July 28, 2014

Dignity or not? Guts is enough.

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Here’s a simple test. Imagine you have just gone in to see the boss, and are told, “You know, I don’t really care to hear any more of your thoughts. This is just the way it is and you’re just going to have to deal with that. Just get over it, I don’t have time to deal with any more of this attitude from you.”

I’m seriously hoping that you’ve had only one response in your mind to that statement. It had better be about 2 words long, and it had better go something like, “ you.” [Read more]

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Big Problems, Big Decisions, Big Country

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That’s right – some times, you just have to remember that when every hope is gone it’s simply time to move on. If you know you can’t crack management’s obtuse perception, if there’s no room for you on the next rung of the corporate ladder, if your best friend takes advantage of your generosity – whatever it is…..you either grab yourself a Star Wars episode IV-style New Hope, or you just put the right foot in front of the left, and repeat. [Read more]

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Management Excellence: The Joker

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TweetI’m a fan of Christian Bales, so I was excited to see him win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor a couple weeks ago for his role in The Fighter. Adding a little extra sentimentality to his award is the fact that my son received a callback for the role of Little Dicky in that [...]

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More Lean(er) project management, part 5

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TweetThis is the final installment in my series on Lean concepts and project management. Last time, I discussed Overprocessing and Overproduction. Now, it’s time to discuss the somehwat controversial 8th Waste: Wasted human creativity. Here are Lean’s 8 wastes: Waiting Motion Inventory Transportation Defects Overprocessing Overproduction Wasted human creativity Wasted Human Creativity Also referred to [...]

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More Lean(er) project management, part 4

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TweetThis is the 4th part in my series on Lean concepts and project management. Last time, I discussed the wastes of Transportation and Defects. Today, I’m going to talk about Overprocessing and Overproduction. Here are Lean’s 8 wastes: Waiting Motion Inventory Transportation Defects Overprocessing Overproduction Wasted human creativity Overprocessing Overprocessing occurs when additional work is [...]

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More Lean(er) project management, part 3

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TweetWe’re in the midst of talking about Lean concepts and project management. Last time out, I discussed Lean’s concepts of wasted Motion and Inventory and how they related it to the habits of running from useless meeting to useless meeting and the potential dangers of disrupting a project’s flow by finishing tasks early.In the 3rd [...]

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More Lean(er) project management, part 2

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TweetLast time out, I discussed Lean’s concept of Waiting as one of the 8 wastes and related it to task delays in the project management world. This time, I’d like to discuss the wastes of Motion and Inventory as they pertain to projects. Motion To recap, Lean’s 8 wastes are: Waiting Motion Inventory Transportation Defects [...]

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More Lean(er) project management, part 1

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TweetIn my background, I’ve worked on a lot of projects and programs, and there are always a few universal themes with the ones that don’t ever seem to go well. In my mind, most of the problems on these dogs can be attributed to the project team’s inability to step back and examine their own [...]

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A Problem Solving joke: The number puzzle

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A friend sent me a joke this week. ¬†It was clever, but it also contained a couple of good messages about not letting a problem get in your way, ¬†thinking sideways and not letting a someone who’s lost in linear thought get the best of you. [Read more]

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The angry myth

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Admit it, we all do it. We all get angry and try to use that anger to bend others to our will. Kids, strangers, signifcant others, the kid at the deli counter, the guy in accounting…..they’re all subject to our ire and they can be forced to comply. Sometimes – maybe even most of the time – we’ll see them cave in and give us what we want. Unfortuantely, that cooperation rarely lasts for long. [Read more]

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