The Critical First Step in Solving Problems

Solving problems is great…but, first, you have to determine what the problem really is. This doesn’t necessarily require some brilliant flash of insight — there are simple tools that you can apply to nail down what’s going wrong. You can start, for example, by determining what IS and IS NOT true compared to other problems you […]
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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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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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Making Project Culture Work for You

Project culture is a system of shared values and beliefs that influence project team member behavior. The Determinants of Project Culture Often the origin of culture lies in the values, administrative practices, and personality of the project manager. Culture responds to and mirrors the conscious and unconscious choices, behavior patterns, and prejudices of project managers. […]
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The Seven Elements of Successful Performance Planning

Why is managing performance important to my organization? The performance of any organization is dependent upon the performance of the individuals within it. In order to grow and develop it is essential for any organization to grow and develop their people toward high performance. By recognizing and utilizing their strengths and talents and developing their […]
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