Seven Skills for High-Performing Project Teams

Successful project managers know that effective teams get the work done and then some.  The trick is to build and maintain an effective project team within your organization.  The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a team as “a number of persons associated together in work or activity.”  Sounds good to me. When I looked up this […]
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What This Project Manager Learned Working at Wendy’s

When I was in high school back in the 1970’s, I got my first “real” summer job working at the local Wendy’s.  This was a big change from babysitting young children on the weekends or having a lemonade stand at the corner in the summertime.  Many of the basic skills and attitudes that I bring […]
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Addressing the Communication and Collaboration Challenges of Remote Teams

Communicate, communicate, and communicate! On any project, you must ensure that mechanisms for effective communications are firmly in place and well understood. The more geographically distributed your team members and stakeholders are, the more you and your project are at risk of mis-communicating or simply not communicating at all.  It is well-known that poor project […]
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Why Does Your Organzation Have Teams?

Ever wonder exactly why your organization chooses to use teams to get things done? After all, teams and teamwork are not new concepts. Teams can often be more effective than traditional hierarchical structures for making decisions quickly and efficiently A team is a group of people who are interdependent with respect to information, resources, and skills, […]
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Recognizing and Addressing Project Team Conflicts

Working in teams requires you to manage and address conflicts. It is essential that project managers recognize the two basic types of conflict: emotional and cognitive. Emotional conflict stems from personal interactions, while cognitive conflicts are based upon disagreements on matters of substantive value or impact on the project or organization. Resolution of cognitive conflict […]
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