Six Powerful PowerPoint Pointers

“Simplify to amplify;  Edit content down to key points; Slides must be readable; Slides are not the same as written reports; Slides should provide visual support; Leverage the power of effective graphics.” Garr Reynolds 1. Make slides easy to understand Limit slides to five main bullet points . The average person can remember from five […]
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The Insider’s Guide to Sustainability in Monitoring and Controlling your Project – Part 4 of 4

In Part 3 of 4, I talked about sustainability in Project Time Management and Project Cost Management. Now, in Part 4 of 4, we conclude with sustainability in Project Quality Management, Project Human Resource Management, Project Communications Management, Project Risk Management, and Project Procurement Management. “The processes used in project management are critical to project […]
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How Machiavellian Principles Can Be Applied to Project Leadership

Machiavelli believed in success by any means.  He writes in The Prince that “the skill of an individual leader is the key factor in determining the success of a state or enterprise.”  In today’s world, the behaviors, competencies, and responsibilities of the project leader are key factors in determining the success of the project. The […]
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How Classical Writings Relate to Project Leadership Today

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana (1863-1952)  In this blog, I will trace classical writings on leadership and adapt their meanings to help understand contemporary project management/leadership issues. Why Study the Classical Literature of Leadership? The framework of modern project leadership practice originates in the classical writings […]
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How to Use Root Cause Analysis (Ask “Why?” Five Times)

Introduction Oftentimes, what appears to be “the” problem is really a symptom of a deeper problem.  As project leaders we often jump to solutions before fully exploring the root cause of the problem.  Fixing a symptom is just a band aid and doesn’t address the root cause(s). If we want to truly fix “the” problem, […]
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