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What Does Leadership Mean to You?

“Leadership is about thinking beyond yourself and being able to understand a strategy in which to take care of, care for and lead a community that has asked you to

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It Is Time to Review the Plan

For some, the summer is a great time to relax, rejuvenate and get ready for September. The new season promises new projects, new challenges and new energy. For me, the

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Scale it Down

(edited from an origin post May, 2014)   Have you ever watched someone use a canon to kill a fly?  Use a software program to solve a problem that really

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Working with a Disengaged Team

First published Feb., 2019  I have been watching a friend struggle recently as she tries to manage a team of people who were not engaged.  Read… ‘they really didn’t care’. 

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Be a Better Listener

Good listening skills are imperative in any business (or personal) environment.  Poor listening skills gives off a terrible message to the receiver and puts everyone at risk.   https://davidbarrett.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Barrett-on-Listening-Skills.mp4

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To Be Successful You Must Be Seen

I presented to the Project Management Association of Canada yesterday, my ‘Taking Our Careers to the Next Level” speech, wherein I encouraged people to get out there, be different and

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Put Process in Your Communications

George Pitagorsky published an article recently in ProjectTimes.com entitled Project Management | Putting the Power of Process Thinking into Action.  In it, George encourages and promotes the concept of process

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Make the First Five Minutes Count

You have an appointment with your new project sponsor, potential customer, or new partner.  You have never met them before.  What does the first 5 minutes of your first meeting

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What is a Sponsor Charter?

The relationship between the project sponsor and the project manager, or project leader, is extremely important and yet we spend so little time making sure we get it right. We

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Give Permission to Share Bad News

My friend Scott sent me a link this week to a great article from Harvard Business Review entitled “Are You Really Listening?”.   Please read it. https://hbr.org/2021/03/are-you-really-listening?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=twitter&tpcc=orgsocial_edit At its core, it

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Are Your Projects “Healthy”?

I was reminded recently that it is time for my annual physical. At my age, this is a pretty important time of the year and sometimes a little stressful.  None

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What Is a Project Execution Culture?

Over the many years of my involvement in project management, I eventually learned that project success comes from more than just good people, processes and tools.  Lately I’ve been very

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Do You Have a Mentor?

I have a brother who was a senior lawyer and managing partner at a Canadian law firm.  A few years before his retirement, he mentioned that he had a coach

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Leadership is About The Collective

After reading this article in the Globe and Mail this week, I was driven to post this video blog.  “Leadership… is about the collective. It’s about hiring and maintaining the

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