Motivating Others…And Yourself: The Four Levers of Motivation

If you need to motivate others then here are four levers that you can pull that work with developers and other IT staff; If you’re feeling unmotivated by your own work, here’s why you feel that way (and, perhaps, what you can do about it). As head of an IT department, I figured that I had three […]
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Raising Girls to Negotiate: Knocking Over the House of Cards

It may well be true that women haven’t been assertive enough when it comes to negotiating. But the critical problem in negotiating may not be about how assertive you are — it may be about recognizing your value to the other party. As part of preparing for the fifth season of the Netflix drama “House of Cards”, Robin Wright, one of the […]
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Handling Difficult Conversations

While you may never have to fire anyone, there are all sorts of conversations that  you can have with a fellow employee that are going to be awkward and difficult for the both of you. It doesn’t have to be that way…provided that you ask the right questions. Scott Miller at the Bleacher Report has a depressing story […]
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The High Cost of Poor Project Communications Management

Organizations waste US$122 million for every US$1 billion invested due to poor project performance — a 12 percent increase over last year! In the context of organizational project and program management, communications is a core competency that, when properly executed, connects every member of a project team to a common set of strategies, goals and […]
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Emotional Intelligence: Your Four Advisers

The communication between advisers forms the basis for emotional intelligence. We function on the basis of four advisers: Instinctual (brain stem) Emotional or heart (limbic system) Thinking or rational (neocortex) Intuitive (The brain structure for this adviser has not been successfully located yet) Our four advisers interact by informing each other; they may overshadow, dominate […]
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