Managing projects effectively

Lead on Purpose

In general, a project is defined as an activity or endeavor that has a definite start and end date, and is done to achieve certain goals or objectives. The common stages of a project include Initiation, Planning, Execution, Control and Completion. A project is also run by a project manager, who is responsible for the day-to-day execution of tasks, and is often appointed by the project owner or sponsor. Define Project Scale and Scope.

050: Keys to Personal Productivity | with Erik Fisher

Engaging Leader

And whether we are getting things done ourselves or through other people, we need to maximize productivity. He’s been studying the topic of productivity and interviewing many experts and practitioners. They also address: The most common misconception Erik has seen about productivity.

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Perfectionism Hurts Productivity

CEO Blog

It all started with a learning project This morning I was feeling Blogger guilt. That is what happens when a blogger does not feel they are posting often enough. As I thought about it and looked at some notes on possible blog entries I was working on, I realized the reason I was not posting was perfectionism (even though this blog is far from perfect - just ask some of my proof reading friends (and I do greatly appreciate it when a reader points out something that needs fixing).

What I learned from attending New Media Expo 2013 in Las Vegas!

Bernd Geropp

New Media Expo 2013/ Blogworld. How to podcast as a pro and never edit – Say goodbye to post production!”. The Great Business Project by Ralph Quintero. Last week I travelled from Germany to the US for the New Media Expo in Las Vegas.

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6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 7 of 7

Strategy Driven

companies more than $31 billion each year in lost productive time. Overwhelm and the resignation and panic it generates are great wastes and very effective killers of productivity and profitability. Relate Articles: 6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 1 of 7.

Conversation 2: What Is This Project or Team Really About?

Steve Farber

–all those things we learned back in Project Management 101. The first step is for you: Carve out some solo time to think about your project and reflect on the challenge ahead. business Leadership Productivity Teams

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 3 of 7

Strategy Driven

By blindly creating and/or tolerating working conditions in which people do not and often cannot effectively listen to one another, we kill productivity and profitability. You just finished reading 6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 3 of 7 !

Leading Teams Toward Success Using People, Products, and Profits

Leading Blog

This si a post by Ken Goldstein, author of Endless Encores : Repeating Success Through People, Products, and Profits. I've written the words People, Products, Profits (In That Order!) Like the words Think Different, People-Products-Profits is part management philosophy, part rallying cry, and in an aspirational context, part religion. Leading through People, Products, and Profits means committing to the idea that talent is a priori to all success.

Using The Power Of Acknowledgment To Engage Your Employees

Tanveer Naseer

What incredible value and contribution Shelly brings to our team – we couldn’t achieve the same project success without her insights and actions.” business communication Guest Posts leadership Recent Posts acknowledgment employee engagement perception productivity success teamwork

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What Managers Are Looking For In Tomorrow’s Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

We are all on a team, working on projects to accomplish goals that will push our companies forward. business Guest Posts leadership Recent Posts career feedback growth perception productivity relationships soft skills teamwork The following is guest piece by Dan Schawbel.

The Top 5 Ways Enterprise Social Collaboration Can Boost Organizational Productivity

Strategy Driven

Enterprise social collaboration is a way for organizations to leverage social tools to improve employee engagement, bolster productivity and tap into a company’s collective intelligence.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 1 of 7

Strategy Driven

During this time, an engineer named Taiichi Ohno (known today as the father of Toyota) began the task of building a new capacity for Japanese industrial production. In the business world, waste kills productivity and profitability.

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An Army of One

General Leadership

Take, for example, even some of the more mundane practices, such as parade-ground drills, formation runs, and training projects geared to collective problem solving.

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4 Design Thinking Tools for Engaging Your Team

Leading Blog

Where problems lurk unnoticed How well do you really understand how your team executes a typical project from day one to very end? There are different stages in a project. Team members'' daily roles can be different depending on the project life-cycle.

