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5 Project Management Skills to Help You Succeed

Ms. Career Girl

The post 5 Project Management Skills to Help You Succeed appeared first on Ms. Project management is vital for business leaders in any industry, but guiding a project from conception to execution isn’t always straightforward. What Is Project Management?

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8 Tips for Every First-Time Manager

Ms. Career Girl

The post 8 Tips for Every First-Time Manager appeared first on Ms. Being a first-time manager is exciting and scary. As a first-time manager, you alienate yourself from your employees when you don’t put yourself in their shoes. Motivate Your Team.

Time Management for the HR Professional


Time management is a problem for many of us, regardless of our job. Here are some time management tips written with the HR professional in mind. Maybe it is a manager calling to say he needs to hire two more cashiers, and he needed them by yesterday.

6 Ways to Inspire Your Remote Team


Mainly, how can leaders manage and inspire their teams, especially when they are not in the same proximity to each other? This situation may sound daunting, but it can be easily managed by implementing these six tactics. Treating your virtual teams with respect is a must.

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5 Sneaky Ways to Defeat Your Time Management Frenemy


When it comes to time management, it’s sage advice. Phone calls, emails and other interruptions may be proven time management enemies, but the real threat is infinitely more insidious in its subtlety.

Top Business Process Pitfalls to Avoid

Water Cooler Wisdom

When information isn’t stored and shared in a central location, each team must develop its own process and solution. Also, while project managers may share schedules with sponsors and other leaders at the start of a project, executives may lose the trail if documents are updated but not shared in real time, or worse, via emails and spreadsheets. Then, you have team members wasting time frantically searching their inboxes.

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IT Amps Up to Meet Business Priorities

Water Cooler Wisdom

On one side are the predictability and controls necessary to manage risk while delivering large-scale enterprise IT with reliability, scalability, security, etc.,” At the same time, we’ve offered little guidance on managing the unavoidable gap between the two priorities. Finance management:  Budgeting, prioritization, allocations, and accounting treatments all need more flexibility than annual appropriations, rigid planning cycles, and depreciation schedules do.

managing a team that resents you

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: My manager recently announced that she had been promoted to become a director, and that her position (our department manager) was vacant and that senior management would really like to see someone from our team fill that position. I’ve worked on some very complicated projects and senior management felt that the type of work I’m doing is the type of work they want to see, so they thought I should lead the team through these changes.

Why I'm Finally Quitting Spreadsheets

Water Cooler Wisdom

When you use a spreadsheet for team projects, you either have to email copies of the file to team members, or post the file on a shared drive. Only one person can access the file at a time and you risk overwriting the original file if you don’t back it up properly. After all of your team members have had input, you’ll need to consolidate that new information into the master. Not only is this process very time-consuming, but it is also prone to error.

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How to Get People to Read Your E-mails

Water Cooler Wisdom

They take too long to read : I don’t have a lot of time to read, and by sending me an essay you are saying your e-mail is more important than the other things I have to read. They don’t respect my time : When you send me an e-mail, you’re making a request on my time (to read, process, respond). You’re sending a message that your time is more important than mine.   Communication Daily Life Productivity Project Management Time Management Troubleshooting

How to Simplify Your Business Processes

Water Cooler Wisdom

Here’s the thing about many business processes: one person is usually in charge of the initial design, and then over time, everyone else has to add their two cents. Before you know it, the process is muddled and barely manages to accomplish its initial purpose. As we’ve talked about, organizations also tend to rule by consensus, which means that various individuals have to sign off on every step of a project.

Extended Working Hours Are the Norm

Water Cooler Wisdom

workers take work home to finish at the end of the day more than three times a week compared to 43 percent globally. workers in small businesses were three times more likely to work eleven hour days than large business employees.   Therefore, one might conclude that by allowing your team members to work from more convenient locations and operate more independently, you might mitigate the negative impact of a longer work day.

Sustaining Enthusiasm for a Long-Term Project

Water Cooler Wisdom

In 2001, a team led by NASA principal investigator Alan Stern crafted the proposal for the New Horizons mission. The team relied on strong leadership, rigorous risk assessment, and of course, endless patience. A huge part of the mission’s success was the team’s Longevity document, a list of requirements for ensuring the probe’s successful 2015 encounter with Pluto. How could they bolster their team’s excitement about a project where no immediate payoff was an understatement?

how can I make sure my team meets deadlines?

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: If you’re a (much younger millennial) project manager contractor managing non-contractor long-term (much older) folks, and they say they’ll get something done but the deadline’s in less than 48 hours and they have nothing sent to you yet (after an earlier reminder), how do you remind them and get things done without: 1) panicking. Another person used to be on the team but missed some deadline(s) and was sacked awhile ago.

I’m spending too much money on cupcakes and snacks for my team

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: I work in a very large organization with many small teams. For bigger stuff, each smaller team usually everyone chips in a few bucks. For birthdays, it falls to each team’s manager. This used to be fine, when my team was two or three people. Over the past 18 months, my team has grown to as large as 15 (there are many short-term contracts in our line of work). Ask my team what they want? A couple of times a year, fine.

11 Assets Every Business-Of-One Needs To Survive

Career Realism

This post is part of the Professional Independence Project series. That dream has come true several times since graduating college. I went into the entertainment-band business full time after I graduated. I had my own group/business, a manager, a booking agent for three years.

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Why Spreadsheets Are Yesterday's News

Water Cooler Wisdom

Over three decades later, the spreadsheet remains prevalent as a valued tool in the project manager’s toolbox even though its widespread use leads to as many problems as it solves. Due to duplicated information, arguments about whose data is most accurate and the challenges of distributed teams, fit-for-purpose tools are growing in appeal. Jones offered guidance on some of the options available to project managers, and started with a bit of education on the PPM market itself.

Troubleshooting: Other Teams' Cooperation or Lack Thereof

Water Cooler Wisdom

f you’re working with other teams outside your own who are not involved in your daily meetings, they’re not always on the same page as you regarding priorities — and sometimes they can become a roadblock to your team’s progress. If you want other teams to cooperate with you, you have to  make them want to do what you’re asking.    In other words, you have to take the time to consider: “what’s in it for them?”. What is the team evaluated on?

Help - My Team Always Backburners My Priorities!

Water Cooler Wisdom

When you work on a team that must collaborate on competing priorities and yours always seem to be the last to get added the “to do” list (or sprint if you’re doing Agile), how do you advocate/ influence the team to give your work/tasks priority over their own? Do you just say, “OK guys, it’s been two months and I still haven’t gotten any support from team member X to finish the Acme project.

Manner Monday®: Prairie Dogging


No matter the office environment, it seems when we need something, or just want to chat, it’s a matter of urgency and whatever our peers are working on at the time should take second priority. When you do return, don’t immediately barge in with ‘I need’; ask if they finished their project.

Are You Ready for September? Tips for Work/Life Integration This School Year

Water Cooler Wisdom

 Plus, as we struggle to prep for a new school year, work projects on hold for the summer suddenly go into overdrive as fourth quarter/year-end is just around the corner. Next, think about projects and responsibilities at work that will require attention after Labor Day: Ask if there is anything you and the team could do to prepare and get a jump start now.   Best Practices Daily Life Flexible Work Goal Setting Handy Resources Productivity Time Management

Tips and Tools for Virtual Collaboration

Ms. Career Girl

Now, it’s common for people to easily and swiftly collaborate on projects while residing on different continents, but just a couple of decades ago, such a feat would have been challenging to say the least. Use a Project Management Interface. Be Mindful of Time Zone Differences.

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Three Master Skills for Managers


By the time managers and small-business owners call me, they’re pretty frustrated and discouraged. Typically the struggles look something like these: Underperformers on the team. Too many projects and not enough resources. See yourself on the other side of the project.

Are You Ready for Life in the Swarm?

Water Cooler Wisdom

Mid-century work teams will be temporary in addition to virtual. The growth of contract work and the specialization of organizations will spell the end for stable groups that work together a long time. Teamwork will still be valued and rewarded, but the teams themselves will form and disband with lightning speed. A swarm is a group that comes together for a short-term project and quickly disbands when the project has been completed.

Is Open Allocation in Your Future?

Water Cooler Wisdom

In open allocation, employees select how to spend their time and the projects on which they’ll work. As long as they can show that they’re contributing value, they can switch assignments whenever they want – there are no  managers  or rules about headcount to hold them back. Self-Directed, Self-Managed. In an open allocation scenario, teams essentially manage themselves and are only temporary. Github. Gore & Associates. Treehouse. Valve.

Progress is the Only Way Forward: Don't Sabotage It

Water Cooler Wisdom

Drasin and his team worked with the department in question to develop an overarching process that improved service and reduced administrative costs. When an organization buys a shiny new piece of technology and then tries to implement it without first having looked hard at its own processes and people, the vast majority of the time, the project doesn’t live up to expectations,” he said.

