Oops! Not Again!

Lest I seem to be judgmental, let’s start out with a professional revelation: I probably make hundreds of mistakes a year. In fact, it is possible I picked my career—one where mistakes are so intrinsic we call them “bugs” instead —because of a summer day when I was around ten, tossing a game of catch in a narrow NYC street. You see, I observed the dense proximity of windows all around and wondered how it was I hadn’t broken one yet. Within 5 minutes of that very thought, an errant throw of mine went through a neighbor’s window.  Oops! I knew then and there I was going to make plenty of mistakes.

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10 Project Manager Resolutions for 2016

lego PMIt’s the start of a new year and you know what that means: New Year Resolutions! I see evidence of this each year at my gym, which gets very crowded during the month of January. Many people focus on their personal lives, resolving to eat better, exercise more, and improve their relationships with others. And that’s all very good. However, if you are a project manager or the owner of a project-centric business, the start of a new year is also a good time to resolve to improve your work life.

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Are You Well Connected?

Old tech vs. new techWhen I was a child, there was a sticker on the telephone at the house of an old relative. Yes, I mean the telephone (there was just the one). The official looking AT&T sticker read “wait for dial tone.” When we visited, I’d wait for no one to be looking so I could pick up the phone and listen. Sure enough, there was always a dial tone–the days of waiting for an operator or mechanical switch to connect a circuit were already gone (I’m not that old). Things were connected!

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Time Keeps On Slipping Into the Future

future is the cloudDo you know where you want to be in 10 years?  OK, for most of us 10 years is perhaps too far out for us to take seriously. So how about 5 years from now; where will you be and what will you be doing?

In reality, none of us really knows how to plan for the future anymore. The future comes quickly and the game board keeps changing. Typewriters and fax machines have been replaced by computers, scanners, and email. And if you haven’t noticed, computers have been replaced by smart phones and tablets and email is being replaced by texts, Twitter and Instagram.

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