project management

FREE Webinar Wednesday, August 14 11am – 12pm ET While projects usually start with good intentions and lots of enthusiasm, it’s sometimes difficult to maintain that focus and energy when you have to juggle multiple priorities at the same time. No longer just the responsibility of those trained as project specialists, the ability to manage everyday projects is a requirement for many people in today’s organizations. Join author and project management expert Lou Russell for an hour-long session that will address common stumbling blocks and offer you a practical formula for success. What You Will Learn What it means to, Read More

A Guest-Post from Lou Russell President and CEO of Russell Martin & Associates and author of Rocket, Project Management for Trainers, Leadership Training, and 10 Steps to Successful Project Management. .  .  .  .  . “The project manager is the linchpin in the horizontal/vertical organizations we’re creating.” – William Dauphinais Imagine you are in a room with 100 people. Take a moment and think about how you and a team of four other people would gather as many signatures as possible (one per person max) on a single sheet of paper in two minutes. This exercise would demonstrate some basic, Read More

Personality Style affects all aspects of our work life – especially time management.  Just as with social situations involving different groups of people, we approach time management differently depending on what we’re doing. When thinking about time management, it’s important to consider not just the nature of the task, but the other people involved.  Team members, managers, and other stakeholders may have very different methods of time management than we do.  And while we cannot control the behaviors of others, and most often can’t choose who we work with, we can make our time-management style align more closely for a, Read More

Managing employees is a true feat of soft skills.  Communication, personality style, leadership, and  project and performance management are all put to the test on a daily basis. Sometimes, the employees you manage might seem like they’re on another planet, even when they’re sitting right in front of you.  So, what if they’re in another building?  Another city?  Another country?  Actually ON another planet?  It happens. When employees are discreetly distributed, the manager’s position becomes more important and requires a broader skill set.  The manager may be the only link between employees – the one to set schedules, allocate resources,, Read More

In difficult economic times, it becomes very important to prove return on soft-skills development and training.  So how do you keep your training expenses low, and your return high? Be Precise. Design your training around the needs of your organization.  Do you have a limited time to deliver a wide breadth of information?  Has a problem arisen that requires soft skills in seemingly disparate areas?  Is your organization undergoing structural or cultural change?  Be able to handle tough situations head on.  With modular training programs, you can design a unified training session that directly targets the needs of your group., Read More

Employees are placed in supervisory roles for a variety of reasons.  They may be the most experienced or technically proficient in their group’s work; they may be a tenured employee with a wealth of knowledge on organizational goals and policies; or they might have great administrative and people skills that show their ability to interact with other employees and groups successfully. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding their new supervisory standing, the undertaking of this new role should come with a stock-taking of a new skill set.  Supervisory skills are not only instrumental to the success of any team – they, Read More

Project management is changing.  The use of agility systems has tripled since 2008, and managers need to accommodate changing technologies and methodologies as they surface and proliferate. Now is the time to strengthen basic project management skills – fundamentals that enable anyone, in any business environment to contribute to the success of their team.  Lou Russell has over 30 years of experience helping businesses reach their full potential, and managing projects of her own.  From her expertise, we can learn to manage projects (and project teams) in changing environments, matrix teams, and agility-based cultures. Stressing a fast pace and flexibility,, Read More

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