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Advice, guidance and opportunities to advance your leadership skills and know-how.


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.

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.

The Courage Solution

- by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

The only thing you can reliably change or control in any company or team is yourself. So start there and be a truth-teller, says Mindy Mackenzie, author, McKinsey senior adviser and former WalMart executive. It’s the first step in building a credible partnership with your boss and collaborative, reciprocal relationships with your peers.

The Power of Less

- by Lisa Earle McLeod

“Essentialism” is more than a time-management or productivity technique. It is a systemic discipline that drives us to ask questions that go deeper than “Is this meeting important?” and venture “Is this project actually going to make a difference in our organization?” And it requires the scheduling of “blank space.”

Develop the Middle

Thuy and Milo Sindell

Are you wasting time and energy trying to improve your weaknesses as a leader? Are you asking others to do the same in performance reviews? Instead, focus on “middle skills” — the abilities between weaknesses and strengths that are our most underdeveloped resource for long-term professional development and growth.

Prepare to Pitch

- by Tim Kress

For project managers to advance into senior-level, strategic roles, they must call on their relationships, experience and expertise to actively identify opportunities that can benefit the business. Equally important, they must be able to “sell” these ideas by connecting them to the organization’s priorities, competencies and values.

5 Skills to Lead Strategic Work

- by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

Strategic initiative management requires leaders who bring five critical competencies to the role, from relationship-building to good decision-making. Here, Jack Ferraro discusses each of these skills, and why it is more important than ever to develop them and position yourself as an effective strategic initiative leader. [30 min.]

Create Micro-Success

- by Hendrie Weisinger

By creating attainable goals early in a project and celebrating these small wins, leaders reduce pressure on themselves and their teams. They also build confidence and morale, which helps develop the tenacity to overcome future obstacles and achieve bigger victories down the line.

Managing Project Pressure

- by Hendrie Weisinger

Here’s a professional development path that all project managers should explore: learn how to manage pressure. It will make it easier for you to deliver your best work when it matters most. In this new series, we begin with using positive expectations to kick off a new project.

Scrum Alliance Launches Training Program

- by ProjectsatWork.com

The new Added Qualifications certificate-based program will provide training in more advanced, business-critical topics, starting with Scaling Scrum Fundamentals.

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Bart Gerardi

Director, Software Development, Audible.com
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Beth Spriggs

Vice President, Technology, Leadership for Educational Equity
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