QUIZ: How Well Do You MANAGE PROJECTS?

by blogadmin 19. July 2018 03:41

Special Project Management Edition | July 23, 2018

Whether or not you hold cerification in Project Managment, chances are it's a big part of your role or what you do in your business. Whether you manage projects on a regular basis or only twice per year, the skills learned in project management are complex and requires a wide range of skills and experience. The fundamentals of managing a project from start to finish are very similar.

Listed below 10 KEY AREAS IMPORTANT TO A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT from mindtools.com. How well do you fare in each one?

Take this SHORT QUIZ to determine how well you perform. 

1. Project Integration

2. Scope Management

3.  Schedule Management

4. Cost Management

5. Quality Management

6. People Management

7. Communication

8. Risk Management

9. Project Procurement

10. General Project Skills 

 

Personal Challenge:

-Use your answers to determine whether you are applying best practices or not.

-In your industry, what project management areas are most important? Least? Try ranking them and managing your next project with these key areas.

-Lastly, do some reading up on project management. There are  many online resources all the way to gaining certification. 

 

Teams: Check Your Math!

by blogadmin 16. July 2018 04:08

Rhoda Kreuzer | Team Building Edition 

  

 

Of course, you say, "the answer is 4!"

Indeed, but healthy teams calculate differently. Their team building formula suggests that no matter how many individuals you add together, the result will always add up to one, strong, healthy, working team.

Strong teams know that each individual brings unique perspective, experiences, and preferences to the team. However, once these separate characteristics are brough to the team, they are interwoven tightly and function together to achieve the goals and objectives of the team.

If we continue to act like individuals, we will miss out on the most amazing results. Indeed, four individuals can accomplish much. But, the most complex goals take the unity and integration of each person to achieve them.

Think of an orchestra playing a beautiful piece of music. Different individuals play different instruments, different notes, and at different times. But - it is one masterful piece - one destination - one meldious result!

It is through such collaboration the the most amazing performances occur.

Personal and Team Challenge:

Are you a team where each member is integrated together to perform amazingly?

Or, are you a group of individuals, all working hard, and all just getting by?

Check your math. Apply the team building formula. See if the team that works as one is not the best!

All the Best,

Rhoda 

 

Successful Leaders = Distinctive Leaders

by blogadmin 2. July 2018 03:46

 

Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership Edition | July 2, 2018

Successful leaders are different from their peers. It is not that they are smarter, faster, or luckier than the others. While all these traits help; they do not make the most significant difference. Successul leaders have two distinctives that set them apart:

1.  The way they think. Successful leaders are curious and ask "how things would be better if...". They are open to new ideas and information that may reshape and refine their own ideas. They approach new ideas courageously with a positive attitude and an open mind that allows them to see possibilities, not obstacles or flaws.

2. Finding joy in discovery and learning. Successful leaders are curious and seek to uncover hidden gems or truths that others have ignored. They are enthusiastic and utilize an investigative approach. This keeps them positive, progressive and on the forefront of business or service.

As Agatha Christie's character, Hercule Poirot, often said, "it is using the little gray cells" that make the difference.

Personal Challenge:

How can you set yourself apart in your thinking and your approach each day? Will you begin today with more brain power and a bigger smile?

 

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