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Are You a Consensus Builder?

I read an article recently that started with “Consensus building is a big part of leadership”.   I agree.   It is also a great label to have within our ‘brand’.  Leadership

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Passion Sells

I was working with my professional coach a few years ago during a time when things were going a little crazy in my life: I had way too many things

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Do you Know Your Limitations?

A few years ago, I was attending the retirement party for Dave Toycen, CEO, World Vision Canada. As expected, he delivered an amazing speech at the end of the event

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4 Steps to Becoming More Resilient

(first published Aug 12, 2015) I recently heard a popular leader referred to as ‘tough as nails’.  She is famous for being in difficult situations and finding a way out

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What Is a Project Execution Culture?

(First published January, 2021) 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. 

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A Good Leader Has Three Plans

Good leaders don’t need just one plan – they need three! An organizational strategic plan A professional strategic plan A personal strategic plan The organizational strategic plan is the core

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Delegation is a 3-Way Street

I do a lot of speaking and training with managers who are looking forward to positions of leadership in the future.  As we work through the obstacles we face in

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Get Your Audience to Pay Attention

If you’ve presented enough times, like I have, you will know that sinking feeling as you look out and realize that you’ve lost their attention. Keeping the attention of your

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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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Are You an Explorer?

This world needs explorers who are willing to take risks and create new ‘stuff’.  Explorers who are willing to fail.  Are you one of them?  We need people to stretch

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Connect and Stay Connected

This has been an interesting week for me.  My birthday week – but that has nothing to do with it! Two colleagues connected with me out of the blue this

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Can You Talk CxO Language?

One of the biggest problems project managers have is that we know too much! Our brains are full of the project details that are essential to stay on top of

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Project Managers ARE Change Agents

This week’s post has been written by my friend and colleague, Laura Barnard, in response to my post last week. Laura is the Founder and CEO of PMO Strategies, the

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Project Managers are Not Change Agents

How often have you heard the words “project managers are change agents”? From HealthCareITNews.com… “Project managers are change agents in an organization. Change agents are nothing other than someone or something

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Do You Have a Plan B?

Originally published February, 2020 If I suggested to you that your current plan was going to fail somewhere down the road, would you be ready? The optimist would say ‘I

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Are You a Micromanager?

I am sure that if I pose this question to a group of 100 managers and leaders, barely a few will put their hands up. Micromanagers either don’t know that

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