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Meeting Zombies. How to Avoid Your Brain Being Eaten

Mike Cardus

The team leader / project manager being prepared for the meeting. This can be accomplished by having a project charter or a shared communication document that defines the ‘why are we here’ and the ‘what are the end goals’.

Five Online Communities To Strengthen Your Productivity Skills

Tim Milburn

Hopefully, you are learning what it takes to be productive and to help those on your team to be productive as well. One way to increase your leadership “productivity” is to turn to social media and online communities. Project management is a skill every leader needs.

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6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 6 of 7

Strategy Driven

Many organizations confuse the occasional ‘lightning strike’ of a new idea or product innovation with having a culture that fosters innovation. Thus, in many organizations, innovators are largely suppressed for the sake of “productivity.”

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 4 of 7

Strategy Driven

They not only kill productivity and profitability, they also kill the generative moods of ambition, confidence, and trust that are essential to building consistent competitive advantage. You just finished reading 6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 4 of 7 !

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 2 of 7

Strategy Driven

Degenerative or unproductive moods are tremendous, yet invisible, killers of productivity and profitability. Yet contemporary management theory rarely recognizes the importance of moods and the impact they can have on productivity and profitability.

Collaboration is the Key to Providing Consistent Brand Value

Leading Blog

Don’t let anyone indulge in badmouthing or finger pointing - it''s non-productive and destructive. Try customer relationship software, project management programs, or whatever captures your ideas and helps transform them into action.

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Quiet Time: The Introvert’s 5 Keys To Influence


Take a look at the new book by this author, Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference (Berrett-Koehler, April 2013); I find myself pumping my fist and saying “yes!” These scientists and engineers develop innovative products and breakthrough ideas.

Motivate with a Memorable “Vision Phrase” that Matters

Michael Lee Stallard

The foundation is projected to touch the lives of 50,000 children by 2014. Examples include healthcare services, food and beverage products, lawn care, construction, clothing, lodging, entertainment and travel services, utilities and police protection.

Education? Innovation? Do - Learn - Do - Learn

Mills Scofield

Victor’s Leap Year Project “Masters Program” is the wave of the future. My work with students and the building project made me curious about further education in business, design, and social impact. Aron Solomon introduced me to Victor Saad and that was all it took.

5 Reasons You Should Subscribe to Sean’s Team Building Newsletter

Great Results Team Building

Whether you are in a family, attend a church, work in an office environment, are part of a project group, or participate in athletics, you are likely always looking for ideas and tips on how your team can become more productive. Everyone is part of a team.

Advice: Manage Well by Leading Better

N2Growth Blog

Keep the projects on time and within budget by putting people into positions where they can succeed. While it falls to the leader to think ahead and in doing so she will advance her career, too much focus on personal gain is not productive.

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Coming To Terms With The Six Most Important Words

Terry Starbucker

We HAVE to be strong and confident – projecting an aura of near-infallibility. Andrew Mason has crossed that bridge, and now, in his words, he’ll ” figure out how to channel this experience into something productive “ My guess is that he certainly will.

StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – The Ugly Truth About Partisan Public Project Labor Agreements

Strategy Driven

Public project labor agreements (PLAs) provide another hurdle, unless their employees choose to pay union dues. Bush’s prohibition on the requirement for project labor agreements on federal projects.

Neutralize “Killer Stress” to Boost the Bottom Line

Michael Lee Stallard

It doesn’t have to be that way: Effective leaders can create an organizational culture that reduces “killer stress” and encourages “challenge stress,” which produces gains in productivity and performance. If you are not able to get them a role that is a perfect fit, consider giving them additional responsibilities or projects that fit well with their wiring. Who experiences greater levels of stress: management or employees?

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How to Create a Culture Where People Can Grow

Great Results Team Building

In an ideal world, every leader would be able to choose only the best people who were best suited for specific tasks and who always interacted well with their teammates. But most leaders do not live in an ideal world.

