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. Change Leadership Empowerment Leadership Leadership Communication Learning project management projects

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? The post Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared? Behavior Assessments Communication Articles DISC Profile DISC Training behavior assessments DISC disc assessments job benchmarking personality assessments

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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. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen. You Can Not Train People to Think Bigger or With More Complexity Than They are Currently Capable.

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. Plus when it is time to review what worked; if applicable hand and train the work to the process owners and move on to a sustainability and change mastery phase.

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.

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. You Can Not Train People to Think Bigger or With More Complexity Than They are Currently Capable. Here is the schedule it may change; 12/26/13 – Team Building & Leadership Articles.

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. Leadership Leadership Coaching Management Manager Training Organization Development Solution-Focused Team Building high performing teams retention of talent team performance underperformanceTheir 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.

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’. You have been a meeting zombie, I have been a meeting zombie…We both are guilty of spreading the Zombie virus to others in the meeting room. Here is how it happens …Zombies need to feed. You call people into a meeting.

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. In a company-wide email, she announced Yahoo! was changing its telecommute policy. The email shortly went viral as the modern workforce gasped at her audacity.

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. It is a fun group of people who meet and talk and share about Solution-Focused coaching and finding what works. Opening the meeting with some ‘ About Us ’ talk.

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 Current Method / Better Way Matrix is a Team Project Management Tool that supplies people with a tool to challenge existing assumptions – while providing structure for everyone to feel comfortable. The team facilitator I recommend the team leader / Project Manager documents the responses on flipchart paper.

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. Many of you may remember seeing the following TV commercial several years ago: A soldier is running alone across the desert, carrying a backpack but no rifle. Helicopters swoop overhead. A squad of soldiers runs past, moving in the direction opposite of the lone runner.

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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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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 Working on teams and reaching agreement on anything can be a challenge. Team Leaders and Managers set the tone for team based decision making. For decisions to be effective a process must be known and shared.

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. Jake, a program manager, told me that a project plan he thought was a clear winner — in his head — turned out not to be after he ran it by his stakeholders.

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. Every time a new project comes along or something new needs to get done, there they are, calling, sending email, knocking on your door to get your directions. When you need something done, you tell them what you need, and they’re off, doing exactly what you want, the way you want it done. Quick and simple!

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? Corporate Team Building Management Manager Training Organization Development Products Team Building Team Training decision making decision making for teams project management Making decisions as a team requires a shared understanding and procedure for accomplishment.

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.” ” Albert Schweitzer. It has been called the greatest photograph of all time. It may well be the most widely reproduced, even winning the Pulitzer Prize for photography.

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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. The above sounds rather constricting – and it will help people pull out of the confusion of having 2 Responsible people working on the same project-goal. If you want to create confusion make two people responsible for achieving the same goal.

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.

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.” ” Vince Lombardi. Several years ago the U.S. Army unveiled its newest advertising campaign. You may remember it.

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? Several people shared understandable real examples of how they got what we needed AND helped the Project Manager or Sales Rep get what they wanted…leading to both people getting their work done.

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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. 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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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.” And you have many reasons for NOT telling her: you don’t want to disrupt her very busy train of thought at the moment you have this heartwarming thought about her. The following is a guest piece by author Judith W. Umlas.

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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. Part way into the project, Andrew decided to find what was unique and special about each individual on the team. He became more visible, stopping to chat about weekends and hobbies as well as the project.

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. There are many examples of companies that have successful leadership training programs in place, such as Bank of America, General Electric, Microsoft, Philip Morris, Novartis International, and Marriott International to name just a few. They gathered data from performance reviews, past projects they worked on, and looked at the roles and responsibilities they had within the organization.

Why Doctors Need Leadership Training

Harvard Business

Even though medical institutions have designated “leadership” as a core medical competency , leadership skills are rarely taught and reinforced across the continuum of medical training. As more evidence shows that leadership skills and management practices positively influence both patient and healthcare organization outcomes, it’s becoming clear that leadership training should be formally integrated into medical and residency training curricula.

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? Within organizations the role of a Supervisor exists between the first line manager and the front line employees. This role is sometimes referred as ‘Lead’ or ‘Crew Leader’.

10 Reasons Why Every Manager Should take a Finance Course

Great Leadership By Dan

The audience was mostly engineers – program and project managers, the ones in charge of designing and making complex stuff. Caution: when employees feel like owners, no more wasting money on expensive furniture, management boondoggles, or projects with a poor net present value. If you’re a staff or support person (HR, training), you’ll earn a seat at the table. We just finished a “ Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager ” program this week for a large client.

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. The company encourages its workers to form teams around projects they’re passionate about, because Facebook’s leaders clearly understand that great work comes out of doing what you adore.

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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. Teams and leaders that develop a written plan for work that is to take place between meetings are far more likely to complete the work and achieve Project Charter Milestones than those that don’t. Team projects must create returns and have tangible effects to showcase the application of teams’ work within the organization.

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. We’re all human, things happen, but we can get better at training our minds, watching them. The same ripple effect can of course occur when projecting negativity.

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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? What is the 1st step the team can take to quantify the relevance of this project? Coaching and consulting teams people usually want to know. How to motivate the team? How can I stay motivated?

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. Want to discuss your company and working with your quality team to create a culture of quality improvement? Contact me mike@create-learning.com or call +1.716.629.3678. _.

Happier Employees in 1 Simple Step

Survive Your Promotion

Have you ever seen a trained dolphin perform? Closes the door) The TargetMart project numbers just came back – the results are horrible! If your next project results are this bad you’re fired. Closes the door) The results are back in on the TargetMart project and the numbers weren’t what we hoped for. In the future you need to do a better job of making sure the hours you put in are in line with the project estimate.

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”…. Corporate Team Building Leadership Coaching Management Manager Training Solution-Focused create-learning team building and leadership getting work done management coaching organization development project management time management

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. HP had a great training program for new managers, but I decided to add carefrontation to my management style and had great results almost immediately.

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…. In your 3rd project team meeting you notice that Brian is yawning and making faces during your project update. This lazy behavior is really derailing the effectiveness of this project.

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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. He is responsible for launching DDI’s new products and services, leading DDI’s Center for Applied Behavioral Research (CABER) and its major research projects and developing and executing DDI’s global marketing strategy. 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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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. Identify evidence of what’s working and highlights of success using the project management tools, models and job aids. Share quality data from before and after the training and development. Photo Credit.

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Build A Tower Build A Team. Corporate Team Building

Mike Cardus

Increased trust and speed of project completion and decision making as a team. Corporate Team Building Innovation Leadership Management Manager Training Multi-Generational Training Organization Development Problem Solving Products Team Building Team Building Activity Team Training build a tower activity create-learning team building and leadership Quick team building teambuilding tower build

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. Ability to state what is working and how to improve. Teams need an Understanding that problems DON’T equal solutions; Solutions = Solutions.

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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. Originally came across this video here ‘ What Management by Objectives Does Wrong & Hoshin Kanri Does Right ’. I’ve watched this video several times. Its applicability to management and teams is powerful. Results without a process is luck. Process without results is waste.