your skills and help to shape you into a real project management professional. But even the best-planned projects can run into disasters.
No Silver Bullet: building and managing virtual teams and enjoy our work!
I constantly get the same question, “How do you manage a virtual team and actually get stuff done.” In my current assignment each of the team members work from home or a coworking environment. We’re spread out across 35 countries and many time zones. With such separation, we still manage to get a lot done and enjoy our work!
What chaos theory taught me about life transitions
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a fascination with the unknown. As a kid, I can remember hours spent listening to a tape my aunt had given me for my birthday that told about adventures in space. I was endlessly curious about the cosmos, and dreamed of being an astronaut.