Simplifying Decision Making

“Can you make a decision on this?”This question can strike terror in the hearts of many!  Does the decision need to be made today?  Will it cause irreparable harm to the project and potentially the company?  Will I be fired if I’m wrong?  If I don’t decide, will it just work itself out?Decisions.  In writingContinue reading “Simplifying Decision Making”

Training for a Race IS a Project

There it was, the finish line. After thousands of feet of climbing up and down countless hills, I rounded the corner and saw the blow-up arches with the word “FINISH” emblazoned across the top. Beyond the arch was the large wooden wolf that race organizers always have at the finish (you “Kiss the Wolf” whenContinue reading “Training for a Race IS a Project”

Influence Without Authority

Congratulations, you’re a Project Manager! You’re accountable for getting a project from initiation to completion. You’re responsible to get your team to do the work. But, your team has been assigned to this project and does NOT report to you! You have ZERO positional authority! YEAH!! Now don’t screw up. Influence without authority. This hasContinue reading “Influence Without Authority”

Get Emotions Out, Then Get Them Out of the Way

What the hell just happened? One minute, the project is moving along. The next, chaos. Some issue suddenly rears its ugly head and throws a wrench in progress. Whether this issue started as a known or unknown risk, a once happy team is suddenly stressed. Patience is frayed. Fingers are pointing. Blame is creeping in.Continue reading “Get Emotions Out, Then Get Them Out of the Way”