Help! My Colleague is a Mooch!

Water Cooler Wisdom

Picture this scenario from a reader: Recently, a new colleague has joined my team. My boss has instructed us that we have to work very closely together as a team to deliver on. Compensation Daily Life Emotional Intelligence Office Politics Ownership & Initiative People Skills Productivity Project Management Time Management Troubleshootinggoals, but whenever there is a brainstorming session on she never fails.

7 Ways To Show You’re Ready For The Next Step In Your Career

Career Realism

You feel you’re ready for the next step in your career and more responsibilities – but how do you persuade your manager? All Managers like problem solvers so next time instead of waiting for a solution, go show your boss how you’re going to fix the problem.

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8 Google Rules: Improving Management and Employee Engagement

David Zinger

Google Oxygen inspires 8 data driven management practices in a quest to build a better boss. The NY Times printed a long article on Google’s OXYGEN project to look at the top data driven principles of management within Google.

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6 Tips To Make Your Resume Better Than The Rest

Career Realism

The problem is that you have looked at your resume so many times, your brain knows what it is supposed to say, but in reality, it says something else. You should customize your resume for every job each time you apply. Time Management: 4 Keys To Avoiding Work-Related Stress.

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Do You Encourage Citizen Development?

Water Cooler Wisdom

Their teams spend all day catering to business needs when in fact the business managers can and should be empowered to solve problems themselves. Unfortunately, they don’t do it nearly enough and spend a great deal of their time rushing around putting out fires with the few resources they have leaving little time for more strategic initiatives. Many leaders today are missing an opportunity.

Do You Encourage Citizen Development?

Water Cooler Wisdom

Their teams spend all day catering to business needs when in fact the business managers can and should be empowered to solve problems themselves. Unfortunately, they don’t do it nearly enough and spend a great deal of their time rushing around putting out fires with the few resources they have leaving little time for more strategic initiatives. Many leaders today are missing an opportunity.

10 Ways Employees Can Be More Proactive At Work

Career Realism

The proactive employee would, for example, initiate an offer of help to their co-workers before they are asked to assist by either their colleagues or their manager. Organizing your time helps you approach tasks more efficiently and allows you to be more open to opportunities.

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how to manage a hard worker who’s making mistakes

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: I manage a woman who is a very hard worker. She goes the extra mile, never complains, stays late and always volunteers to help…but lately I have noticed she is getting lax on things like returning important emails in a timely manner or getting things done that I asked her to do. I also know she has some prioritizing and time management issues; she loves to do creative projects, but she takes longer then I would like on them because she wants to make them perfect.

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How to Help Employees Manage Workplace Stress


We live in a time where there’s an expectation that everything will be done NOW, companies have consolidated jobs and workers are trying to manage an unreasonable number of competing priorities. Here are some tips for helping the people on your team manage their workplace stress.

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This HR Blogger’s Chasing Tail


Finding time or making time to write that daily blog post. As a busy mom who is also a small business, I don’t yet have a team of contractors or employees at my disposal. And when can I find the time?

Answering, ‘Do You Have A Minute?’ When You Really Don’t

Career Realism

You’re sitting at your desk, working hard on a project that has a strict timeline, when a co-worker walks up to you and asks, “Do you have a minute?”. Related: Overcoming Time Management Obstacles. Your time at work is valuable!

2015 59

How Career Changers Can Identify Transferable Skills

Career Realism

Click HERE to learn more about the Professional Emancipation Project, a.k.a. Examine every aspect of your role including day-to-day responsibilities, projects in which you played a part, and various tasks you handled. For example: As a sous-chef, Jon was responsible for prepping the kitchen, managing inventory, and supervising the kitchen staff, among other things. Time Management. Project Management. Team Work. Budget Management.

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Time Is Life

Learning Voyager

with Phil Gerbyshak Management Craft Manager Tools Mass Bay ODLG McArthurs Rant - Human Resources, Organisations and HR 2.0 Just Do It Teshuva Time Is Life ► July (6) Questions for Coaching What Counts the Most? Lakein once said: “ Time is life. Time is money.

They Can't Reward You if They Don't See You – How to Increase Your.

Career Makeover Coach

In today’s world of work – hard work, being a team player, and adhering to basic professional standards are baseline expectations of all employees. Ask for bigger and better assignments: When a new project is announced, step up and ask for the lead role.