Highly Effective Project Manager

The Highly Effective Project Manager

The Most Important Characteristic of a Real Project Manager

My company offers online courses in project management, and one of them includes my book, Project Planning, Scheduling, and Control, 5th Edition. W...
Posted: November 2, 2017, 12:26 pm

Soft Skills--The Only Bottom-Line Skills You Have

The first seminar I ever taught was entitled Leadership Skills for Project Managers. It was run through San Jose State University and drew 23 parti...
Posted: June 27, 2017, 1:30 pm

Begin With the End In Mind

This month, my daily tips are all based on Stephen Covey's book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and his second habit is to begin with the end...
Posted: July 14, 2015, 7:47 am

Leading Versus Managing

The sad thing about the PMP® certification is that it does not recognize the importance of leadership. The new certification requirements are going...
Posted: June 3, 2015, 8:46 am

Is Strict Adherance to the PMBOK(R) Hurting Projects?

A Gallup research study has found that

Projects often fail because organizations put more emphasis on rational factors than on employees' psycholo...

Posted: April 21, 2015, 12:03 pm

The Secret of Project Control, Known Only by a Few

I think it is clear that project managers are expected to control their projects so that they meet their budget, schedule, scope, and performance t...
Posted: April 6, 2015, 1:11 pm

You Can't Manage a Secret

When Alan Mulally became CEO of Ford, they were losing 16 billion dollars a year. That's 50 million a day, 365 days a year!

Each week, Alan held a b...
Posted: March 30, 2015, 8:30 am

Overlooked Uses of Vision and Mission

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Everyone knows that you need a shared vision and mission for a project. Otherwise, every team member will take you ...
Posted: March 25, 2015, 1:39 pm

Rethinking People Skills and Effectiveness

For a long time I have said that the most important asset for a project manager to have is good people skills. I still believe this is true. Howeve...
Posted: March 16, 2015, 3:08 pm

Learn from Negative Experiences

Nobody likes adversity, failure, or problems that disrupt one's life. Nevertheless, it is also true that nobody escapes them entirely. We all lose ...
Posted: March 8, 2015, 12:59 pm

Managing the Status Review Meeting

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Posted: March 2, 2015, 9:22 am

Announcing Our New App

We have just developed a new app that will be in the Android and Apple stores shortly. It will pull this blog in as new posts are written, so you w...
Posted: February 23, 2015, 4:23 pm

Are You Being Set Up to Fail?

Guitarist Chet Atkins used to play two songs at the same time--Yankee Doodle and Dixie. In introducing the piece, he said, "You can't run a two-tra...
Posted: January 14, 2015, 9:55 am

The Compound Effect

I've been a fan of Success magazine for several years. In fact, it's the only magazine to which I have subscribed continuously and read regularly f...
Posted: May 14, 2014, 12:20 pm

Do You Have a Passion for Managing Projects?

For several years, I've noticed that many of the individuals who attend my project management seminars are passionate about the work being done in ...
Posted: September 27, 2013, 7:54 am

You Must Begin with YOU!

It goes without saying that you can't be an effective project manager without being personally effective, yet there are individuals who seem to thi...
Posted: September 16, 2013, 6:46 pm