Beyond the Triple Constraint: Redefining Project Success

My first really big corporate project was a four-year project. Immediately after assigning it to me as the project manager, the leadership team asked: “So what date are you going to be delivering on?” I’m thinking, “What date? Like, four years from now, predict the actual date?” And then they said, “And how much exactly, is…

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Are You FAILING or Are You FLAILING?

I recently attended the National Speakers Association annual conference, “Influence”. It was fantastic! I got to present on the main stage, which is always fun. While I was there, I had a conversation with a good friend of mine. “You know, I just wish I knew what your secret was, how is it that you…

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Kick Ass PM – Know Yourself – #1

After almost 30 years in project management, I have learned a lot! To be honest, the majority of my learning has come through my mistakes and failures. I have spent the last ten years sharing my project management experience and lessons learned in my classes and through my speaking engagements. With the release of my…

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Show Up to Win

On my way into work this morning, I had an interesting interaction. As with most of my experiences, I always consider how does the lesson or interaction apply to project management. Here’s the set-up: As I’m exiting the highway, there is a man standing on the street corner holding a sign. (Does this sound familiar?).…

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Being a Bad-Ass

Truth be told, I have an addiction. A constant, uncontrollable urge to buy books, to read books. Subject matter really isn’t much of a factor – I’m just insatiable when it comes to reading. I have developed a system for my kick-me-in-the-butt books where I try to read through them in as compressed a time…

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Recommended Tool – Stop, Start, Continue

As part of my upcoming book, “How to be a Kick Ass Project Manager”, I advise project managers to know their flaws. If you want to grow and improve, you have to take an honest look in the mirror. What I have found is that our self-assessment of our strengths and weaknesses does not necessarily…

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Act Happy to Be Happy

I just finished reading Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project” – a book recommended in “You Are a Badass”. I loved THP and gleaned a lot of valuable little nuggets. And I can see why Jen recommended it in YAAB. If you’re going to be a bad-ass, be a happy bad-ass. One of my favorite little…

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Book Review: The Leadership Handbook, John Maxwell

May’s book for the Women’s Business Book Club was John Maxwell’s “The Leadership Handbook, 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs”.  All-in-all, I enjoyed the book and found that there were some practical take-aways if you are in a position of leadership. Maxwell is, needless to say, well-versed in the art of writing, articulating his position,…

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