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PM Obstacles: Unrealistic Goals

- by Vicki Wrona, PMP

Leaders who set unrealistic expectations often lack understanding of the intricacies involved in a project and the ripple effect they create on decisions, contingencies and risk. Still, best for project managers to assume good intent and work to overcome this challenge with detailed planning, communication and documentation.

Avoid 'Groundhog Day' Mistakes

- by Eric Bergman

Mistakes are inevitable on any project. Some are even valuable if they serve as lessons learned for future efforts. But mistakes that happen again and again are damaging. With the movie "Groundhog Day" as our guide, here are four common mistakes that no project manager should repeat.

Middle Truth

- by Beth Spriggs

A difficult conversation offers helpful guidance for team leaders faced with conflicting version of the truth, including the need to differentiate between intent and perspective, the importance of recognizing how inherent biases often blur understanding, and the value of fostering empathy through face-to-face communication.

PM Obstacles: Miracle Work

- by Vicki Wrona, PMP

Some organizations expect project managers to be “miracle workers” who produce results without the active support or involvement of leadership. And sometimes project managers are able to leverage resources, meet deadlines and achieve deliverables under these conditions. But it’s not a long-term strategy for success.

12 Ways to Hurt Relationships

- by Beth Spriggs

Whether you are a project leader or a team member, your relationships with others will probably be the most important factor in your own success, not to mention the success of the initiatives you work on. Here are 12 common traps that can damage relationships. Avoid them at all cost.

Develop Change Response Strategy

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Individuals or teams may react negatively to change for a variety of reasons, from lack of information, to fear or misunderstanding about the implications, among others. Use this worksheet to invite communication and develop an appropriate response that addresses concerns while conveying the need and vision for the change.

The Power of Relationships

- by Beth Spriggs

Building good work relationships is one of the most powerful ways to influence others and drive project success. It bolsters buy-in and adoption, strengthens communication, makes difficult conversations easier, and develops channels for support and advice. Here are tactics to improve your work relationships.

Lessons from PMI Global Congress

- by Mike Griffiths

Guess what…this project manager went to a project management conference and it wasn't boring! In fact, it was very memorable. This two-part article recalls some thoughts from attending the recent PMI Global Congress 2016—North America in San Diego.

PMI Congress: Lessons in Leadership, Communication

- by Bruce Harpham

Thousands of project managers gathered in San Diego in September to share best practices, network and improve their skills. In a few short days, there was much to learn. In this article, some attendees share some of the benefits they gained through meeting others and sharpening their skills.

Group Dynamics

- by Andy Jordan

When leaders speak to a large group of people there is always the risk of misunderstanding and disengagement. Of course, there is also enormous potential for real inspiration and difference-making. Learning and leveraging a straightforward, natural approach will help immensely.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

Bart Gerardi

Director, Software Development, Audible.com
Bart has been in ecommerce for over 20 years, and can’t imagine a …

Vicki Wrona

President, Forward Momentum, LLC
Vicki Wrona is the founder and President of Forward Momentum, a PMI Regi…

Beth Spriggs

Vice President, Technology, Leadership for Educational Equity
Author of The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats. Available o…

Kathleen O'Connor

I’m a freelance journalist and digital content strategist with 15+…

Aaron Smith

Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
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