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”

Reasons Why Your Project Team Hates You

Ok, I’ll admit, HATE is a strong word. Extreme dislike (which is basically the definition of hate) sounds a little better. The first project manager I ever worked with I couldn’t stand and extremely disliked. He showed up once a week, told us we weren’t doing our jobs and should be fired, and left (seeContinue reading “Reasons Why Your Project Team Hates You”

Be Honest With Your Project Team

“C’mon, just level with me. Be honest!” Ever hear those words before and not quite know how to respond? If you’re in a senior leadership position, there are times being honest isn’t an option.¬† For¬†example, if there are layoffs, reorg, acquisition, and any other number of circumstances. Any mention, the rumor mill will take offContinue reading “Be Honest With Your Project Team”

How Does Your Team Treat Failure

Like so many parents, I spent the weekend sitting, watching, and cheering for my child’s team. Swimming consists of being in hot pool areas, watching races for sometimes hours, only to see your kiddo swim for a minute or less. It can be long and boring followed by short bursts of energy, but well worthContinue reading “How Does Your Team Treat Failure”