Archives for the month of: August, 2014

Had a friend mention that she had a goal of cleaning out an unruly closet, but she was procrastinating. Ah, I see. She’s daunted by the size of the task. No problem, simple principles from project management can help her with that. Rather than trying to find a full day to get it done and never mustering up the time or energy for it, I recommend breaking the task into bite-sized pieces that can be done over a series of days.

Here is a simple illustration. Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s Daily Prompt: Captain Picard was into Earl Grey tea; mention the Dude and we think: White Russians. What’s your signature beverage — and how did it achieve that status?

Please bear with me as I answer in poem. Read the rest of this entry »

As I’ve been pondering the theme of “team culture“, I’ve been considering how I would be more intentional with virtual teams (or team members) next time I run such a project.

It can be an interesting challenge creating a cohesive team when all team members are located in the same building much less the same city or state or country. How can team members feel a sense of loyalty to the “team” if they don’t know one another? Why would one person give up his convenience to help someone out who is simply a name on the plan or a voice coming through the speaker? Read the rest of this entry »

I recently finished a book that I won as a door prize. Actually, I chose this book amongst the options when my name was called.  The book is “Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers” by Marc Miller with Susan Lahey. I have heard Marc Miller speak on several occasions and have spoken to him once. I chose the book because I found his speeches helpful and was interested to see what additional wisdom he shared in his book.

Specifically, I like Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s Daily Prompt: Take a look at your bookcase. If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why?

Tough Question! If I had enough time to reread a book off my shelf, Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s Daily Prompt: What are some (or one) of the things about which you usually don’t trust your own judgment, and need someone’s else’s confirmation?

As I read this prompt, my mind wanders towards thoughts of “weaknesses.” That really isn’t right, though. No one person is good at everything. No one person knows everything. No one person has every right answer. So then, of course, it makes sense that there are “some (or one)” things in which we ask for someone else’s confirmation.

I have “some,” but I’ll speak about one. Read the rest of this entry »

Recently, I came upon the concept of “team culture” as I was reading about the human resource aspect of project management. I hadn’t really thought about the “culture” of teams I’ve led – at least, not in those terms.

I often think about my interactions with people and how people interact with me. I also like to observe how people interact with one another. But I have not necessarily thought about how my interactions and actions establish a “culture” (i.e. customs and beliefs) within the team.

Reading about this concept made me realize how much more intentional I need to be, as the project manager, in setting the proper tone for the team. Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s Daily Prompt: Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.

I can’t say that I have any strange food addictions.  Matter-of-fact, I think of food as simply fuel, and I’m not really a big cook. So, I don’t try too many unusual combinations. I will, however, share one which I LOVE, and it often surprises others when I tell them about it. It is popcorn and parmesan! Read the rest of this entry »