The Daily Prompt (for Oct. 4, 2014) asks: It’s the night before an important event: a big exam, a major presentation, your wedding. How do you calm your nerves in preparation for the big day?

Quite simply… I work hard to be ready ahead of time. When I know I’ve done my best to prepare, then that is all I need to calm my nerves. Read the rest of this entry »

In my prior post (link to it here), I described my interpretation of Gary Rechtfertig’s E.I. (Emotional Intelligence) framework, though I missed that portion of his talk. In this post, I begin drilling into this framework to figure out if/how I can apply it to my practice of project management.

The first “room” in this framework is “Self-Awareness.” A key element of self-awareness is to be honest about yourself. This involves being honest about a) my own emotions and b) the strengths and weaknesses in my skill set. Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s Daily Prompt asks: When was the last time you were completely stumped by a question, a request, or a situation you found yourself in? How did you handle it?

I can’t remember the last time I was completely stumped by a question. This isn’t because it didn’t happen recently nor that it only happened a long time ago. Nope, I’m pretty sure it happens regularly enough. Read the rest of this entry »

Recently, I heard a gentleman, Gary Rechtfertig from Doulos PM Training, speak on emotional intelligence to a group of project managers. Unfortunately, I missed the first few minutes of his talk, but I found the part I heard useful.

I’ve been pondering on his presentation deck for two reasons: 1) to understand the whole of his talk since I missed his setup of it, and 2) to identify what specific actions I can take to grow as a project manager. This post will focus on trying to understand the basis on which he built his talk, which also happens to be the part I missed.

First, Gary defines emotional intelligence (E.I.) using two quotes. Read the rest of this entry »

Today’s Daily Prompt: In a reversal of Big, the Tom Hanks classic from the 80s, your adult self is suddenly locked in the body of a 12-year-old kid. How do you survive your first day back in school?

I’d totally love it! I was an awkward 6th grader so I’d welcome the opportunity to do six grade with more style the second time around. But even more so, I love learning about the different generations. Having an opportunity to learn about this latest generation (Generation Z) firsthand would be fascinating. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »