What’s Missing in Project Management Training

Kevin Eikenberry

The truth is there is probably as much training available on project management as there is on any leadership topic or skill I could ever write about here. There is plenty of training available, plenty of experience with it, plenty of knowledge available.

Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared?

Chart Your Course

While the National Center for Education Statistics is projecting nearly 1.8 Meanwhile, of the hiring managers that are looking at 2013 graduates, the majority only plans to hire one or two this year. via Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared? By Ashley Bowers.

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Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Articles

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Team Building & Leadership Articles 2013. Some good, some OK, some crap…Below are my favorite articles from 2013.

Projects and Team Goals. Are we done yet?

Mike Cardus

One challenge of project and and team work is deciding when we are done. How will we know that we are done with this project and can move on? Illustrating to teams and managers behavioral and work indicators you will see when the team and project is accomplished.

Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Images Used in Presentations & Workshops

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Images Used in Workshops and Presentations 2013. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen.

Project Management or Project Leadership #pmot

Rapid BI

In the last couple of years we have been asked to run a number of “Introduction to project management” courses for people in businesses. But what transpired was they the either needed management skills training or more importantly project leadership development. Successful Project Management Successful project management in today’s business environment is increasingly complex. Project Management Model – SQERT.

If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen

Mike Cardus

If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen: They get promoted. Their level of performance drops. They resign or transfer. With either option, the high performers learn: The more you do around here, the more they ask you to do.

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Chart Your Course

Effective June 2013, all employees were required to work in the office. Your business is adding a new time-management system, which requires employees to log their hours on specific projects. This past February Yahoo!’s s fledgling CEO Marissa Mayer made her first misstep.

Solution-Focused Consulting and Training in Toronto, Canada

Mike Cardus

Spent time with the Solution-Focused Consulting & Training North American Chapter in Toronto Ontario Canada. Had a great time, I always do, with the Solution Focused Consulting & Training North American group. Pre-Animate: Project Planning Team Building Activity.

Current Method / Better Way Matrix Team Building Activity

Mike Cardus

Team Project tool to create shared language of progress & regress. Can break inertia (stuckness) in how your project team operates. The team facilitator I recommend the team leader / Project Manager documents the responses on flipchart paper.

He’s not ready to be promoted (but thinks he is)

Lead Change Blog

He blames you, the system, politics and that crazy project you gave him last year. Author information Karin Hurt Founder at Let''s Grow Leaders Karin Hurt has a diverse background of executive leadership experience in sales, customer service, human resources, merger integration, training and leadership development. Posted in Leadership Development SmartBlog for Leadership [link] He thinks he’s ready to be promoted. You don’t.

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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Team Decision Making-Case Study and Success Story

Mike Cardus

Corporate Team Building Leadership Leadership Coaching Management Manager Training Multi-Generational Training Organization Development Successful Teams Team Building decision making organization development project management team coaching team decision making

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!” Richard, a software executive, withdraws for rest breaks after intensive training sessions.

Why you need to stop telling them what to do


You know that it’s easier and faster to just tell your employees what to do rather than have a long conversation or to “train” them.

Leading for a Higher Purpose

General Leadership

Karen is the CEO of the New York-based strategic technology, staffing and project management company Sharp Decisions. Vocations, Education and Training for Service Members) program. “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”

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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.

Boston Strong

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. “Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived from unity.”

One Person Must Be Responsible For The Work

Mike Cardus

I think that creating a single person who is Responsible for the parts of the project-goals we established and letting the Team-Leader(s) and all the team members know, the following: More clarity on the goal.

Developing a Leadership Training Program for High Potentials: A Case Study

Great Leadership By Dan

Developing a Leadership Training Program for High Potentials: A Case Study. Any skills that are not needed or used now by the senior leadership team, but may be used at a later time, should be considered when developing the leadership training program.

Cooperation and Outward Spiraling Success Loops

Mike Cardus

Was struggling with sales representatives and project managers turning in expense and budget reports on-time…They told me “We have tried everything and our CFO is tired to putting out fires for us.”. started by asking: What do you want the people in sales and the project managers to do?

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How to Create a Culture Where People Can Grow

Great Results Team Building

The fruit – more sales, better test scores, or greater performances – will ALWAYS be an external symptom of the internal growth that wise leaders and organizations promote through a supportive culture of relationships and training.

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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.” The following is a guest piece by author Judith W. Umlas.

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How to Encourage Team Members to Lead

Lead on Purpose

Offer guidance and leadership training to give your staff the confidence and tools they need to lead and inspire others. 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. Visit Dale Carnegie Training online to learn more about leadership training. —.

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Love and kindness in leadership


Andrew managed a group of employees that weren’t meeting deadlines for a major project. The project delays were costing his company money and time, and he knew that they might just cost him his job.

Supervisory Leadership Development Workshop

Mike Cardus

INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THIS TRAINING? Ask yourself; How much am I spending on bringing new people in and training them?; Steps to create “buy in” for the team projects from people who are outside the team. INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THIS TRAINING?

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.

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Inconsistent Bossing: A Surefire Way to Disengage

Great Leadership By Dan

Bosses can take a moment when they arrive to work (or whenever necessary) to self-evaluate their mindset, see where there thoughts lay to make sure they don’t project their own whimsical emotions on others. The same ripple effect can of course occur when projecting negativity.

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10 Pitfalls to Avoid in Creating and Leading Teams

Mike Cardus

They must be skilled at Project Management keeping the team on track through the team’s weekly meetings and updates. Team projects must create returns and have tangible effects to showcase the application of teams’ work within the organization.

How to Motivate the Team? How can I Stay Motivated?

Mike Cardus

What about this team project (task, goal, etc…) is relevant to people on the team? If you arrived tomorrow and unknown to you, everyone on the team found this project personally very relevant what would you notice was being done?

Long Term Implementation of Quality Teams Within Organizations

Mike Cardus

Roles & Responsibilities for Improvement Projects Flow Chart. Select and Define the Project. Project Selection Worksheet. After the Project. Final Project Review. Long Term Implementation of Lean Six Sigma within Organizations from Michael Cardus. Hire Mike.

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.

Team Leader / Manager you are NOT a Mind-Reader. Even Mind-Readers are not mind-readers

Mike Cardus

You are team leader on a cross-functional team project that includes; Sue from finance, Jack from engineering, Brian from Quality Assurance, Stephanie from human resources, Terri is the customer representative, Tony from production and Mike (me) is the team coach….

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3 Ideas for Time Management and Getting Your Work Organized

Mike Cardus

Coaching 5 project managers , we identified that 2 have concerns about how they are managing their time, multiple project and customer needs, and they “feel disorganized”….

Build A Tower Build A Team. Corporate Team Building

Mike Cardus

Increased trust and speed of project completion and decision making as a team. Teambuilding has to be integrated into the existing team structure, culture and goals + objectives of your company. People must see the connection between the team building activity and their work.

How Does the Team Maintain Improved Performance?

Mike Cardus

Let’s schedule a discussion on implementation and ‘ making this new system stick ’ in our next training meeting? At the next training meeting…we would SOLVED. Identify what the people on the team like about the new system and project management. Photo Credit.

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It’s Time to View Leadership as a Profession

Great Leadership By Dan

profession, both the American Society for Training and Development and the. Guest post from DDI's Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D. reprinted with permission from DDI's Directions newsletter): Leadership is a craft. So why do so few see it that. The 2011.

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Results vs. Process. Achieving Goals While Improving the Work

Mike Cardus

In both the Exponent Leadership Development and Project Management Processes the focus is on developing a series of repeatable processes and steps that can be tested; evaluated; changed; re-worked; and celebrated.

When Employees Become Disengaged – TTI Success Insights

Chart Your Course

In laymen’s terms, I enjoy expanding my knowledge, but if I’m investing my time and energy into a project, I like to see some kind of return on my investment. Communication Articles DISC Profile Employee Engagement Employee engagement speaker Employee Motivation Articles Job Satisfaction Talent Management Assessments employee engagement Motivators Training and Development Employee Engagement: A Key Ingredient for Personal Motivation and Business Success.

Managing and Working on Teams Doing Something is Better Than Talking About Nothing

Mike Cardus

Ability to get started on task/project quickly. Higher results in project teams can come in the initial phase when the project teams have expertise in project management skills. Photo by Monica Harmsen. Teams waste a lot of time before the actual work gets done.

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7 Principles of Leadership Development: The Chance to Lead

Mike Cardus

Working with the participants managers we developed a series of projects that were aligned with the companies strategic plan and had a sufficient challenge that was big enough to stretch and small enough to learn from.

25 Career Options in Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

Leadership Trainer or Training Manager : c onducting or managing leadership and management training programs. HR Generalist: c oaching, succession planning, and training are often part of the generalist role. Interested in a career in leadership development?

Managerial-Leadership Development Belongs to the Manager of the Person Being Developed NOT Human Resources!

Mike Cardus

Too often managers and executive teams delegate or task off any and all training and development to the Human Resources staff. Then they are disappointed when their staff goes to a training and does nothing different. What more training and development do you need?