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How To Embrace Change In Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

A good example of this is Nike which, despite being known as a shoe company, has branched out into the digital space by creating new products like the digital bracelet FuelBand, which measures and tracks your daily movements, along with various smartphone apps and web services.

How to Encourage Team Members to Lead

Lead on Purpose

Allowing people to co-lead projects reduces anxiety and creates a more positive leadership experience by giving team members someone to lean on for assistance. Define the goal — Unclear goals can create huge obstacles for those attempting to lead a project. Be sure that you clearly define the task, objectives and goals when assigning a project to assist your team members in their leadership efforts. Guest post by Lindsay Traiman.

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Why Sleepy Leaders Are Bad Leaders


It’s a tempting thought: the more we work, the more productive we are. The company will not stay afloat without their productivity. Sacrificing sleep on the altar of productivity does not just make you tired; it could even make you a bad leader.

Hackers and Hummingbirds: Leadership Lessons from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Terry Starbucker

At Facebook, allegiance to the hacker way permeates every aspect of the business, from product innovation to organizational structure to management and training. Facebook is a company where ideas turn into products whether you are an intern or the CEO himself.

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Ten magical thoughts to let go of


Letting go of them allows you to be able to use that energy for things that are more positive, realistic, and productive. Spend some time getting to know what motivates others, use this information wisely, and watch productivity soar!

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10 Worst Office Coworkers of All Time

Women on Business

Ongoing distractions and annoyances can reduce your productivity and make your blood boil. She can’t finish that project for you because someone more important needs attention first.

Using Good Decision Making Procedures can have a Positive Effect on the Team

Mike Cardus

Team members will be more committed to the course of action, and more willing to do the project work. Have you ever experienced a project manager, manager who was overly reliant on consensus? Making decisions as a team requires a shared understanding and procedure for accomplishment.

Employee Empowerment: A Key Force in Leadership

Lead on Purpose

This disenchantment is painfully clear in the Gallup 2013 State of the American Workplace survey. Delegating these tasks to employees allows managers to focus on improving company morale and advancing workplace projects. The Product Management Perspective: Compelling products (or services) create success. To the extent you create great products, that people want to buy, you will achieve success. Creating compelling products comes back to the people.

Hansei and 6 Pitfalls to Avoid in Reflective Exercises


Improvement & Development Leadership Leading Change Leading People Leading Projects Process Improvement Quality Improvement Hansei improvement Kaizen leading change Quality Toyota Production System

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Executive Presence: What’s Your “Talk Track”?

Great Leadership By Dan

So I told him that the only way to do that is to turn up the volume on a very different talk track—one that captures the brand and presence that you want to project. It’s such a difficult environment/project/client/travel schedule…”.

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

You contribute by organizing the new projects and developing efficient systems that ensure the work or product is completed with precision and accuracy. Guest post from Shoya Zichy: Innovation is critical to an organization''s growth and competitive advantage.

Carefrontation — The Ultimate Leadership Trait

Great Leadership By Dan

As a new project manager at Hewlett Packard I found that I interacted with a lot of brilliant people, many of who had been conditioned by higher learning institutions to compete rather than collaborate. Speed = productivity.

Playing with Words: No More Buts!

Great Leadership By Dan

An example: “Mary, I love your idea to write a story for our newsletter on the team’s new R&D project. Guest post from regular Great Leadership contributor Rich Wellins: About a decade ago, I heard the words for the first time: “ I don’t necessarily disagree with you ”.

Your career will soar if you avoid leaders’ #1 blind spot

Michael Lee Stallard

Engagement affects the quality of their work, their productivity and responsiveness, all of which affect your customers’ experience. Consider these facts: Engaged employees are 20 percent more productive than the average employee. Armed with this knowledge, the best leaders find jobs, ongoing responsibilities or temporary projects that help their employees progress toward their career goals.

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